The QRA recognises that geoconservation is particularly important at a time when Quaternary sites are under increasing pressure from development and other human impacts. There is also growing international recognition of the need for action to raise awareness of geoconservation since it is often underestimated or overlooked in national and local planning and in policies for nature and the environment. 

Recognition of the value of conserving Quaternary sites is vital both for the field-based research and education that are essential to advance the science, and also for the wider benefits for the environment and society. Members of the QRA have made a major contribution to understanding and conserving Quaternary sites, particularly in the British Isles.

As a charitable organisation the Quaternary Research Association is committed to encouraging the participation of non-Quaternary specialists in our activities and to disseminating information and promoting related talks and events that may be of interest to the wider public. QRA members often present talks on various aspects of Quaternary science to local community groups, schools, universities, and other organisations.

Photo: Four Ashes Pit SSSI

Earth Heritage Magazine

The Quaternary Research Association is one of the partners and sponsors of Earth Heritage – The Geological and Landscape Conservation Magazine Earth Heritage Magazine is a free to download publication produced twice a year by Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural Resources Wales, the Geologists’ Association and the Quaternary Research Association, with major contributions from GeoConservationUK and others in the voluntary geoconservation sector. The magazine is for earth scientists and students in secondary, further and higher education as well as those who work in and volunteer for geological and landscape conservation. It also aims to stimulate public interest in geological and landscape conservation matters.

To receive email notifications of new issues, please follow the instructions on the Earth Heritage Magazine homepage. If you have suggestions for articles or news items for Earth Heritage Magazine, please contact the QRA Conservation Officer