Monday, 20 August 2007

Field Weekend - a few places left - -

15th - 16th SEPTEMBER
Would you like to join Bath Geological Society on a weekend visit to various sites in Dorset and Somerset to be led by Bob Chandler? Robert Chandler is the 2006 recipient of the Mary Anning Medal of the Palaeontological Association and Consultant to Natural England on the Dorset Inferior Oolite. His title for the weekend is 'Inferior Oolite of Dorset and Somerset, its Ammonite Biostratigraphy and its mode of deposition'.
A number of sites will be visited from Ham Hill, near Yeovil to Burton Bradstock near Bridport - lots of opportunities to collect fossils.
A 15-page information pack is available to accompany the trip.
The cost is £20 to cover organisational expenses. Participants should organise their own accommodation, if required. Participants may be able to share cars.
Please contact the Bath Geological Society
email if you are interested - but hurry! Places are limited.

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Too many people?

Can this planet really sustain 9 billion people by 2050? This is the predicted total from the 6.6 billion, and growing, of today. Recently, I was sent this website, the World Clock. The figures shown here are very alarming, even more alarming than inevitable climate change.

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Earth Heritage Magazine

Earth Heritage magazine is published twice a year to promote interest in geological and landscape conservation.

Earth Heritage is free and is produced by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Countryside Council for Wales. The voluntary geoconservation sector is a major contributor.

If you wish to be on the mailing list for the Magazine, 'phone 01584 877442 or email.

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Fossil Treasures on the Railway Path - August 27th

On Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August 2007, between 10am and 4pm, the annual 'Rock & Fossil' event will take place on the Bristol & Bath Railway Path at Saltford near Bristol. This is an opportunity for the public to talk to local experts about the region's fascinating prehistory and to bring along interesting rocks, fossils and minerals they may have found and would like identifying.

For children there will be an additional attraction - free fossil samples for them to take away.

Simon Carpenter, the event organiser, says "If you‘re on the Railway Path on that day, make sure you stop at our event. It promises to be a fun and entertaining day with something of interest for all ages. There will be displays of rocks, fossils and minerals as well as copies of several new interpretation boards that have recently been installed at geological sites in South Gloucestershire. A new free colour booklet describing the geology of South Gloucestershire will also be available on the day, see post of 27th June on this blog. The Bristol Naturalists' Society, the West of England Geologists' Association, the Avon RIGS Group and Bath Geological Society will all be represented at the event. So don't miss out — make a date in your diary now!"

The free event will run from 10am to 4pm on Monday 27 August 2007 on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path near Saltford. The event (Grid Ref: ST 686679) is located approximately 200 yards north west of the Bird in Hand Public House at Saltford (on the stretch of the Railway Path between Saltford and Bitton). Access to the Railway Path and the event can be made via the Bird in Hand PH car park or from Avon Lane, Saltford.