GeoSuffolk

The GeoSuffolk group is an association of geologists committed to promoting understanding and appreciation of the landscape and geology of Suffolk .

Objective 1 (Theme 1)

Foster research

  • A Celebration of Suffolk Geology
    GeoSuffolk's 10th Anniversary volume, 'A Celebration of Suffolk Geology' was published in 2012. With over 460 pages and over 40 authors, it has encouraged a variety of research topics on the geodiversity of Suffolk. 'A Celebration of Suffolk Geology' was donated to all schools in Suffolk which teach Geology GCSE/A level.

Objective 2 (Theme 2)

Recognition in policy

  • Local List 160 monitoring
    GeoSuffolk passes documented site information on its County Geodiversity Sites and RIGS to local councils, to help inform Local List 160 monitoring, and also to disseminate information about the sites to the relevant planning officers.

Objective 3 (Theme 2)

Demonstrate relevance to sustainable development

  • Earth Heritage Suffolk
    GeoSuffolk's Handbook, 'Earth Heritage Suffolk' published in 2010 was given to all geodiversity providers in Suffolk - private and public landowners / managers, local government officers, the AONBs. It was designed to adapt to the web site and forms an integral part of www.geosuffolk.co.uk . This is updated via our quarterly e-newsletter GeoSuffolk Times.

Objective 4 (Theme 2)

Advocate design that enhances

  • Restoration of the Spa Gardens CGS
    GeoSuffolk has had input to the restoration of the Spa Gardens CGS in Felixstowe - an Edwardian water garden. We have advised on the restoration of the Greyfriars wall at Dunwich, built from local Coralline Crag.

Objective 5 (Theme 3)

Establish audit

  • Documentation of geodiversity sites
    142 geodiversity sites in Suffolk have been visited and documented to date. The site records are kept in Ipswich Museum

Objective 6 (Theme 4)

Conserve through sites and areas

  • Designation of geodiversity sites
    GeoSuffolk has designated 31 local geodiversity sites so far. 8 of these are RIGS and 23 are the new Public County Geodiversity Sites (CGS). All of these latter have public access. This information is held by the Suffolk Biological Records Centre.

Objective 7 (Theme 4)

Maintain and enhance through management

  • Site management at Rockhall Wood SSSI
    GeoSuffolk members help with site management at Rockhall Wood SSSI.

  • Condition monitoring
    Most of the CGS /RIGS have been condition monitored and the results passed to the landowners (e.g. Forestry Commission, Suffolk Wildlife Trust). This process will be completed in 2013.

Objective 8 (Theme 4)

Share good practice

  • Site management advice
    GeoSuffolk advises landowners / managers on management of geodiversity sites e.g. Westleton Common CGS (Westleton Parish Council), Holywells Park RIGS (Ipswich Park Ranger service).

Objective 9 (Theme 5)

Make relevant to the wider world

  • GeoSuffolk website
    GeoSuffolk's web site www.geosuffolk.co.uk offers a range of accessible geodiversity information, including our 7 interpretive leaflets.

  • Themed public events
    Themed public events (based on the Museum collection) are held at Ipswich Museum and supported by GeoSuffolk. The local community are invited to bring their own fossils for identification and children are encouraged to make models and learn more about local geology and palaeontology.

  • Guided field trips
    GeoSuffolk members lead guided field trips and lecture in the region as requested by such organisations as the Open University, U3A, Suffolk Naturalists' Society and others.

  • Interpretive Panels
    GeoSuffolk produced and installed interpretive panels on the public footpaths near the Rockhall Wood SSSI and at Stoke Tunnel SSSI in Ipswich.

Objective 10 (Theme 5)

Use the arts to involve people

  • Pliocene Forest
    The 'Pliocene Forest' at Rockhall Wood SSSI is an innovative project which has seen the planting of 100+ trees in a deer-fenced area of this Coralline Crag site which are representative of genera from the Coralline Crag pollen record. The Pliocene Forest was opened to the local community on the Sutton parish 'Gardens Open Day'.

  • Geodiversity scrapbooks
    GeoSuffolk is creating scrapbooks of geodiversity cuttings, notes, photographs, etc. on a parish by parish basis to make this material more accessible for local communities. The first of these have recently been on display for Suffolk Local History Council members.

Objective 11 (Theme 5)

Create resources to help integrate geodiversity into learning

  • A Celebration of Suffolk Geology
    GeoSuffolk's 10th Anniversary volume, 'A Celebration of Suffolk Geology' was published in 2012. With over 460 pages and over 40 authors, it has encouraged a variety of research topics on the geodiversity of Suffolk. 'A Celebration of Suffolk Geology' was donated to all schools in Suffolk which teach Geology GCSE/A level.

Objective 12 (Theme 6)

Involve more people

  • GeoSuffolk Times
    Our group (of 13 people, early 2013) is composed of people actively working on our projects or representing geological interests. We also keep in regular touch with those of value to our aims via our quarterly newsletter GeoSuffolk Times.

Objective 13 (Theme 6)

Increase financial support

  • Funding
    GeoSuffolk has received grants from a number of organisations to help with its work. National organisations include the Quaternary Research Association and the Geologists' Association. Locally, the Ipswich Institute, the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, the Suffolk Naturalists' Society and the Ipswich Society have provided funding. Natural England has given some remuneration for condition monitoring the CGS. Tree sponsorship helps to fund the 'Pliocene Forest'.

Objective 14 (Theme 6)

Encourage working together

  • Suffolk coast
    The Suffolk coast provides opportunities for a united approach. GeoSuffolk has participated e.g. in the Dunwich Museum led 'Living with Coastal Change' workshop and the Southampton University ICOASST project.

  • Geologists' Association Festival of Geology
    GeoSuffolk has a stand with information on Suffolk geology each year at the Geologists' Association Festival of Geology in London.