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1. Geologists' Association

A Charitable organization serving the interests of both amateur and professional geologists throughout the breadth of the United Kingdom since 1858, the Geologists' Association has consistently promoted the study of geology and helped geologists to widen and deepen their knowledge.

2. Sheppey Fossils

Lower Eocene fossils of the London Clay from the Isle of Sheppey Useful links to other fossil websites.

3. UKGE Limited

Specialists in earth science equipment, tools and books, geological maps, field equipment, navigation and safety wear. Provides data on fossil sites across the UK and organises field trips. Owns UK Fossils Network (listed below)

4. UK Fossils Network

The UK Fossils website contains 130 geological guides, free field events, information on fossils and is dedicated to all fossil enthusiasts.


The largest mineral database and mineralogical reference website on the internet. This site contains worldwide data on minerals, localities and other mineralogical information.

6. Open University Geological Society (SE Branch)

OUGS supports the study of geology and other earth sciences by providing opportunities for members to learn via field trips, talks, workshops and conferences led by experts in their fields. Membership is open to everyone interested in geology and other earth sciences, not just Open University students and staff.

7. Kent GeoConservation

The Regionally Important Geological/geomorphological Sites (RIGS) project is an Natural England sponsored initiative. The Kent GeoConservation Group is the organisation responsible for identifying and protecting RIGS in Kent.

8. Medway Fossil and Mineral Society

Founded in 1975 as the Medway Lapidary and Mineral Society (MLMS), the group has since dropped its interest in lapidary and changed its name. It now concentrates primarily on fossils and minerals. This very active group (having produced a CD-ROM and three very successful books) meets every week on Wednesday (except during the summer).

9. Sussex Mineral and Lapidary Society

This Society in the neighbouring county of Sussex meets on the first Friday of the month in the very comfortable Redwood Centre, adjacent to Clair Hall in Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath. Meetings normally last from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

10. Gault Ammonite

A website dedicated to beautifully preserved fossils of the Lower Cretaceous Albian (Gault Clay and Folkestone Beds) of Kent,England.

11. Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre (KMBRC)

The Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre (KMBRC) maintains a database of natural history data that can used by Local Authorities in the assessment of planning applications. The database is not accessible by the public but the centre will accept data records from members of the public and will provide a limited data search facility.

12. University of Kent at Tonbridge

Located in the centre of Tonbridge and close to the railway station the university offers a range of courses from day, summer and short courses to part-time degrees. Past courses have included geology and archaeology. For further details and a down-loadable PDF course brochure, go to the link below.

13. The Burgess Shale

Discovered in 1909 by Charles Walcott, the Burgess Shale, located on the west coast of Canada in the Canadian Rocky mountains, is one of the most important sites in the history of geology. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 to protect it from over-collecting. Why is it so important?
Because it has yielded superbly preserved fossils from the explosive growth in faunal biodiversity during the Cambrian period 500 million years ago, including the first known vertibrate believed to be the ancestor of all birds and mammals.