Geodiversity is protected by a range of mechanisms, which includes statutory and non-statutory designation, planning policy and partnership working.
Nationally important geological sites are protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). In England, there are around 1215 geological SSSIs, which have been selected through the Geological Conservation Review.
Some SSSIs may also be National Nature Reserves. You can find out more about SSSIs and other types of designation in the Designated areas section.
Locally important sites may be declared as Local Nature Reserves or Local Geological Sites also known as Regionally Important Geological/Geomorphological Sites (RIGS). Areas important for their geology may also be recognised as a World Heritage Site like the Dorset and East Devon Coast, or Global Geopark.
Long-term conservation of geological sites often requires a positive approach to management, for example, through vegetation clearance to maintain rock exposures. To aid site management, geological sites have been grouped into different site-type categories using the Earth Science Conservation Classification.
Further information on the threats to geological sites and how they can be managed can be found in the publication Geological conservation: a guide to good practice.
Case studies and guidance for site managers who need to consider management of geological specimen collecting has been published in a series of technical information notes. This also includes guidance on responsible collecting practice.
Geodiversity Partnerships seek to share good practice, influence regional policy and establish cross-regional working for geodiversity.
Local Geodiversity Action Plans set out actions to conserve and enhance the geodiversity of a particular area through local partnership work.
The UK Geodiversity Action Plan (UKGAP) provides an agreed framework for geodiversity action across the UK.
You can find out more about how geodiversity is currently protected and managed and about the progress of partnership projects in Earth Heritage Magazine.