Grants and Awards made by the Society
The Society makes grants and awards in three categories.
1. Grants to projects that further the aims of the Society -
stimulating public interest in geology and the advancement
of geological knowledge. Any organisation or individual can
apply for a grant, application deadlines are 30 September and
2. The Society recognises excellence in geology by awarding the
Clough Medal and The Clough Memorial Award. Application
deadline 31 January.
3. The Society makes small grants to support fieldwork
from the Clough and Mykura Funds. Application deadline 31 January.
Further information about
all these grants and awards
Witch Craig Geological Wall rebuilt
Lothian and Borders GeoConservation (LBGC) were sad to discover
in June 2016 that the Witch Craig Geological Wall in West Lothian
had been damaged by vandals. The wall was constructed in 2003
as a joint project between LBGC and the landowners, Andy and Elspeth
Gibbs. The wall is a superb viewpoint, close to Cairnpapple, high
in the Bathgate Hills. The wall incorporated rock samples from
many of the places that could be seen from the viewpoint, from
Arran to East Lothian, to demonstrate the geological diversity
within central Scotland. After a visit by members of LBGC, the
landowners and Richard Love from the Dry Stone Walling Association,
it was decided to rebuild the wall quickly to avoid further damage.
The work was carried out by Richard Love within weeks, and funded
by EGS and Geowalks. The wall is now fully restored, and well
worth a visit – for the geology, and the view! Download the Witch
Craig Wall leaflet here.
The viewpoint is signposted from the south end of Beecraigs Country
Park, or you can follow the short walk from the nearby Korean
War Memorial – www.westlothian.gov.uk/article/8841/Witchcraig-Woodland—Korean-War-Memorial
Appeal for donations - could you support the work of the Society?
EGS Council work hard to control expenditure and try to
ensure that we do not eat into our financial reserves to pay for on-going activities.
This has meant that occasionally we are not able to do everything we would like
particular, there are two initiatives that we think EGS members would feel worthy
of greater support; therefore we are inviting members to consider making additional
financial donations (which can also be gift-aided if you are a UK taxpayer!).
year we receive many applications for Fieldwork Grants from the Clough
and Mykura Funds, and we usually give several grants amounting to a few hundred
pounds, from the income generated by these funds. However, demand exceeds the
amount of money available, and we would like to offer more support to worthwhile
fieldwork projects, many of which are undertaken by young geologists just starting
out on their careers.
Since 2010 we have organised a project to give free Rock Boxes
to Scottish Schools. These boxes contain 16 hand specimens
of typical Scottish rocks, plus bags of mini-specimens allowing
pupils to carry out hands-on experiments in small groups. Teachers
greatly appreciate access to these boxes which are now enabling
teaching about Scotland's geology to take place within the new
Curriculum for Excellence. Almost 200 boxes have been distributed,
through generous sponsorship by Senergy, Conoco and indivduals.
Each box costs £55, and we would like to continue to offer
them to schools for free. Could you help by giving a donation?
If you would like
to make a donation please contact Bob Morley, our treasurer, for further information
Annual subscriptions are due on 1st October at the following
Ordinary Fellows £20.00
Family Fellows £10.00; thus
Joint Fellowship becomes £30.00
Senior Fellows and Glasgow Associates
Junior Associates £4.00
Please send cheques payable
to Edinburgh Geological Society to the Membership Secretary (see
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which came into force on 1st October 2005. Please act as soon as possible in order
to avoid errors and extra work for the Treasurer and the Membership Secretary.
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