Is it legal to mine/collect and keep minerals in the UK for educational purposes?

I would also like to know if there are any notable mineral deposits located in the UK midlands.

  • $\begingroup$ There's a big difference between mining, and collecting your own samples, to keeping samples in a collection. $\endgroup$
    – nmtoken
    Nov 21, 2016 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ Can i go to forests, national parks or mineral deposits and mine ? $\endgroup$ Nov 21, 2016 at 17:30

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Can I go to forests, national parks or mineral deposits and mine

I think the basic answer to this question is No, or rather, not without the land owners permission.

For example it is illegal to remove pebbles from a beach: Woman who 'stole' pebbles from a BEACH to decorate in her garden given police warning

For more information on mineral ownership in the UK see: Legislation & policy: mineral ownership

  • $\begingroup$ So where can i go do fieldwork, study the minerals and make geological maps ? $\endgroup$ Nov 22, 2016 at 10:29
  • $\begingroup$ Do i need to be geologist to get permission to mine and study minerals ? $\endgroup$ Nov 22, 2016 at 17:57
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    $\begingroup$ You should ask these follow up questions as individual questions. Same too for the question about mineral locations in the Midlands $\endgroup$
    – nmtoken
    Nov 22, 2016 at 17:59

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