UK Field Trips


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

2021 Meetings

Making Sense of Geological Maps – Virtual Zoom Workshop
Saturday 20th March 2021, 4pm-6pm

The complexities of real geology displayed on maps and sections may seem daunting. The aim of this online workshop is to provide basic rules and techniques than can be applied to interpret geological maps and appreciate geology in three dimensions. It will include exercises for participants to solve and include a Q&A/discussion session. The workshop will be directed by Norman Dutton and is suitable for beginners and anyone wishing to refresh their geological map reading skills.

Norman Dutton taught geology in Black Country secondary schools for 25 years. He was also involved with examinations boards, including as a Chief Examiner for GCSE Geology. Since retiring he has continued a passion for geological education through the Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group and by providing talks, workshops and field trips.

Details on how to join the virtual meeting will be communicated to participants upon booking.

Maximum group size will be 20.

Cost:

£5 GA members

£10 non-members

Geological Field Sketching Workshop – Virtual Zoom Workshop
Saturday 6th March 2021, 7pm-9pm

Emma Theresa Jude, a practicing fine artist and geologist, will demonstrate how simple drawing techniques taught in fine art classical traditions can improve field sketching confidence and accuracy. This online workshop will look at tricks and techniques for improving field sketching. The workshop is suitable for complete beginners and non-artists. It will include exercises for participants to draw along with and include a Q&A/discussion session. A short talk on the influence of geology on the practice of a number of 20th-century and contemporary artists will close the session.

Details on how to join the virtual meeting will be communicated to participants upon booking.

Maximum group size will be 20.

Cost:

£5 GA members

£10 non-members


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.