Further Information

Geology of Northern Ireland

The Geological Survey of Northern Ireland has a wealth of information available through on-line services and a range of products

Main website

Maps, publications and resources

Online maps

Ireland: Historical

Geological memoirs to accompany 1:50000 map series

Most recent geology regional for NI: Geology of Northern Ireland: Our Natural Foundation – complete publication available.

The Ulster Museum Habitas website holds further information at: http://www.habitas.org.uk/ - scroll down to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils heading

The Earth Science Ireland group (formerly Earth Science 2000) has produced a very accessible and diverse magazine on a huge range of earth science topics relevant to Ireland. These can be accessed at: http://www.earthscienceireland.org/

The BBC Northern Ireland series, Landscapes Unlocked can be accessed at:

A series of publications are listed on the Selected Places to Visit page. Two further books to consider are:
Mike Young (ed) Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland.
Mike Young and Alex Donald (eds). A Guide to the Tellus Data. http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/509171/

Geology beyond Northern Ireland

The Geological Survey of Ireland, covering the Republic of Ireland, has an excellent website and diverse range of materials at: www.gsi.ie

Similarly the British Geological Survey, in addition to hosting much of the GSNI material, has a huge range of information for Britain at: www.bgs.ac.uk

Get involved

Belfast Geologists Society has an annual programme of geology excursions and lectures: - http://www.belfastgeologists.org.uk/

Belfast Naturalists Field Club has a geology section and usually has geology excursions as part of their events programme: http://www.bnfc.org.uk/BNFC/Home.html

General information and other sources

E-magazines and online sources

Earth Heritage is published twice a year and focuses on geological and landscape conservation matters in the UK.

Geosupplies hold a wealth of equipment, maps and publications as well as running training events and geology themed trips in the UK and beyond. They produce a monthly e-mag called Down to Earth: http://www.geosupplies.co.uk/acatalog/geosupplies-shopindex.html

An excellent and hugely diverse geology website is at Geology.com: https://geology.com/


Most museums, including the Ulster Museum and Armagh Museum, hold informative and important geology displays. Two museums are particularly worth visiting:
Dynamic Earth Exhibition, Edinburgh: https://www.dynamicearth.co.uk/
Natural History Museum, London, geology collection: www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/geology.html


At local, national and international levels, there is increasing recognition that our geological heritage, the story of Earth’s history, is every bit in need of sustainable management and, in some cases conservation action, as our biodiversity and habitats. More information can be found at:
Joint Nature Conservation Committee co-ordinate activities across the four UK regional statutory conservation bodies: http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=1
GSNI via funding from the Environment Fund (administered by Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs) have developed a Geoconservation Charter for Northern Ireland: www.bgs.ac.uk/gsni/pdf/GeodiversityCharterNI_web.pdf
Together with an Action Plan for 2017 – 2020: Geodiversity Action Plan

There is also a UK Geodiversity Action Plan: http://www.ukgap.org.uk/

The magazine Geoheritage is a good source for up-to-date information on this theme https://link.springer.com/journal/volumesAndIssues/12371

The aim of the Geoconservation Committee is to help conserve the diverse geology and rich geological and geomorphological heritage of the United Kingdom:

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