GSI Palaeozoic Fossils

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This dataset is part of the Geological Heritage Programme.

Dataset sourced from a national database consisting of information relating to Irish Geological Heritage Sites, which are separated into 16 different themes, such as Karst, Mineralogy, Lower Carboniferous etc ( IGH 1 – (Karst); IGH 2 – (Precambrian to Devonian Palaeontology);IGH 3 (Carboniferous to Pliocene Palaeontology, and so forth ). A site with multiple themes is possible. The variables that describe these different types of site include site name, county, status, associated references etc. Each site has a basic entry in Excel format with a corresponding more detailed record, which consists of word documents, photos and copies of references in a folder. Excel summary file and the actual site folders constitute the IGH database (L:\IGH\IGH\Nt_igh\Igh Themes.)

The Irish Geological Heritage (IGH) Programme is a partnership between The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DEHLG). It aims to identify, document, and protect the wealth of geological heritage in the Republic of Ireland and conserve it against ever increasing threats, and also to promote its value with the landowners and the public.

The GSI provide scientific appraisal and interpretative advice on geological and geomorphological sites. They are responsible for the identification of important sites that are capable of being conserved as Natural Heritage Areas (NHA).

The National Parks and Wildlife Service of The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government have the responsibility of designation and management of sites with appropriate advice from GSI.

The programme started only in the last few years and has evolved with examination of the inventory and protection processes operating in other European countries (including the active participation with colleagues in the European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage, ProGEO).

The geological heritage of Ireland is considered and evaluated within an overall framework of sixteen themes:

IGH 1 - Karst (completed) IGH 2 - Precambrian to Devonian Palaeontology (completed) [including the Valentia tetrapod trackway site] IGH 3 - Carboniferous to Pliocene Palaeontology (in progress) IGH 4 - Cambrian-Silurian IGH 5 - Precambrian IGH 6 - Mineralogy (in progress) IGH 7 - Quaternary (in progress) IGH 8 - Lower Carboniferous IGH 9 - Upper Carboniferous and Permian IGH 10 - Devonian IGH 11 - Igneous Intrusions IGH 12 - Mesozoic and Cenozoic IGH 13 - Coastal Geomorphology IGH 14 - Fluvial and Lacustrine Geomorphology IGH 15 - Economic Geology IGH 16 - Hydrogeology [including warm springs, see:]

Each theme considers specific aspects, such as stratigraphy, sedimentology, structural geology, volcanic rocks, etc. Each theme addresses all aspects of the particular geology involved, but some sites may be considered within two or more themes.

Under the IGH Programme, expert panels were set up for each theme, resulting in an indicative list of sites worthy of more detailed assessment within the relevant themes. This is a response to the present urgent demands for information for development projects, Environmental Impact Statements and planning.

The site lists are now undergoing a final assessment, with individual Site Reports being written by various panel experts, currently for the IGH6 Minerals and IGH7 Quaternary themes. The site reports will then be followed up by fieldwork to assign boundaries.

Of the majority of geological sites not eventually selected for NHA designation, some are being promoted as County Geological Sites (CGS), which have no statutory protection, but may be included within County Development Plans. Many counties have now adopted County Geological Sites into their development plans, and are promoting their interest through Heritage Plans.

Data Resources (1)

available as arcsde connection
Theme Arts
Date dataset updated 2010-11-26
Rights notes ['no conditions apply', 'no limitations', 'no limitations']
Language English
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-10.659067, 51.434333],[-10.659067, 53.98971], [-5.981953, 53.98971], [-5.981953, 51.434333], [-10.659067, 51.434333]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) TM65 / Irish Grid (EPSG:29902)
Provenance information Originator org - Geological Survey of Ireland. Other contributors -, Parnership: the National Parks and Wildlife Service of The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Contributors: Bedrock and Mineral Section of the GSI Dataset downloaded August 2010 from

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