UK Field Meetings

The Geologists’ Association organizes a number of day-long and weekend field meetings.

To download the latest GA Circular with details of forthcoming field trips and diary events of our local and affiliated geological societies, please click here.

If you would like further information on any of the events below, please contact Sarah Stafford at the GA Office on 020 7434 9298 or by e-mail: fieldmeetings@geologistsassociation.org.uk.

You can now pay for your place on the field trips online by clicking the relevant link below.

Please note non-GA members pay an additional £5 for each trip.

2017 Meetings

NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE QUARRIES
Leader: Paul Hildreth
Sunday March 26

We plan to visit two quarries. In the morning we will examine the Mercia Mudstone in a disused brickpit. It is dominated by red clays but there are thin, silty and partly dolomitised beds towards the top of the exposed sequence and the lower beds contain seams of gypsum. After a brief stop at a disused church built of chalk we will visit a quarry exposing the Ferriby and Welton Chalk Formations of the Chalk Group with very good exposures of the Totternhoe Stone, the Variegated Beds (basal beds of the Welton Formation and including the “Black Band”) and the inoceramid-rich beds equivalent to the Melbourne Rock of the Transitional Province.

Equipment: You must have a hard hat, hi-vis jacket and appropriate footwear.

Cost & booking: Numbers will be limited to 25.

Please book your place using the links below:

Members - £5

Non Members - £10

 

THE GEOLOGY AROUND SOUTH MIMMS, HERTFORDSHIRELeader: Mike Howgate
Saturday April 15

In the morning will search out the evidence for geologically based industries in the small area around Pinks Farm between Ridge and Ridge Hill. We will spend about two hours exploring the area, where we will find dean holes dug by Chalk Drawers (now a bat hibernicularium), Old Chalk quarries, brick and sand pits (one of which is featured on William Smith’s 1815  map), in what must have been a hive of extractive industrial activity 150 years ago.

After lunch in the nearby Old Guinea pub which doubles as a pizzeria we will examine the geomorphology of the area in a three mile walk from Ridge village across the Stanmoor Gravel plateau and follow the Catherine Bourne to its terminal swallow hole.

Equipment: Suitable clothing and footwear. Pub or packed lunch.

Please book your place using the links below:

Members - £5

Non Members - £10

 

WALTON ON THE NAZE (Joint with the Essex Rock and Mineral Society)
Leader: Gerald Lucy
Sunday April 23 - 11am

Visit to see the geology of The Naze cliffs, one of the most important geological sites in Eastern England. The cliffs here provide exposures of Red Crag and London Clay and there will be the possibility of finding fossils on the beach, including sharks’ teeth. The day is particularly suitable for families and children. We will also be visiting Essex Wildlife Trust’s new visitor centre on the cliff top, which should have some geological displays in place by the time of our visit.  Children welcome.

Equipment: Suitable clothing and footwear. Bring a packed lunch.

Cost & booking: Further details will be available from Sarah Stafford at the GA office.

Please book your place using the links below (please note: kids go free!):

Members - £5

Non Members - £10

CENTENARY EXCURSION TO RICHMOND PARK, KINGSTON HILL AND WIMBLEDON COMMON
Led by members of the London Geodiversity Partnership in collaboration with the Friends of Richmond Park and the London Natural History Society
Saturday May 20

This full-day trip celebrates 100 years since the GA Excursion on 19th May 1917 and will attempt to re-enact the route as closely as possible and to deliberate on the origin of the gravels as on the original trip. The 1917 trip began at Norbiton Station and finished at the Windmill on Putney Heath. It was an afternoon trip with a suitable stop for tea, as was the custom; we will begin in the morning and find a suitable watering hole for lunch. Details to follow.

Cost & booking: There will be no charge for this trip but it is essential to book your place either with Sarah or using the link below.

Members - £Free

Non Members - £Free

 

THE QUATERNARY OF LINCOLNSHIRE (joint meeting with the Yorkshire Geological Society)
Leader: Peter Worsley
Sunday June 18

This excursion will examine and discuss recent developments in understanding the pattern of glaciation in central Lincolnshire. In particular the evidence for a glacial event or events between the classical Anglian and the Devensian will be considered. A traverse starting close to Stamford will end just west of Louth and en route a number of key Quaternary geological sites will be visited.

Equipment:  Some walking over rough ground will be involved. Stout footwear is recommended together with suitable clothing. 

Cost & booking: Numbers may be limited. We are considering hiring a minibus and the attendance fee will be set later. Register with Sarah to confirm your place.

