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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.

http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/
Fossils of the Gault Clay and Folkestone Beds of Kent, UK

Lots of local fossil information and pictures.

http://www.gaultammonite.co.uk/
Sheppey Fossils

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

http://www.sheppeyfossils.com
Open University Geological Society (SE Branch)

The SE branch of the OUGS is the focus for members in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The group organises meetings and field trips. In 2002/2003 field trips included visits to Tayvallich in Argyll, Pembrokeshire and the Forest of Dean.

http://www.ougs.org/southeast
Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery

Maidstone Museum is well worth a visit. Its collection of appriximately 5000 mineral specimens dates from the early nineteenth century, and there is a fine collection of fossils from Kent. In addition to a fine collection of fossils and minerals in its Geology section the museum has many other excellent exhibits. Through Richard Davis, the Honorary Natural History Librarian, KGG members have access to the reference library in the Museum. The reference library has an almost complete set of Palaeontographical Society Monographs and Proceedings of the Geologists' Association from the early 1900s to the present.

http://www.museum.maidstone.gov.uk/site/site.asp?fid=0,10,21
Kent Geologists' Group

The Kent Geologists' Group is a growing local society of people who are interested in all aspects of geology, but especially in the geology of Kent. The membership includes palaeontologists and fossil collectors, mineralogists and mineral collectors, stratigraphers and others. This mix of people and subjects makes for a very friendly group.

http://www.kgg.org.uk
English Nature

English Nature is the Government agency that champions the conservation of wildlife and geology throughout England, and has provided financial support to Kent RIGS.

http://www.english-nature.org.uk
Medway Fossil and Mineral Society - MFMS

This very active group meets every week on Wednesday and, in July each year, hosts the Medway Mineral and Fossil show at Chatham.

http://www.mlms.org.uk
Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre - KMBRC

The Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre (KMBRC) based at Tyland Barn, near Maidstone, maintains a database of Kent's wildlife and habitats. Everyone in the county can now help to safeguard local wildlife simply by passing on any biological records to KMBRC.

http://www.kmbrc.org.uk
Kent Landscape Information System - K-LIS

The K-LIS website enables better informed decision-making by providing detailed information on Kent's landscape and biodiversity.

http://extranet7.kent.gov.uk/klis/home.htm
The National Trust

The National Trust was founded in 1895 to preserve places of historic interest or natural beauty permanently for the nation to enjoy.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Natural England

Natural England was formed by bringing together English Nature, the landscape, access and recreation elements of the Countryside Agency and the environmental land management functions of the Rural Development Service. Kent RIGS received valuable funding from English Nature, and will continue to work with Natural England for geoconservation.

http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/
Fowlmead Country Park

The Fowlmead Country Park, sponsored by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), has been created on the site of the former Betteshanger Colliery. Fowlmead offers a wide range of parkland/countryside activities to satisfy many interests. Kent RIGS has been involved in the development and will offer occasional, supervised fossil collecting acivities in material removed from the mine.
For details of these fossil collecting events see the "Forthcoming Events" page, or visit the Fowlmead website using the link below.

http://www.fowlmead.co.uk
Canterbury Museums

Canterbury Heritage Museum, Whitstable Museum and Herne Bay Museum all feature displays of fossils and minerals from the local area. The new Beaney Museum (due to open in Autumn 2012) will also feature fossils and minerals from the local area and around the world.

The museums service also runs a number of geology related events, in particular the annual Fossil Roadshow where many of the local geology interest groups including Geoconservation Kent have stands. To find out when these events are happening sign up to their e-newsletter here: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Museums-Signup.aspx

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Canterbury-Museums.aspx
GeoConservationUK

GeoConservationUK has a membership of over 50 Local Geoconservation Groups, lately known as RIGS Groups (Regionally Important Geological and geomorphological Sites) across the British Isles.

GeoConservationUK exists to promote local "Geo" sites for education and public benefit and works towards a British Isles perspective, focusing on the common purposes and issues of local interest to Groups.

http://wiki.geoconservationuk.org.uk/index.php5?title=Main_Page