Updating The Scottish Fossil Code – have your say

NatureScot is seeking views on the updated and refreshed Scottish Fossil Code which is due for relaunch in early 2023. The views from individuals, organisations and specific interest groups will inform the Code’s final preparation. Please note that this consultation is now closed.

The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 required Scottish Natural Heritage, now known as NatureScot, to prepare the Scottish Fossil Code. This was in recognition of the value and vulnerability of Scotland’s fossil heritage and that laws alone cannot entirely safeguard it.

The Scottish Fossil Code, first published in 2008, is aimed at everyone with an interest or involvement in Scottish palaeontology (the study of fossils) and outlines the roles and responsibilities of those that own and use palaeontological resources. It gives information on the nature of Scotland’s fossil heritage and the need to manage and safeguard it for future generations.

The main focus of the Code is to ensure fossils are collected responsibly and legally. The Code also provides best practice in the care and maintenance of Scotland’s fossil heritage held in collections.

To ensure that the refreshed Code is understandable and caters for all those that have an interest in Scotland’s fossil heritage we would appreciate your comments and advice.

Please bear in mind, when having your say, that a concise version of the Code will also be published and that the Code is not a guide on where to collect fossils. 

A few questions are presented here to help you target your comments.