Conservation of the geological interest of the Tees Valley as well as its wildlife interest has always been a concern of the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and is included in the organisation’s objectives registered with the Charity Commission. Some ten years ago the Trust established the Tees Valley RIGS Group to carry out a geological audit of the area and select a series of Regionally Important Geological Sites (RIGS) for protection in Local Authority Plans. These have since been renamed Local Geological Sites
The RIGS Group has delivered some exciting geological projects in recent years including Alum, Alchemy and Ammonites which looked at the historic Alum Industry of East Cleveland and an investigation of the Jurassic Plant Fossils of Marske Quarry. Anyone interested in geology can become a member of the RIGS Groups. There is no annual subscription, just plenty of opportunities to visit local geological sites and contribute to ongoing projects and research.
Contact the Trust for more information.