Global Network of National Geoparks

Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark

The Geopark is aspecial urban landscape in the heart of England with geology spanning 428 million years that is well known for its exceptionally well-preserved fossils. The Black Country is also rich in coal, ironstone and limestone, resources which inspired discovery, invention and innovation and placed the region at the centre of the Industrial Revolution which continues to shape the modern worl...

ENGLISH RIVIERA UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK

Celebrating Earth Heritage The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark is situated within the stunning, rolling hills on the south coast of Devon, southern England. Unique in Western Europe, the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark is geologically renowned for its 350-400 million year old Marine Devonian limestones of great historical importance. The rich faunas yielded by these rocks were used...

FFOREST FAWR UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK

Celebrating Earth Heritage The Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark is located in South Wales, UK, in the west of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It bridges the transition from rural mid-Wales to the industrial valleys of south Wales. The geological history spans a period of 480 million years. From Ordovician to Carboniferous times the area was located on a stable Midland Platform and sediment...

GEOMÔN UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK

Celebrating Earth Heritage The UNESCO Global Geopark is an island (Isle of Anglesey) in the Irish Sea about 78 km from Ireland and is linked by two bridges 250 metres long from the Welsh mainland. It comprises two islands, Anglesey and Holy Island which includes the main British port to Ireland, Holyhead. The UNESCO Global Geopark boundary coincides exactly to the mean low tide level along the ...

NORTH PENNINES AONB UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK

Celebrating Earth HeritageThe North Pennines AONB UNESCO Global Geopark is an upland area, in the north of England. It is a place of wild moors, remote hills, broad green valleys and scattered stone-built settlements. Stretching across large parts of the counties of County Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria, it is nationally designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) an IUCN Catego...

NORTH-WEST HIGHLANDS UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK

Celebrating Earth HeritageThe North-West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the far north west of Scotland. The area encompasses some of the finest mountain and coastal landscapes in Britain and contains a wealth of geology. The rich natural heritage is recognised by the high number of designated areas with a focus on geology and conservation.The North-West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopa...

SHETLAND UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK

Celebrating Earth Heritage Shetland UNESCO Global Geopark consists of a group of over 100 islands, 15 of which are inhabited. The landmasses of the larger islands are generally in the form of roughly north-south ridges of hills forming the 'spine' of Shetland. The hills, mainly composed of acidic granite, schists and gneisses, are treeless and generally covered by peat or blanket bog. T...