Saturday, 1 May 2010

Last minute notice - Triassic Fissures - 12th May

Triassic fissures of Tytherington and Cromhall quarries Field Excursion:
Leader Dr Pam Gill (Earth Sciences, Bristol)
Wednesday 12 May
The fissures of the Bristol Channel are famous for their collections of Late Triassic/Early Jurassic terrestrial vertebrates. These include sphenodonts, tritylodonts and early mammals. A specimen recovered from Tytherington Quarry in the 1970s is known as the Bristol Dinosaur and a recent Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £295,000 will allow this dinosaur to be recovered from the 4 tonnes of rock stored in the Earth Science Dept. This Bristol Dinosaur – The codontosaurus antiquus – is the oldest known dinosaur in Britain and one of the oldest in the world. When it was first discovered in 1834 it was only the fourth dinosaur to be discovered in the world.
For HSE and logistical reasons the numbers attending the trip and number of vehicles need to be known in advance, as well as everyone needing hard hats, Hi-vis vests and goggles to enter the quarry. In addition, the number of vehicles going to the quarries is limited, and travel by minibus by the majority of the group would be preferred.
Thus a booking deadline is needed for this trip:
Deadline for booking attendance on the field excursion, a place on minibus and for required field trip equipment is Monday 3rd May. Approx cost for minibus rental, fuel and field booklet £15; non-minibus participants field booklet cost £5. The trip will depart at 09:30 - details on request. Any person wishing to travel by private vehicle should ensure full occupancy and also provide details of those traveling in the vehicle.
A lunch stop will be made at the Royal Oak pub in Cromhall. If you wish to eat at the pub, please give an indication when booking so that an estimate of numbers can be given.
All enquiries, bookings etc for this trip, and requirements for hard hats etc to be made via or 07889 338658

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