The Geological Conservation Review

The Geological Conservation Review (GCR) is a rigorous process to select areas of national and international importance for their geology and geomorphology within Great Britain.

Initiated by the Join Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) in 1977, the GCR is an ongoing process with site lists being updated over time.

Sites selected by the Geological Conservation Review, known as Geological Conservation Review (GCR) sites, are an important component of nature conservation in Scotland.

The criteria for GCR site selection are:

  • the finest and/or the most representative features for illustrating a particular aspect of geology or geomorphology.
  • a minimum of duplication of interest between sites,
  • sites should be possible to conserve in a practical sense.

More on the GCR can be found on the JNCC website.

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