Geodiversity is the variety of rocks and minerals, landforms, soils and geological process that form a key component of our natural heritage.
The most important geological sites and features in the county are protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest or as Local Sites (formerly known as County Geological Sites). For more information see protected sites.
Durham Geodiversity Audit
The Durham Geodiversity Audit provides a detailed description and evaluation of the geological and geomorphological features of County Durham. It was prepared by the British Geological Survey, in collaboration with us, with funding from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) administered by the Minerals Industry Research Organisation (MIRO). You can download a copy by clicking on the link on this page. Alternatively, you can get a paper copy by contacting the Ecology team.
North Pennines UNESCO European and Global Geopark
The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was awarded the status of UNESCO European Geopark in 2003. You can get details of the Geopark and its work in conserving and interpreting Geodiversity on the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website.
North Pennines Geodiversity Audit and Action Plan
The North Pennines AONB Geodiversity Audit and Action Plan 2004 -2009 covers the AONB area and can be downloaded from the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website.