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.
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