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Collecting Code

This discussion document is being developed following the guidelines of the British Geological Survey, the National Trust, The Geologists Association, National Parks and international discussion. It is still evolving and any observations or suggestions would be welcomed.

  • Obtain permission, preferably in advance.
  • Follow instructions from those in the know.
  • Always regard access as a privilege and respect it with good behaviour.
  • Explain your interests and intentions, show membership card.
  • Be seen to be using the countryside responsibly and observing the following guidelines:-
  • Obey the country code.
  • Remember to shut gates and leave no litter.
  • Seek permission before entering private land.
  • Don't interfere with any machinery.
  • Don't leave rock fragments that could cause injury to animals, livestock or pedestrians or hazard to vehicles.
  • Keep any excavation or hammering to a minimum. If possible collect from areas where the impact will be least noticeable.
  • Keep collecting to a minimum. Aim for quality not quantity.
  • Restrict collecting to areas where there is a plentiful supply, such as beaches, scree, river beds, fallen blocks and waste tips.
  • Avoid disturbance to wildlife. Plants and animals may inadvertently be displaced or destroyed through careless action.
  • Be cautious whenever stones are lifted in areas that can be a habitat for dangerous species.
  • Research the likelihood of encountering poisonous snakes, scorpions, spiders etc. Take all reasonable precautions.
  • On coasts consult tide tables and the coastguard about tides and local hazards such as unstable cliffs.
  • When working in the mountains or remote areas follow normal wilderness practices. Good advice is given in the pamphlet "Safety on Mountains" by the British Mountaineering Council. Make certain that someone has a note of your intended route.
  • When working in desert areas follow sensible precautions such as travelling in four wheel drive vehicles preferably with a companion vehicle, carry ample water, include emergency rations.
  • Never collect from environmentally or geologically sensitive areas such as caves, geological reserves etc.
  • Don't take risks on loose cliffs. They can collapse without warning. Take care not to dislodge rocks as there may be others below.
  • Be considerate. Tidy up so that the area is not unsightly or dangerous for those that come after you.
  • Never collect from walls or buildings. Take care not to undermine fences, walls, bridges or any other structures.

If you have any observations on the above, suggestions for special conditions in your area etc. please contact the Secretary, Kevin Bailey E-Mail; Kevin@actionvideo.freeserve.co.uk

All Text & Photographs © Kevin Bailey 1997 - 2008