Geology and Landscape In Northumberland National Park
Geodiversity is the link between landscape, people and their culture; it is the variety of geological environments, phenomena and processes that make those landscapes, rocks, minerals, fossils and soils which provide the framework for life on earth.
The importance of the rich natural and historical heritage and the need to ensure protection of this precious resource are fundamental to the sustainable management of the Northumberland National Park. Some aspect of earth science impacts upon almost every facet of the district’s character. Policies for the better protection and understanding of wildlife, cultural and historical issues are already in place for the National Park. To these must be added policies designed to understand, protect and interpret the area’s equally rich geodiversity.
Our Geodiversity Audit and Action Plan is the first comprehensive report prepared specifically for any of the 14 National Parks in Great Britain, and as such, it is hoped that this publication will serve as an example of good practice for other National Parks and protected areas.
This Audit and Action Plan has been compiled by the British Geological Survey (BGS). This publication was made possible largely thanks to the Minerals Industry Research Organisation (MIRO) who provided funding, from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability fund via The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, for geodiversity studies in Northumberland National Park and the surrounding area.