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Scotland's Fossil Code Relaunched

Scotland's Fossil Code Relaunched

Added at 12:40 on 11 August 2023

Fossil collecting is a popular hobby and recreational collectors quite often uncover rare and scientifically important finds. But sometimes our fossil heritage is vulnerable to irresponsible collecting that can damage sites and the fossils they contain.

That’s why NatureScot has refreshed and relaunched the Scottish Fossil Code, which promotes and encourages responsible fossil collecting and fossil resource management. By following the Code, people can stay within the law and follow best practice in collecting and storing fossils.

NatureScot hopes the refreshed Code will not only encourage and enable responsible discovery, it will lead to enhanced public interest in the fossil heritage of Scotland for generations to come.

You can read the full Fossil Code or the handy, must-read Scottish Fossil Code Guidance on NatureScot’s website.


Image: Fossil collecting for research on Skye, credit: Elsa Panciroli, 2023