GeoMôn

Anglesey (Môn) is the largest of the Welsh islands, situated in the north west corner of Wales. GeoMôn was set up as a major project to establish Anglesey as a Geopark. One of the chief aims of this project is to promote the sustainable use of Anglesey's geodiversity sites for education.

Objective 5 (Theme 3)

Establish audit

  • Identification of GeoSites
    GeoMôn provide details of some of Anglesey’s key geological sites, including GCR sites, RIGS and SSSIs, through their online Geosite index. They are classified according to the period of geological time they represent and there are two separate categories of geosites where the palaeontology or mineralisation are the features of particular note. Sites are described according to their importance and the key features that they comprise.

Objective 6 (Theme 4)

Conserve through sites and areas

  • GeoMôn Geopark status
    GeoMôn was set up as a major project to establish Anglesey as an international Geopark. The Coordination Committee of the European Geoparks Network voted to accept GeoMôn as a new member of the European Geoparks Network in 2009.

Objective 9 (Theme 5)

Make relevant to the wider world

  • Geotrail: Newborough Forest to Llanddwyn Island
    A walking guide to the fascinating geology of south-west Anglesey, showing the progression of the island from the creation of the ocean floor as a mid-ocean ridge, to its burial and metamorphism as techtonic plates collided.

  • Young Geologists’ Club
    Various activities and projects take place at the Young Geologists Club for children aged 4 to 11 years. The YGC runs field trips and residential courses and promotes geology to the wider public through events in museums and at festivals of geology throughout the country. Activities throughout the year include events where children can make model dinosaurs and erupting volcanoes, attend local geological walks, ‘forensic geology’ and looking after your own fossil collection, and the ‘Geopark Week’.

Objective 11 (Theme 5)

Create resources to help integrate geodiversity into learning

  • Anglesey Geology Field Guide
    A field guide that “will help a wider audience open a window into the history of the Earth and provide a manual by which to test the plate tectonic model”.

  • Young Geologists’ Club
    Various activities and projects take place at the Young Geologists Club for children aged 4 to 11 years. The YGC runs field trips and residential courses and promotes geology to the wider public through events in museums and at festivals of geology throughout the country. Activities throughout the year include events where children can make model dinosaurs and erupting volcanoes, attend local geological walks, ‘forensic geology’ and looking after your own fossil collection, and the ‘Geopark Week’.

  • “Rocky Scrambles in the Anglesey Geopark”
    Teachers notes, available to download online, of a fieldtrip to the southern end of Traeth Bychan, to investigate: structure and composition of the Carboniferous Limestone, a small igneous intrusion and palaeoenvironments. Other teaching opportunities highlighted are true and apparent dip and the opportunity to demonstrate coastal processes.

  • Educational Materials
    Proposals are in place to develop educational worksheets, publications and web-based materials for the Holy Island area of Anglesey (particularly South Stack & Rhoscolyn). All RIGS on the island are being assessed for their suitability as field sites for education at GCSE, A-Level and Degree levels and to be promoted for scientific research.

Objective 14 (Theme 6)

Encourage working together

  • Anglesey Local GAP
    The Anglesey LGAP, established by the Anglesey Geodiversity Partnership, has six main objectives: 1. Ensure effective conservation of Anglesey’s unique and outstanding geodiversity; 2. establish an effective local partnership to carry forward the objectives of the LGAP, particularly the GeoMôn Project; 3. maximise the use of Anglesey’s geodiversity for the education of local children and visiting schools, and other groups; 4. raise awareness of Anglesey’s geo-heritage with local people and visitors, to promote sustainable geotourism, attract visitors to the island and stimulate the local economy; 5. develop suitable policies and influence the policies of other groups and organisations to ensure effective geoconservation and sustainable use of geo-resources for education and geotourism. 6. to manage information efficiently to achieve all the above.