Criteria For Assessing Sites

Regionally Important Geodiversity Sites (RIGS) are protected by local authorities through the planning system. Led and co-ordinated by GMRIGS draws together experts, students of geology and community volunteers to assess sites and so contribute to our understanding and conservation of our geological heritage.

RIGS are selected using four nationally agreed criteria:

  • The value of a site for educational purposes in life-long learning;
  • The value of a site for study by both professional and amateur Earth scientists;
  • The historical value of a site in terms of important advances in Earth science knowledge, events or human exploitation;
  • The aesthetic value of a site in the landscape, particularly in relation to promoting public awareness and appreciation of Earth sciences.