The UK's Nationwide Geology Club for Children

Fieldwork Code

Private land signThe Rockwatch Fieldwork Code – to read before you go ‘rockhounding’.

Observe and record. Don’t hammer indiscriminately and remember you don’t always need to take a sample!

Keep collecting to a minimum – only remove fossils, rocks or minerals if they are genuinely needed for serious study.

Tell the local museum about your good finds, and remember to record the exact location of the find.

Never collect from walls or buildings – you could undermine the structure!

Remember the Country Code and observe local bylaws – shut gates and leave no litter.

Always seek permission before entering private land.

Don’t litter fields or roads with rock fragments- they could injure livestock or be a hazard to other people or vehicles.

Avoid disturbing plants or wildlife.

No one has the right to ‘dig out’ any site – that is, take everything!

Don’t disfigure rock surfaces with brightly painted numbers or symbols or a pattern of core holes!

Try to leave sites as you find them and back-fill where necessary.

Never go alone on a ‘rockhounding’ trip and always let someone know your plans and your expected time of return.

Always wear protective goggles when hammering and don’t hammer unnecessarily.

Wear a safety helmet if you’re working in a quarry or below cliffs.

Make sure you don’t get cut off by the tides.

Don’t loosen rocks on steep slopes.

Don’t enter old mine workings or cave systems.

Don’t interfere with machinery in quarries.

And finally, enjoy your ‘rockhounding’ trips and make sure that you do so safely by observing the Rockwatch Fieldwork Code at all times.