Geological Conservation Review Sites

The Geological Conservation Review (GCR) aims to identify geological sites of national and international importance.

These sites display sediments, rocks, minerals, fossils, and features of the landscape that make a special contribution to our understanding and appreciation of Earth science and the geological history of Britain.

A total of 64 GCR sites have been identified across Lochaber. GCR sites give considerable disincentives for Councils to approve potential developments.

Information about the sites can be found on line at with lists of GCR sites.

History of GCRs

A major initiative to identify and describe the most important geological sites in Britain began in 1977, with the launching of the Geological Conservation Review (GCR) by what was then the Nature Conservancy Council (NCC). This was a major step forward in Earth heritage conservation.