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:

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

Leaders: Peter Austen and Ed Jarzembowski
Sunday 30 th July 2017

This trip continues the annual excursion to Weald C lay localities in south-east England. Smokejacks brickpit is situated in the lower part o f the Upper Weald Clay Formation and exposes BGS Bed 5c (Alfold Sandstone) near the top of the pit. Over the past three decades it has yielded a number of important finds. In 1983 Bill Walker, an amateur collector, found a new theropod dinosaur, Baryonyx walkeri , which proved to be crucial to the understanding of the spinosaurs, and on the Geologists’ Association fieldtrip to the site in 2001 a well-preserved partial skeleton of a juvenile iguanodont ( Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis ) was discovered, and subsequently excavated by the Natural History Museum. Two Baryonyx teeth were also recovered from the Mantellisaurus excavation, suggesting that it may have been scavenged by Baryonyx . The site is also known for the early flowering plant Bevhalstia pebja (published in 1996), remains of which can still be found. The concretions of sideritic ironstone and fine grained calcareous sandstone have also yielded numerous insect remains (12 orders) including many new species. Other finds include dinosaur (including footcasts), remains of pterosaur, fish, crocodile, frog, crustaceans, molluscs and non-angiospermous plants (ferns and cycads, and a Sequoia -type cone). A death-bed assemblage of teleost fish has also been found, which included the first articulated pycnodont fish from the Wealden. During the 2015 field season a new species of spinicaudatan (clam shrimp) and a number of new beetles were discovered, and during 2016 a small claw, possibly Baryonyx . Excavations earlier in the year mean there will be fresh exposures available.

N.B. The base of the pit is flooded – please take care.

Meet: Meet at 10.30 a.m. in the quarry office car park at grid reference TQ 116 373 (O.S. map 187 – 1:50,000 series). Postcode RH5 5QH for SatNav . Smokejacks is just south of Walliswood (4 km southw est of Ockley), Surrey. The entrance is signed as Wienerberger Limited – Ewhurst Works.

If you are going to be late, please phone the GA Field Trip, Mobile 07724 133290.

Equipment: Hard hats and reflective jackets are co mpulsory . Eye protection, hammer, chisels, wrapping material for specimens, handlens and boots suitable for claypit. Packed lunch. Allow for the vagaries of the British weather – sunblock is advised if it’s a hot day, plus sufficient drink, and warm clothing and wet weather gear if otherwise.

Cost and Booking: Register with Sarah Stafford at the GA office (telephone: 0207 434 9298), sending an administration fee of £5 per person to confirm your place (£10 for non-GA members) or book your place using the links below. Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 40.

GA Members: £5

Non-Members: £10



Leader: John Cope
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


Saturday 14 October 2017
An afternoon visit to the ‘ Dinosaurs from China’ exhibition in Nottingham
Leader : Mike Howgate

This will be an afternoon visit to the ‘Dinosaurs from China’ exhibition from a viewpoint sceptical of the Dinosaur-Bird link consensus which prevails within the palaeontological community and popular science journals.

As key specimens which are seen as backing the dino-bird link will be on display it will be an ideal opportunity to see the alleged proto-feathers on Sinosauropteryx and the supposed dinosaurian features of the ‘four-winged flyer’ Microraptor gui which are used to place it among Dromaeosaurids on dinosaur cladograms. Members will then have both sides of the debate as the exhibition will inevitably be skewed towards the dino-bird theory.

We would also look at the other less contentious exhibits which include the superb long-necked sauropod Mamenchisaurus.

COST: £12 which will include the admission charge into the exhibition.


Leader: Peter Austen and Ed Jarzembowski



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.