Warwickshire Local Geological Sites
Local Geological Sites (LGS - formerly RIGS) are important sites that underpin and complement Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). RIGS were established in 1990 by the Nature Conservancy Council (NCC) and continue to be actively supported by the UK statutory conservation agencies. The sites are selected by voluntary local groups according to the following nationally agreed criteria:
sites do not have formal statutory protection in the
same way as SSSIs. However, local groups notify
local planning authorities of the sites that have
been declared in their area and encourage the
protection of the site through the planning process.
WGCG is the local group responsible for the
identification of LGSs in Warwickshire.
Warwickshire has one of the most varied selections of rocks in the country. It spans over 600 million years from the depths of the Precambrian period, with violent volcanic eruptions, through to the much more recent sands and gravels which formed during the Pleistocene ice age, whose latest phase was only 10,000 years ago......more
There are over 80 sites designated as LGS in Warwickshire. Information about each site can be accessed by browsing the links below.
formations present at each site
In addition to LGSs, there are 20 geological SSSIs in Warwickshire....more
Recently designated sites
96 Staircase Lane, Allesley
An outcrop of the Allesley Member of the Carboniferous Salop Formation (Warwickshire Group) is exposed on both sides of a road cutting.
97 Kenilworth Cutting, Coventry Road
Exposure of the Permian Kenilworth Sandstone Formation (Warwickshire Group) on the East side of a disused railway cutting.
98 The Dumble Tufa Springs
The site is a “finger” of woodland occupying a narrow gulley cut by a stream on the east side of Kingsbury Wood. It contains well developed tufa features in several locations.
99 Bell Green Road, Coventry
The main feature is a 21 metres long exposure of the Triassic Bromsgrove Sandstone Formation (Sherwood Sandstone Group).
100 Astley Castle - Moat
An exposure of the Whitacre Member of the Carboniferous Salop Formation (Warwickshire Group) beneath the curtain wall of the castle.
101 Astley Castle - Dark Lane
An exposure of the Whitacre Member of the Carboniferous Salop Formation (Warwickshire Group) on both sides of a sunken lane.
In the event of any development or planning consultation relating to any LGS or its surrounds, please contact: Local Geological Sites Officer