Once we destroy an important rock sequence or
glacial landform, we can never re-create it. So, although rocks
have lasted millennia and may seem ‘hard’ and ‘invulnerable’ they
do need protection.
Quarrying, urban and rural development, land-fill waste
disposal, road building and coastal protection are just some of the
activities that threaten and could damage Wales’ geodiversity.
Geoconservation includes the protection of geological areas
– geosites. It also includes activities that promote the
sustainable use of geodiversity resources for education and
The government, through official bodies such as CCW, has
traditionally been responsible for protecting geodiversity.
We do so by designating Sites of Special Scientific Interest
(SSSI) and National Nature Reserves (NNR). In recent years local
voluntary groups have also helped with this process by choosing
RIGS - Regionally Important Geodiversity Sites.