Geoconservation is the identification and development of Local Geodiversity Sites. These can be landscapes, landforms or rock features of particular value for education, scientific study, historical value or tourism.
They are broadly equivalent to Local Wildlife Sites and other non-statutory wildlife designations in their level of protection through Local Council Planning systems. Scottish Natural Heritage SNH www.snh.org.uk have a booklet in their publications section at firstname.lastname@example.org called “Guidance on Establishing and Managing Local Nature Conservation Site Systems in Scotland” which explains what happens within the Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Sites Team.
In 2007 GeoD was given funding of £6850, spread over 4 years, from SNH to research and submit 68 sites suitable for geoconservation. Over the last 3 years there have been over 200 sites assessed and 43 submitted to SNH for approval with another 25 due at the end of 2011.