Thursday, 26 May 2011

Yet more dates for your diaries

Bath Geological Society:-
Thursday June 2nd - Lager, lager, lagerst├Ątten! A tour of exceptionally preserved German fossil deposits by Dr. Ian Harding, University of Southampton - further details on the website. 
Oxford Geology Trust:-
Sunday June 5th - guided geology & landscape trail along the Ridgeway National Trail.
Saturday June 11th - practical clearance session at Kirtlington Quarry
Our heritage lottery funded geoconservation project is now in its third and final year and is progressing well.
Cheltenham Mineral and Geological Society:-
Sunday 26th June  - mineral auction at Uckington & Elmstone Hardwicke Village Hall.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Ash from Iceland

There is a limited window of opportunity from today through tomorrow across the UK for volcanic ash fall from Grimsvotn in Iceland. The British Geological Survey (BGS) along with Edinburgh University and the Met Office are coordinating an exercise in ash collection and schools and individuals can get involved. The instructions are on the BGS website. This can be done with basic items available in any home or classroom.
Click here for some background information about the eruption.

Monday, 16 May 2011

21st May - Whitehall Quarry near Burford

Fossil Hunt to Whitehill Quarry near Burford, led by Lesley Dunlop of the OGT - 10 a.m. - 12 noon.
By popular request we are running this repeat field trip to Whitehill Quarry. This trip was over-subscribed in January, despite the very cold weather. In March, we completed the new local geology site designation assessment process for this Middle Jurassic site. The junction between the White Limestone Formation and the overlying Forest Marble Formation can be seen. We found numerous small bivalves & some gastropods at this site in January.
Members of the Cotswold Rare Plants Group will be present so there will be information about the flora too.
This trip is open to adults & children (aged 8 & over). There is no charge but pre-booking is essential.
Meeting place & directions will be confirmed on booking.
Please wear suitable clothing & bring snacks & drinks. Hard hats, goggles & safety jackets will be provided.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Lots of Dates for your Diaries

Tuesday May 10th - The Western Regional Group - ‘High Frequency Ground Gas Monitoring Applications’, presented by John Naylor, Ground-Gas Solutions Ltd.
6.30pm, refreshments and a chat from 6.00 p.m. Free - non-members welcome. S H Reynolds Lecture Theatre (Room G25), Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ. 

Tuesday May 10th - WEGA AGM:
NOTE: Earth Sciences room G8 at 19:3
University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building (as above).

Saturday May 14th - Bath Geological Society - Saltford - a geological ramble, led by Simon Carpenter. Further details on the website

Thursday June 2nd - Bath Geological Society 'Lager, lager, lagerstatten! A tour of exceptionally well preserved German fossil deposits, Dr. Ian Harding, Southampton University.

Sunday June 12th - WEGA Field trip Glamorgan coast and Barry Island. Booking deadline Friday June 3

Saturday June 25th - Bath Geological Society members and their partners are invited on a circular walk looking at the Middle Jurassic of the Bybrook Valley - bring-your-own picnic in a Box garden afterwards. Further details from the Chairman.

Saturday June 25th - The Western Regional Group ‘Where the Pterosaurs Lived: a field trip to the Jurassic–Cretaceous boundary strata of the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset’ led by Dr. David Martill, a reader in Palaeobiology at the University of Portsmouth. Contact Francesca Ryan if you are interested.