UK Field Trips

The Geologists’ Association organizes a number of day-long and weekend field meetings (download the GA circular 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.

Please see below the following important information for Field Meetings

2019 Meetings

Sunday 28th July 2019 – all day
The Wealden Excursion

Leaders: Peter Austen & Ed Jarzembowski

Location: Wealden – exact location to be decided.

This trip continues the popular annual Wealden excursions and again will visit one of the sites in the Weald Clay of south-east England. The venue will be confirmed later so as to take advantage of conditions at the time. Attendees will need to be sure they can safely cope with the conditions to be found in working quarries.

Meeting points and further details will be communicated to participants nearer the time.

Cost:
£5 GA members

£10 for non-members

GA trip: North Lincolnshire weekend field trip
Saturday 3rd August and Sunday 4th August 2019
Leaders: Dr. Michael Oates and Paul Hildreth

This GA weekend Field Trip will focus on the Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks of North Lincolnshire. Access to a large working quarry has been obtained guaranteeing unobscured geology. PPE is essential and full requirements will be shared in the joining instructions. Meeting points and further details will be communicated to participants nearer the time.

Participants are to arrange their own transport, accommodation and meals. Also suggest bring your own packed lunch into the field.

Saturday 3rd August 2019: will start at South Ferriby, where we will spend the morning examining the Ampthill Clay, Red Chalk and Chalk in the CEMEX Quarry. After lunch we will drive to Scunthorpe and visit the Conesby Quarry where the Charmouth Mudstone and Frodingham Ironstone Formation yield numerous fossils.

Sunday 4th August 2019: will start at Ulceby Vale, where we will examine a Chalk section and discuss a tantalising structural problem. After lunch we shall go to Elsham, to look at the Kimmeridgian Elsham Sandstone and consider its significance. The excursion will conclude around 3.00pm.

Cost:
£10 GA members

£15 for non-members

Friday 20th September 2019 – afternoon
Behind the scenes geology store tour

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol
Leader: Debbie Hutchinson

During 2019 we hope to celebrate the publication of the new GA guide to the geology of the Bristol area. This trip will take a ‘behind the scenes tour of the library and geology store’ at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery revealing some of the unseen treasures. We are limited to a maximum tour size of 10 people, however it can be run more than once in the afternoon if required.

Attendees wishing to stay on and make a weekend of it by attending the field trip on Saturday 21/09/2019 should arrange their own accommodation and sign up to that event separately.

Meeting points and further details will be communicated to participants nearer the time. Please note access to the geology store requires negotiating a stairway of 10-15 steps, there is no wheelchair access. However, for access to the library on the second floor a lift is available.

Cost £5 will be same for both members and non-members

Saturday 21st September 2019 – all-day
Jurassic geology around Bath/Bristol, Bath

Leader Prof. Maurice Tucker

Prof. Maurice Tucker is one of the authors, in the soon to be published and updated, GA guide to the geology of the Bristol area. The Saturday trip will visit Brown’s Folly near Bath and Midford to examine the rocks of the Great Oolite Group and Inferior Oolite.

Attendees wishing to take the ‘behind the scenes tour of the library and geology store’ at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery’ on the Friday afternoon before hand (20/9/2019) should arrange their own accommodation and sign up to that event separately.

Meeting points and further details will be communicated to participants nearer the time.

Cost:
Members £5

Non-members £10.

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. Payments can be made on line by clicking the relevant box above. Alternatively 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 mobile 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 mobile 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.