BATH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
FIELD TRIPS & VISITS 2019

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


February March April May June July August September October November

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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June



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Saturday, 6th July

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 533 001), £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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August



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Friday, 20th September

Guided Geology Trail Around Bath

Leader: Professor Maurice Tucker, University of Bristol

As a conclusion to their Heritage Open Days celebrations the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution in conjunction with Bath Geological Society will be holding a guided walking trail throughout the city at the end of the summer. Professor Maurice Tucker will be leading the Bath Geology Trail on Friday 20th September and hoping for an extension of the sunshine while he does so.

Book your place and come along to BRLSI reception for Maurice’s illuminating introduction to the trail which departs at 11am. Participants will then begin upon a trip around the city which will endeavour to help them to identify and explore the various stones from which Bath was constructed.

The walk will take approximately one hour, and those taking part will need to be wearing sensible footwear and feel confident negotiating the hillsides and cobbled streets of the city. All you need to do is sign up on Eventbrite!

Maurice Tucker is a leading British sedimentologist, specialising in limestones. From 1993-2011 he was Professor of Geological Sciences at Durham University and from 1998 – 2011 Master of University College, Durham. Currently, Maurice is working at the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol and you might recently have read his article ‘Bath Rocks’ in the July 2019 issue of Bath Magazine and wished you could get to ask him some questions about it. This is your chance to come and spend the morning with a leading geologist and allow him to transform your image of the city and its foundations.

And what is it with Bath and geology? Considered the Cradle of English Geology due to its links to William Smith and his creation of the world’s first stratigraphical map, Bath was once surrounded on all sides by quarries exploiting stone and these were used for storage during the second world war, or for the growing of mushrooms! Many of them are now blocked to prevent access, but the evidence of the relationship to stone can still be seen from all around.

But that still doesn’t quite explain why BRLSI is the natural departure point for such a walk. The BRLSI founded in 1824 became the natural home for many of the amazing geological finds that made their way to the city in the light of Bath’s geological reputation and to this day houses its own rich and extensive geological collection. It is the natural home for many local groups such as the Bath Geological Society and the Bath and Counties Archaeological Society and sells its own self- guided trail which celebrates the geological significance of Bath. The walk on the 20th September at once celebrates Bath’s heritage but at the same time its own. BRLSI hope you can join the celebrations.

The walk will be a circular one taking in many familiar streets but exploring them by way of their building stones and their ancient geological origins. All walkers will receive a free coffee. To book your free place:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/geology-trail-around-bath-tickets-64356429814

30 Places available.

Friday 20th September to Monday 23rd September 2019

Reading Geological Society - Fforest Fawr Geopark, Brecon Beacons

Leaders: Dilys Howell, Geraint Owen

It is proposed to undertake a traverse of the Black Mountains - an excursion through the Carboniferous Coal measures, Old Red Sandstones and Limestones and into the Silurian sequences within the Sawdde Gorge, the glacial and landslide legacy in the Devonian Senni Formation and industrial remains associated with limestone and sandstone quarrying.

We will be led by Dilys Howell, author of the geological walks book ‘The Land of the Beacons Way’ and Dr Geraint Owen, recently retired geologist from Swansea University.

Both are very active members of the Geopark management group.  Alan Bowring, Geopark Development Officer will also meet with us. Travel will be by car and we will be staying in Brecon, in a small guest house run by a couple who are themselves enthusiastic geologists. Cost including bed and breakfast and local travel, but excluding evening meal will be £250.

For further information please contact:

carolegregory@btinternet.com or

Carole on 01628 623990

Monday 30th September 10 AM to 4 PM

Somerset Geology Group - Meeting & Trip to Fyne Court

Leaders: Garry Dawson & Richard Snelling

10.15 - 11.00 Welcome and progress with the Review of Somerset’s Local Geological Sites (LGS) - our joint project with Somerset Environmental Record Centre (SERC):

11.00 - 11.45 Thinking about next steps

11.45 - 12.15 Sharing information

12.15 - 1.00 pm: Picnic lunch

We will be able to chat informally over picnic lunch, in the hall or outside if the weather is fine (the hall has a small garden area). You are welcome to bring a picnic - and/or there is a NT café within Fyne Court, only a couple of minutes walk away).

1.00 -2.15 - Site visit to LGS within the ground of National Trust’s Fyne Court

2.15 - 4.00pm - Second visit to a nearby Forestry England-owned site - to be confirmed.

Please email Garry Dawson at Somersetgeology@gmail.com if you plan to come, so that we have an idea of numbers.



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October



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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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