Geologically interesting web sites

British Geological Survey – the national geological survey, based in Keyworth, near Nottingham.

English Heritage – the focus for buildings of national and regional importance.

Forest of Dean – ingenious use of local stone.

Fossil Focus – the BGS guide to the main fossil groups.

Friends of Ludlow Museum – supporting the Shropshire Museums Collections.

GB3D Type Fossils Online – the project aiming to develop a single database of the type specimens held in British collections of all macrofossils found in the UK, including links to photographs (including ‘anaglyph’ stereo pairs) and a selection of 3D digital models.

Geological Maps – access to detailed maps produced by the Geological Survey including scans of the early editions at a level of detail equivalent to one inch to one mile.

Geological Society of London – the national body for professional geologists.

Geologists’ Association – the senior geological society for geological enthusiasts, to which the Shropshire Geological Society is affiliated.

Natural England – describes how Natural England helps to protect important geological sites, and has a summary of the geological highlights within Shropshire: here.

Open University Geological Society – perhaps the most active amateur geological society in the country.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History – a major collection of specimens.

Palaeomap Project – some nice models and animations showing the Earth at different periods throughout geological time.

Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge – a major collection of specimens.

Shropshire Groundwater available here  – an innovative scheme to supplement water supply using groundwater, details of which are in this report.

Shropshire Mining – a comprehensive coverage of mining sites within the county.

Shropshire Museums Collections Centre (formerly Ludlow Museum Resource Centre) – the County collection of specimens, maps and publications concerning Shropshire, based in Ludlow.

Stone Roofing Association – concerning roofs.

Other societies with an interest in Shropshire geology

Black Country Geological Society – a largely amateur geological society which meets regularly in Dudley.

East Midlands Geological Society – a large regional geological society which meets regularly in Nottingham. Publishes the Mercian Geologist.

Ludlow Research Group – an association of professional geologists with research interests in the Silurian, founded in 1951 to provide a focus for the diverse projects then underway and still providing a valuable forum for the exchange and standardisation of nomenclature and stratigraphy.

Ludlow Lectures – a regular Tuesday morning lectures series concerned with the landscape and history of Ludlow and the Marches.

Mid-Wales Minerals, Fossils and Geology Club – a largely amateur geological society which meets regularly in Newtown.

Malvern U3A Geology Group – an active U3A Group with a very useful website including detailed descriptions of past field trips and lectures.

North Staffordshire Group of the Geologists’ Association  – a largely amateur geological society which meets regularly in Keele.

West Midlands Regional Group of the Geological Society – the regional arm of the Geological Society, meeting regularly in Wolverhampton or Birmingham and catering primarily for professional geologists.

Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club – a largely amateur geological society which meets regularly in Hereford. Publishes the Transactions.

Geoconservation groups in the Marches

GCR sites – describes how the JNCC hosts the Geological Conservation Review series of nationally important geological sites.

Geology – provides a focus for geoconservation in the West Midlands and Borders.

Gloucestershire Geoconservation – has a strong emphasis on the conservation of geological and geomorphological sites.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust – also publishes leaflets and conducts projects to increase awareness of geology through the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust.

Secret Hills National Landscape (formerly AONB) – concerned with South Shropshire.

Shropshire Geodiversity Action Plan (SGAP) prepared by a Working Group comprising Shropshire County Council (Planning Development and Museum Services), the Shropshire Geological Society and the Shropshire Wildlife Trust. The aim is to promote a wider understanding of the issues and opportunities affecting geological sites and resources within the County, establishing a coherent framework within which actions to protect and promote the Shropshire’s geological heritage can be identified and progressed. The full SGAP can be seen by clicking here for the summary and by clicking here for the full Plan.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust – conservation of wildlife and the natural environment.

SSSI (Natural England) – the national body responsible for the designation and conservation of Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Teme Valley Geological Society conserves sites hosts talks and supports projects, for example, the Knighton Mapping project.