Shropshire RIGS Group

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SHROPSHIRE RIGS GROUP

Membership/Structure

Formed in 1979 the Shropshire Geological Society is host to the RIGS activity within the County. The Society is a Charity operating under Charity Commission Rules. Very active group (c 80 members). The Group has no paid staff. It has a management Committee of 9 elected members and the Shropshire County Curator for Natural history as an ex-officio member. The Society also has a Programme Sub-Committee and a Projects Sub-Committee with oversees the RIGS work.

Key Functions

Its key objective is to to promote research in geology and allied sciences, more specifically in Shropshire and adjacent areas, and to advance the education of the public and to promote research in geology and allied sciences, more specifically in Shropshire and adjacent areas, in particular, but not exclusively, by:

  1. organising lectures, discussions, field excursions, exhibits and displays,
  2. promoting the recording and conservation of sites of geological interest.

The group contributes to the RIGS Database that is hosted by Shropshire Council, on their corporate GIS through the Environmental Records office. Basic data is managed with Excel; GIS uses Idrisi linked to M/S Access; Shropshire Council manages the data using ArcGIS, made available through its public portal "ShropMap", a derivative of ArcMap/ArcView. The public can view information on “ShropMap” those sites that are on, or may be viewed from, public rights of way.

Further details

The following Internet links provide detail on the individual member fuctions and activities contributing to the partnership.


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