Thursday, 26 February 2015

March 21st - Saltford or Oxfordshire

G.A. trip to Saltford, Bristol Avon Valley between Bath and Bristol
Simon Carpenter and Richard Ashley
Saturday March 21st
It boasts one of the oldest continually inhabited manor houses and has some fabulous geology.  The walking distance will be between 2 to 3 miles, there will be opportunities to collect fossils. Pub lunch/or sandwiches in Saltford and the final stop will be in a private garden to view a spectacular rock face which preserves many characteristic Lower Jurassic fossils. The walk will end around 4pm.
Further details and to sign up follow this link

Bath Geological Society
Jurassic rocks of Oxfordshire
Elizabeth Devon

Kirtlington Quarry SSSI - go back in time to a Jurassic environment similar to the Florida Everglades today. These conditions attracted many animals, and the quarry is famous for its rich diversity of fossils. Evidence for the presence of nearby land is provided by the presence of fossil wood, freshwater algae and crustaceans, disarticulated dinosaur skeletons and very rare mammal fossils. It is the richest mammal-bearing locality of Middle Jurassic age known anywhere in the world.
Rock Edge Quarry - Upper Jurassic coral-rich limestone. Similar conditions to those found in the Bahama Banks today are believed to have existed at the time. Here the Coral Rag is rich in fossil remains, derived from coral reefs that formed in the ancient shelf sea.
Dry Sandford Pit, Cothill The pit exposes part of a sequence of the Corallian Beds, limestone rocks deposited during the Middle Oxfordian Stage of the Jurassic, some 140 million years ago, in shallow coastal waters close to coral reefs. The layered rock succession seen here includes parts of three main units of the Corallian.
Further details from the Field Secretary

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