Care for our Geopark

Please remember the geology and biodiverstiy of the Geopark is very special and vulnerable...and of course whilst out and about enjoying the Geopark please remember to stay safe!

  • Please do not hammer or dig at any site without permission
  • Please do not remove any fossils, rocks or minerals which are still embedded
  • Please follow the Countryside Code 
  • Check the tide timetables before you go out (Tide times are available at the Seashore Centre at Goodrington Sands) if you leave the Coast Path to explore the beaches and coves keep an eye on the incoming tide as it is easy to get trapped, especially round the headlands
  • Stay away from the cliffs - rock falls can happen at any time
  • Keep away from cliff edges
  • Watch out for large waves in rough weather
  • Plan you Geopark exploration to suit your fitness level
  • Wear sensible shoes and be prepared for any weather
  • Always tell someone where you are going and how long you expect to be gone
  • For their safety ensure your children and dogs are under control
  • If visiting by boat or taking to the water, the English Riviera Harbour Guide will provide you with all the relevant information and safety advice www.tor-bay-harbour.co.uk

In an emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard


Site Protection:
Our Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's) are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended by the Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000 and the Natural Environment and Communities Act 2006, enforced by Natural England under the stewardship of Torbay Council with the majority of sites leased to Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust.  The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulation 2010 is also relevant for our European sites ie covering the geological interest of the caves between Berry Head and Sharkham Point.

The coast path and majority of the geology and wildlife sites within the Geopark are managed by Torbay Coast and Countryside.  If you would like to report an issue or problem please contact the Trust on 01803 520022.   

Academic research
The requirement for formal academic research is recognised and encouraged and a system is in place in order for academics to apply for consent to carry out research which is granted by Natural England and the site owner.  If you wish to carry out research in the Geopark please send your research proposal to m.border@englishrivierageopark.org.uk for consideration. 

Our policy on Fossil and Mineral Collection can be found on pages 45 and 46 of the English Riviera Geopark Management Plan, which is available for download from our publications page, or directly by clicking here. (This is a 1.6Mb PDF file).