Please book your place using the links below:

Members - £5

Non Members - £10

London’s Theatreland & Trafalgar Square – EVENING BUILDING STONES WALK
Leader: Ruth Siddall
Tuesday 20 June - 6pm

This walk will look at the history of London’s Theatreland and Trafalgar Square through the building stones used. It will also reveal some aspects of London’s geology, discovered through the excavations for new buildings.

Please book your place using the links below:

Members and Non Members - £5

 

THE GEOLOGY AND BUILDING STONES OF PETERBOROUGHLeaders: Colin Prosser and Jonathan Larwood
Saturday 24 June

This trip will provide the opportunity to explore the geology and fossils of Peterborough, spending the morning in Peterborough City Centre and the afternoon approximately 5 miles east of Peterborough at Kings Dyke Brick Pit.  The day will start at Peterborough Museum (10 for 10:15am) with a one hour tour of the museum and the chance to see the rich collection of large marine vertebrates from the Oxford Clay of the local area.  The party will then take a 5 minute walk to Peterborough’s spectacular cathedral and enjoy an internal tour, focussing on the building stone from which it is constructed, including a wide range of locally sourced Middle Jurassic limestone, as well as various ‘marble’ from across the UK and Europe.  The afternoon will be spent at Kings Dyke Brick Pit near Whittlesey, where there will be an opportunity to see Oxford Clay in situ., collect a range of fossils from a managed collecting area and to learn about brick making.

Equipment: Sensible field gear with wellies being a good idea if it is wet for the afternoon visit.

Cost and booking: £10 to include admission to the cathedral.  Numbers limited to approximately 20.  Peterborough Museum and Cathedral are close to the railway station so it is possible to do this trip by rail.  If you are considering this option and would need a lift in the afternoon to and from the brick pit please let Sarah know. 

Cost (including entrance to Cathedral):

£10 for Members

£15 for Non Members

 

DEVON
Leader: John Copes
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October (low spring tides at lunchtime).

Centre Torquay or Paignton (full of hotels and B&Bs).

Geology: Marine Devonian, Variscan structures and post-Variscan cover.

More details to follow.

£10 for Members

£20 for Non Members

 

WEALDEN EXCURSION

Leader: Peter Austen and Ed Jarzembowski

 

THE LOST GARDENS OF EDIACARA

Leader: Eddie Bailey

Date TBC

We will be looking through windows in the Triassic and Glacial overburdens into the late Neo-Proterozoic exposed in Bardon Hill Quarry, Leicestershire. As well as the andesites and volcaniclastics we will also see the Triassic unconformity and study the glacial deposits being revealed in the extension area.

It is unlikely indeed probably impossible that we will find any Ediacara fossils but we will see the rocks being laid down at the time. Depending on time we may take the group to Charnwood forest to the actual location of the discovery of Charnia masoni and Charniodiscus.

Equipment: You must have a hard, hat hi-vis jacket and appropriate footwear.

Please note the following important information for Field Meetings:

BOOKING. You must book through the GA office to confirm attendance. Meeting times and locations will be confirmed on booking. These are not normally advertised in advance, as there have been problems with members turning up without booking or paying and maximum numbers being exceeded. Field meetings are open to non-members although attendance by non-members is subject to a £5 surcharge on top of the normal administration fee. Some meetings may have restrictions on age (especially for under 16s) or be physically demanding. If you are uncertain, please ask.

PAYMENTS for day and weekend meetings must be made before attending any field meeting. Cheques should be made out to Geologists' Association Field Meetings. If making multiple bookings, please enclose a separate cheque for each meeting unless you have first confirmed that there are places available. A stamped addressed envelope is appreciated. Please give a contact telephone number and, if possible, an email address and provide the names of any other persons that you are including in your booking. Please also provide and emergency contact name and telephone number at the time of booking.

PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE for field meetings is provided but personal accident cover remains the responsibility of the participant. Further details are available upon request from the GA office.

SAFETY is taken very seriously. Should you be unsure about either the risks involved or your ability to participate, you must seek advice from the GA office before booking. Please make sure that you study the risk assessment prepared for all GA field meetings and that you have all the safety equipment specified. You must decalre, at the time of booking, any disabilities or medical conditions that may affect your ability to safely attend a field meeting. You may be asked to provide further information on any prescription drugs etc. that you may use whilst attending a field meeting. In order to ensure the safety of all participants, the GA reserves the right to limit or refuse attendance at field meetings.

EMERGENCY CONTACT: If you are lost or late for the start of a meeting, an emergency contact is available during UK field meetings by calling the GA mobile phone (07724 133290). The mobile phone will only be switched on just before and during field meetings. For routine enquiries please call the GA office on the usual number.

The GA's FIELDWORK CODE is widely recognized as a standard for advice and guidance in the field. The code can be obtained free of charge, and is available for distribution.