Achieving more for nature

The Partnership

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Local Geological Sites

There are currently 95 Local Geological Sites (LGSs) in Greater Lincolnshire, with more selected by the GLNP each year. The first surveys began in 2008 by looking at the Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites (RIGSs), these were the predecessors of LGSs and were designated in the 1970s and 80s.

The guidelines and criteria for selecting LGSs are written and developed by the LGS Panel. The LGS Panel has been nominated by the GLNP to recommend sites for selection, and is made up of local geologists and experts from various Partner and non-partner organisations. These recommendations are then presented to the GLNP Steering Group for endorsement, before being passed to the local authorities for inclusion in their Local Plan or planning policy.

Identifying these sites helps local authorities meet their obligations under legislation and government guidance, including reporting on the number of sites in positive management for Single Data List Indicator 160-00. Identification also meets targets for actions within the Lincolnshire Geological Action Plan.

The majority of LGSs are on private land, and site selection does not infer any rights of public access.