Author: SGT Web

Scotland Rocks – A Talk for Students, 26th February 2016

Calling all young people out there!talkscience

Prof Iain Stewart will give a talk targeted at school and other students, on the contribution of Scottish earth scientists.  The talk is part of the The Royal Society of Edinburgh events programme, and is included in the Talk Science series of meetings for school and other students, supported by Irvine Bay Regeneration.  He will explore and celebrate the significant Scottish contribution to current understanding of earth science.

The talk is in Greenwood Academy, Irvine on the evening of Friday 26th February and is free of charge.

Find out more and book at

Walk in the footsteps of the great Victorian Geologists – 2016 Geotours in the North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark

The North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark was the first in Scotland to be designated as a Global Geopark in 2004. The new designation of UNESCO Global Geoparks was ratified in Paris during November 2015 and now means we hold a similar status to World Heritage Sites. UNESCO Global Geoparks are set up to promote tourism, education and conservation in an area with globally important geological heritage. The North West Highlands Geopark is situated in the northwest corner of Scotland, it covers an area of 2000 sq. km and is home to just 2000 people.arkle-from-loch-stack2-small-300x199

We have two week long tours running in late Spring and early Autumn next year. Expert tuition by Geopark staff will help you to interpret the geology of this wild and remote highland landscape. The area has the lowest population density in Europe and exhibits unique geodiversity and biodiversity. As home of the oldest rocks in Europe, the first identified thrust fault and with evidence of the earliest life; the North West Highlands Geopark really is the “Cradle of Geology”.

Full details of the tours and information on how to book can be found here :

New programme recognises Scotland’s ‘UNESCO Global Geoparks’

UNESCO – the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture – has announced a new programme, which creates “UNESCO Global Geoparks.” This is the first new UNESCO designation of its kind to be established in over 40 years and puts Global Geoparks alongside UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Previously operating with the informal support of UNESCO, the status of Global Geoparks will now be formally recognised under the new programme.

There are two UNESCO Global Geoparks in Scotland – Geopark Shetland and the North West Highlands Geopark, belonging to a network of seven sites in the UK and a growing international network – areas of outstanding geological interest which use their unique geology to drive community development.

All of the UK’s UNESCO Global Geoparks have internationally significant geology. But what sets UNESCO Global Geoparks apart is that they are locally-led partnerships that work to support sustainable economic development of the area, primarily through geological and eco-tourism, with activities such as developing geotrails and projects to bring geology to life for people and holding festivals and events. They also organise education projects in schools and communities.

Hugh Miller Writing Competition 2015-16

Competition logoThe Scottish Geodiversity Forum and partners are delighted to announce the launch of the Hugh Miller Writing Competition, inspired by the geological and landscape writing of Hugh Miller, 1802-1856.

Open to all ages and free to enter, the competition invites entries inspired by the geological and landscape writings of Hugh Miller, Scotland’s celebrated self-taught geologist. As a poet and prolific writer, the wealth of potential inspiration that Miller provides in his work is worthy of widespread public engagement. We hope that this writing competition will encourage a renewed interest in Miller’s work, a catalogue of new writings inspired by one of Scotland’s greatest nature writers and greater awareness and appreciation of Scotland’s geodiversity.

Full details, rules and how to enter at


Geovandalism – kyanite theft on Islay

b_islayLetter from David Webster published today in the Ileach, local newspaper for Islay and Jura …

“Dear Sir,
Islay has a unique and varied geological heritage and it is shame that someone has chosen to steal one of its rarest rocks. The entire exposure of an unusual occurrence of the mineral kyanite has been removed from near Kilnaughton beach. The exposure is shown in my book ‘A Guide to the Geology of Islay’ and I am most upset that a reader has chosen to destroy the locality for others. In particular a PhD student’s research has been severely compromised. If anyone can shed any light on this wanton act of geo-vandalism I’d be grateful if they would contact me.”

Please send any info to and we can send it on.

New Geological Excursion Guide – Stirling & Perth

stirling_and_perth_area_front_cover__60478_thumbThe long-awaited Geological excursion guide to the Stirling & Perth Area has now been published by Edinburgh Geological Society and National Museums Scotland, price £15.99.

The Stirling and Perth area comprises some wonderfully varied geology, from the Dalradian metamorphic rocks in the southern Highlands to a range of sedimentary and igneous rocks within the Midland Valley. The eighteen excursions in the book guide the reader to the best geology that the region has to offer, from complex metamorphic rocks around Dunkeld, through the terrestrial old red sandstone around Perth, to the younger and more varied Carboniferous sedimentary rocks south of Stirling. The igneous rocks of the Ochil and Campsie hills are also included, and there are building stone excursions in Perth and Stirling.  This is a must-have addition to your geological bookshelf.

The new book is available from …

Summer Explorers at Our Dynamic Earth Edinburgh, July 2015

summer-explorer-copySummer Explorers

Young people aged 8 to 16 are invited to come explore with us and discover the wonders of Holyrood Park, a unique wild space in the heart of Edinburgh.Furthermore we have teamed up with the John Muir Trust, with activities supporting their aim of protecting wild places and reconnecting people with nature. By taking part in our program young people will have the opportunity to participate in the John Muir Award, taking on the 4 challenges this encompasses; discovering a wild place, exploring its wildness, doing something to conserve it and, sharing experiences. As part of the summer programme participants will have the chance to achieve an Award at Discovery level. The two week long programs will offer participants the chance to learn all about the parks past, present and future through an engaging mixture of outdoor activities, scientific investigation, practical conservation, team games and more.

Young Explorers: 20th – 25th July 2015, 8 – 12 year olds

Outdoor Academy: 27th – 31st July 2015, 13 – 16 year olds

Further information –

This weekend at Dundee Science Centre …

Fossils: Our Record of Biodiversity from the Abyss of Deep Time

Dundee Science Centre
Friday 22nd May to Sunday 24th May. 10am – 5pm
Meet the experts to discover some of our favourite Scottish fossils

Come along to Dundee Science Centre between the 22nd-24th May where we will have some of Scotland’s top fossil experts in the centre to discuss the nations favourite five fossils from the Scottish Fossil Five poll. Learn about Devonian fish, Middle Jurassic dinosaurs, trilobites, early tetrapods and fossil trees, and discover why they were voted our favourite Scottish fossils. You can also take the opportunity to ask questions about fossils that you have always wanted to know and you can ask the experts about their work too.

Have fun with fossils meeting experts from the following organisations:

– Scottish Natural Heritage
– Scottish Geodiversity Forum
– University of Edinburgh
– University of Glasgow
– PalAlba
– Mr Wood’s Fossils
– Geoheritage Fife
– Tayside Geodiversity