Gloucestershire Geology Trust


Gloucestershire Cotswolds Geodiversity Audit & Local Geodiversity Action Plan (LGAP)

[Completed May 2005. Supported by MIRO and the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund]

This project forms part of the development of a Local Geodiversity Action Plan (LGAP) for the county of Gloucestershire. The geology and landscape of Gloucestershire can be generally defined in three distinct areas; the Cotswolds, the Severn Vale, and West Gloucestershire.

The county LGAP will be produced from an amalgamation of three documents covering these three areas.

The county of Gloucestershire has such a variety of rocks and landscape that it truly deserves the use of the term ‘geodiversity’ when describing it.  The Gloucestershire Cotswolds effectively covers the area from the Cotswold Escarpment, south and east to the county boundaries with Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. The landscape of the area is a classic scarp and dip slope with what is termed ‘high wold’ nearest the escarpment edge, mainly gentle ‘dip slope’ falling away to the south-east, cut into by deeply incised valleys. The area includes a substantial amount of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but does not extend as far as to include the Cotswold Water Park.
The rocks in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds consist mainly of Middle Jurassic limestones with clay and sandy horizons, underlain by Early Jurassic clays and silts, with Pleistocene sands and gravels, and recent alluvium filling the floors of the valleys and the lower ground to the south-east.

Contact GGT for more details on 01452 864438 or

Download a pdf of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds LGAP here (4.3MB)

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