Distinguished service award

Neil Ellis (left) receiving one of the Geological Society's Distinguished Service Awards from the president, Dr Richard Fortey © Ted Nield/Geological Society

The contribution that Geoconservation Manager Neil Ellis has made to geological conservation has been recognised by the Council of the Geological Society of London. He has been awarded with one of two 2008 Distinguished Service Awards for his work as Publications Manager of the Geological Conservation Review (GCR).


In his citation, Neil was described as “an unsung contemporary hero of British Geology. He has produced 31 of the 33 GCR volumes published so far of the 45-volume series that assesses and documents the Earth science Sites of Special Scientific Interest, protected by conservation law for representing Britain’s rich and varied geological heritage. When complete, this project will details some 3,000 sites conserved for their geological value. No other country in the world has attempted such a review, let alone seen it to completion.


“With infinite care and patience, Neil has managed to cajole countless academic authors to produce what they promised – and sometimes, even to length and on time”.