Bucks Earth Heritage Group
The BEHG consists of people from many backgrounds ; geologists, biologists, archaeologists, planners, museum staff, conservancy and many interested local people and families from the general public.
We run lots of events covering a range of activities including talks, workshops, and indoor fun days such as the Rock and Fossil Roadshow, guided walks and quarry visits, amongst others. A couple of times a year we will work on one of our special sites (one of the SSSI or LGS sites) and help to conserve the interest and value of the area.
A group getting ready to record a quarry section
The group is part of the Geo-Conservation UK network which means that we look after the County's rocks, fossils and landscapes. Our volunteers find the activities great fun and very rewarding. The group are always looking for new members (no prior experience or knowledge necessary) and we extend a warm welcome to anyone wishing to join the many activities.
The Bucks Earth Heritage Group is also an affiliated member of the Geologists' Association. During 2011 we also joined with other local geology groups to be part of the SE Geo Partnership (BEHG, Surrey RIGs, Kent RIGs, Berkshire Geoconservation Group, Oxfordshire Geology Trust and other stakeholders including the British Geological Survey.) The aim being to work across the county boundaries and promote geological conservation through larger higher profile projects.
Why do we need a local group to identify, research and look after geological and landscape sites? Basically, the county has lost many of its geological exposures that have previously been available in road cuttings or in the quarries used for industries such as brick-making or gravel extraction. We need sites:
College lake - an old quarry transformed into nature's paradise, while still showing the original geology.