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Earth Heritage Habitat Task Force

People are often unaware of the geological treasures hidden in their local area. Neglect, fly tipping, development and inappropriate restoration often permanently destroy the Earth Heritage value of geological sites, whether they are in quarries, old railway cuttings or mines.

With this in mind, Oxfordshire RIGS Group, like many other geological conservation groups around the United Kingdom, are working hard to encourage greater awareness amongst the public and county planners of the rich geological heritage in Oxfordshire.

As Paul Grainger, Project officer for Oxfordshire RIGS (Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites) Group explains;
‘Our work is to identify sites, protect them and increase public awareness of their value. In Faringdon, for example, few local people realise that in the local quarries there are the fossilized remains of a huge sponge bed that is of unique scientific value to scientists around the world. In fact, some of the fossils are named after the town.’

Part of Oxfordshire RIGS work is to generate local interest in taking part in the protection and use of these sites. In Faringdon’s Coxwell Pit, for instance, the developer of this long abandoned quarry site has been very supportive of RIGS by donating part of the site and clearing areas for scientific and education purposes. For further information email contact@oxfordshirerigs.org


Other Habitat Task Forces
Open Settlements Wetlands Woodlands