BATH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
FIELD TRIPS & VISITS 2019

Further details from the Field Trips Secretary
field@bathgeolsoc.org.uk 01249 443019


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February


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Saturday, 2nd March

Brown’s Folly Nature Reserve

Leader: Professor Maurice Tucker, University of Bristol

The annual, morning clear-up of the Great oolite exposures on the SSSI reserve near Bathford. Bring your secateurs and hedge trimmers to cut back the vegetation and clean up the outcrops, or just take the opportunity to visit the sites and talk about geology.

Meet at 10.30 a.m. at Brown's Folly Car Park (G.R. ST 798663). Strong boots, waterproofs and hard hats are required.

Photos of the event:

Saturday, 16th March

Oxford Palaeontology Symposium

Six speakers all in one day, chaired by Dr Ross Anderson.

For details & tickets, see www.ogg.rocks/oxford-palaeontology-symposium-2019


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April



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Saturday, 4th May

The Etches Collection & Kimmeridge Bay

Leader: Graham Hickman, Bath Geological Society

The Etches collection in the Museum of Jurassic marine life is the largest, single collection of Kimmeridge fossils in the UK. Graham Hickman will lead our visit to Kimmeridge Bay, SSI, in the morning where most of the collection was discovered. We will have lunch in Kimmeridge, and after lunch will visit the Museum.

Meet at the Bay car park for 11 am. Car park fee: £5.00. Museum entrance fee: £6.00 per person (min.10 people), otherwise £8.00 per person (includes 12 months complimentary admission to The Etches Collection), and free parking.

Thursday, 9th May

Harnham Water Meadows - Wiltshire Geology Group

Leader: Dr Hadrian Cook, Harnham Water Meadows Trust Office 'Drowner'/Steve Hannath

A field visit has been organised for Thursday 9th May 2019 as part of the national GeoWeek activities. The morning will involve visiting the Harnham Water Meadows in Salisbury where Dr Hadrian Cook, the Trust’s official ‘drowner’, will walk us round the meadows explaining the geology, hydrology and social history of the meadows. After lunch Steve Hannath will lead an interpretative walk round the Cathedral Close focussing on the geology and the local earth materials used in the construction of the buildings including the Cathedral.

Details for the visit outlined above are now as follows:

All times are approx. Strong boots are recommended for the water meadows.

Please email Clare Backman of the Wiltshire Geology Group at harrington_clare@hotmail.com to indicate your interest in joining.



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Saturday, 8th June

Lower Wye Valley AONB – Tintern and Barbadoes Hill areas

Leader - Dave Green

The geology of the area is of Old Red Sandstone as far as Tintern and below this point to Chepstow it is Carboniferous limestone.

Meet at 10 am in Tintern Abbey car park, (G.R. ST 5331999), £3.00 no time limit.

We then transfer into as few cars as possible to go up to Tidenham, from where we walk down to Tintern via the Devil’s Pulpit, and have lunch in Tintern. After lunch, we visit the quarries from which the abbey was constructed.



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Friday, 1st November

Moon’s Hill Quarry, Tedbury Camp & De la Beche Unconformity

Leader: Somerset Earth Science Centre

An exploration of the Andesite and Carboniferous Limestone quarries at Moon’s Hill during the morning, followed by a visit in the afternoon to the Jurassic and Carboniferous limestone exposures in the Tedbury Camp and the De la Beche Unconformity.

Maximum number: 20 people. Meet at 10am at the Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moon's Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.

Note: a minibus will take us to Moon’s Hill Quarry, but we have to use our own cars for Tedbury Camp


Saturday/Sunday, November

Annual Reunion of the Geologists’ Association

For details, see geologistsassociation.org.uk/festival/


Important Notice: Bath Geological Society Insurance

Each person attending a field meeting does so on the understanding that he/she attends at his/her own risk. The Bath Geological Society has Public Liability Insurance Cover for field and indoor meetings, but Personal Accident Cover and Personal Liability Cover remain the responsibility and personal choice of the participant.

There may be an element of appropriate cover included in house insurance or in travel insurance: although Bath Geological Society activities are not particularly dangerous members are advised to check whether exclusions apply to activities in which they plan to participate in case they wish to arrange further cover. An annual travel insurance may be the best solution for any member who regularly attends field events: this again is a matter of choice.

Please note however that all members participating in overseas events will be required to have travel insurance for the duration of the event: this is so that participants are covered for Medical, Repatriation and Personal Liability expenses. The Personal Accident element remains the personal choice of the member and again members are advised to check exclusions so that they can make an informed decision about the cover they want.


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