Welcome to the Norfolk Geodiversity Partnership website

The NGP is a forum for individuals and organisations interested in conserving and enhancing Norfolk's Earth heritage.


Our vision:  
  • that the contribution of geodiversity to the landscape, biodiversity, economy and culture of Norfolk will be valued and understood,
  • that the geodiversity of Norfolk will be protected and enhanced for the sustainable use and enjoyment of all living things.
This will be realised through the Norfolk Geodiversity Action Plan. 

We invite you to join us! 


What is geodiversity?

Geodiversity is the natural range (diversity) of geological features (rocks, minerals, fossils, structures), geomorphological features (landforms and processes), soils and water that make up the landscape.

Geodiversity is the physical aspect of nature, our Earth heritage. It forms the non-biological substrate for all living things, including human life.

Click here to find out more about features of Norfolk's geodiversity.

Explore a geology map of Norfolk here.

Happisburgh cliffs show a nationally important sequence of  sediments spanning five Pleistocene stages. Evidence of the earliest and northernmost human settlement in  northern Eurasia has been found on the foreshore, dating back over 800,000 years. 
Photo Martin Warren.
Heacham Chalk Pit, 1966. An important exposure of Cretaceous Lower Chalk, showing the beds between Totternhoe Stone and Melbourn Rock horizons. It has been described as the only site where this sequence can be seen at one locality. Photo © British Geological Survey P210719A ditch exposing Lowestoft Till at Banham. Over 430, 000 years ago, the Anglian glaciation radically modified the landscape of Norfolk, mantling much of the county with thick layers of till and glacio-fluvial sand and gravel.
Photo Tim Holt-Wilson

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