The importance of rocks being discussed in Shrewsbury

The importance of rock conservation will be highlighted at a special lecture in Shrewsbury, given by the only Professor of Geoconservation in the world.

Cynthia Burek is a professor at the University of Chester and will be giving the lecture ‘Why Conserve Rocks? What is Geoconservation?’ at University Centre Shrewsbury on December 5.

Professor Burek has published extensively on the topic of geoconservation and teaches on the conservation and forensic models. She is also Director of the UNESCO GeoMon Anglesey Geopark and serves on the English Geodiversity Forum.

Professor Burek takes an active role in raising public awareness of geoconservation, having appeared on several TV programmes, including BBC’s Coast, and been interviewed on radio in the UK and New Zealand.

She has recently completed a Heritage Lottery Fund project on Saltscape, the salt area of Cheshire underlying the Northwich to Nantwich area, and has been instrumental in designating for conservation purposes nine further sites in the area, as well as producing town and graveyard geodiversity trails.

Professor Burek also actively protects rock habitats, such as limestone pavements, and has several PhD students engaged on conservation issues.

She said: “Geoconservation is the newest of the conservation sciences and falls way beneath the public consciousness of biological, historical or archaeological conservation.

“This lecture is for you if you’ve never thought too much about whether or not rocks need conserving and looking after or if you would like to find out more about the subject.”

The lecture will be held at the Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, at 6pm on Wednesday, December 5. The event is free to attend, but booking is essential.

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