Monday, 26 October 2009

Geological Formation of Britain

A reader has sent the following link to a podcast, The Geological Formation of Britain.
It was broadcast on Thursday 22nd October and lasts for 43 minutes. Melvyn Bragg is joined by Richard Corfield, Jane Francis and Sanjeev Gupta to discuss this topic.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Wootton Bassett mud springs

Sunday November 29th, 10.30 a.m. Richard Gosnell is leading a trip to these famous mud springs. This is a Wiltshire Wildlife Trust event - - details on the website - - booking essential - - £2 per person.

Monday 4th January 2010. Richard is giving a presentation about the mud springs for Westbury Naturalists' Society - details from Margaret Sanders, 01373 822005.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Vacancies for project work

Hereford and Worcester Earth Heritage Trust is pleased to announce that it has recently been successful in securing funding from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund for two new projects:
* Carrying out a review of our existing database and then liaising in the development of a new fully integrated system - Geological Database Consultant
* Conducting a feasibility study into the future use and management of a local quarry - Geological Feasibility Study Assistant
We are now looking for additional people to work on these projects.
Interested applicants should please submit a CV and covering letter, if possible by email.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Darwin and God - 17th October

Professor Mike Benton, from the University of Bristol is giving a talk at All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Clifton this next Saturday at 7 p.m. 'Darwin and God'. Supper will be served afterwards but this will need to be booked - please refer to the website for email addresses and telephone numbers.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

New book - looks good!

A reader says: "The following book looks good, published in 2009.
Southern England: The Geology and Scenery of Lowland England (Collins New Naturalist Library) (Paperback) by Peter Friend.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Yann Arthus Bertrand

Bath 150 million years ago? The photo is of the Bahamas and is one of the collection, Earth from the Air. Have you seen the display of these fabulous photographs in Bath at the moment? They are by Yann Arthus Bertrand and there is also a film, 'Home'. It is just over an hour and a half long but the photography is stunning. A reader describes it as 'wonderful cine photography, rich in geology with an urgent message to humanity - - - totally captivating' Click here to view the film.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Tedbury Camp site clearance

Tedbury Camp has been transformed thanks to the hard work of a team of people from 24th - 30th September. Once again the geology can be seen and the access is easy. Everything described so accurately on the ESTA website can now be seen!
Click on the following to view more photos:-
West face
NE corner
Carboniferous limestone with chert
Contact at unconformity
Worm borings NE corner
Oysters on erosion surface - NE
Well done everyone!

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Bristol NATs Geology and 21st October

Click here for a new blog giving information about the Geology section news of the Bristol Naturalists' Society.

Wednesday 21 October
2009 at 7:30, SH Reynolds Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Wills Building, Bristol University, Queens Road. Isobel Geddes (Wiltshire Geology Group)– 'The pre-historic landscape from Avebury to Stonehenge' In this talk Isobel will relate geology to the Stone Age, Bronze age and Iron Age monuments and burials of the Wiltshire downs. In the light of the fascinating Field Trip that many of you undertook just after Easter, this should be a very interesting talk. Please invite anyone you know who is interested in landscape (Coast addicts), archaeology (armchair Time Teamers included!), or palaeontology/anthropology (Alice Roberts fans), to come along too. I presume that those without enough time to watch TV will come along as usual.

Friday, 2 October 2009

18th October - Chipping Norton Geology Trail

Oxfordshire Geology Trust is organising a guided walk along their Chipping Norton Geology Trail, in partnership with members of the Wychwood Project. This will be led by Bob Merchant of the OGT.
This is a circular walk that is 2.75 miles long. It is suitable for adults and children.
Meet at 2.00 p.m. at the Town Hall steps in Chipping Norton; car parking can be found adjacent to the Town Hall and refreshments are available in the town. The walk will finish at about 4.00p.m. No booking is required.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Charles Copp

Sad news to report - Charles Copp passed away at home on Thursday 24th September. His long battle with a brain tumour is finally over and he can rest in peace. His funeral will be on 8th Oct in Clevedon.
I'm sure many local geologists knew Charles and appreciated not only his expertise but also his enthusiasm for the subject. He did much work on the BRLSI fossil collection but his main research was on the Mesozoic fissure fills in the East Mendips.
Click here for details of the funeral.