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Fieldtrip to Sellar Open Cast Coal Pit, South Wales

These are the main ROCKWATCH EVENTS coming up in the months ahead.

All Rockwatch events are open to Rockwatch members so why not take advantage and join today!

Select one of the following links to find out more about our events.

Rockwatch Events Listing

brown bullet7 May - Fossil Hunt at Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex
brown bullet15 May - Rockwatch Field Trip to Much Wenlock in Shropshire
brown bullet4 June - Fossil Collecting Trip to Cambridgeshire
brown bullet2 July and 24 September - Dorset Fossil Hunt
brown bullet16 - 17 July - South Wales Annual Weekend
brown bullet1-5 Aug - 14th Annual Rockwatch Residential Fieldtrip
brown bullet11 Aug - Somerset Earth Science Centre

Other events for members to enjoy

Please bear in mind that these events have not been organized by Rockwatch and you need to get in touch with the group involved to find out more details and to book

brown bulletLyme Regis Fossil Annual Festival
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Geologists' Association Lectures, London

brown bulletDorset Geologists’ Association Group
brown bulletHull Geological Society
brown bulletLiverpool Geological Society
brown bulletHarrow and Hillingdon Geological Society
brown bulletHidden Horizons – of Yorkshire
brown bulletAnglesey Geology Guided Walks
brown bulletGeology Walks at West Runton, Nr Cromer, Norfolk
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UK Amateur Fossil Hunters

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Rockwatch Events

Fossil Hunt at Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex
Saturday 7 May

Join David Bone and Susan Brown for a beach fossil hunt. Bracklesham is a great place to hunt for fossils shells and sharks’ teeth, 45 million years old and Susan and David will be able to help you ‘get your eye in’! You’ll be able to find lots of Eocene age fossils to add to your collections. Book with the Rockwatch office. £5 per family.

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Rockwatch Field Trip to Much Wenlock in Shropshire. Sunday 22May 10.30 - 3.00 (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE)

For an exciting new approach to Silurian fossils at Lea Quarry, join Eddie Bailey and Susan Brown. This will be our forth visit to this Rockwatch favourite where we’ll see rocks of the Silurian Period in the Much Wenlock Limestone Formation. The benches and tips in the quarry contain typical reef fossils such as small brachiopods. Lots to find and take home with you. Book with the Rockwatch office. £5 per family.

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Fossil Collecting Trip to Cambridgeshire
4 June 10.00 start

All day fieldtrip!
Collecting Jurassic Fossils with Simon Kelly and Susan Brown near Upware. A fabulous site new to Rockwatch with fabulous fossils to add to your collection, including ammonites and bivales. All day event. Bring lunch. Age 7 +. Book with the Rockwatch office. £5 per family.

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Dorset Fossil Hunt
Saturday 2 July and Saturday 24 September 10.30 – 3.30

Join Bob Chandler and Susan Brown in Mapperton, north of Bridport for an exciting day hunting for a range of Jurassic fossils. Numbers strictly limited but this trip will be repeated on Saturday 24 September so book for either date. Bring a picnic lunch. Age 7 and above. Book with the Rockwatch office. £5 per family.

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South Wales Annual Weekend
16 - 17 July

This year we’ll be exploring the Carboniferous exposures in the upper Swansea Valleys near Craig-y-Nos and, on Sunday, the Big Pit Museum and the Coal Measures. An opportunity to add Carboniferous fossils to your collections. A fabulous weekend of fossilising!! Reserve your place now! £5 per family.

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14th Annual Rockwatch Residential Fieldtrip
to the Jurassic World Heritage coast of Dorset and East Devon
Monday 1 – Friday 5 August

Further exploration of the Jurassic Coast and nearby quarries with Rockwatch’s Susan Brown, Sam Scriven, Richard Edmonds, Alan Holiday and Barry Cullimore. Our theme this year is Geoconservation, Site Recording and Fossil Collecting – including a visit to explore dinosaur footprints! Stay at Leeson House Field Studies Centre with its excellent facilities. Cost: Adults £299, first child £200, subsequent children £131 – covers all costs during stay including local transport. Numbers limited. Only over 7s. Book through the Rockwatch Office.

Rockwatch will once again be at this Festival of Geology so join us at Lyme for an action packed weekend. We will be there with dioramas and fossil identification amongst other things. We hope to see lots of you!

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Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Mendip Road, Stoke St Michael, Somerset BA3 5JU
Thursday 11 August 10.15 for a 10.30 start.

A day in the Mendips exploring Carboniferous exposures. Start the day at the Centre investigating the geological formation of the area followed by a visit to the enormous Whatley Quarry, and the afternoon exploring Tedbury Camp with its famous unconformity. Solve the mystery of the missing sediments of more than 80 million years! Only over 7s. Book through the Rockwatch Office.

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Other events for Rockwatch Members to enjoy

Please bear in mind that these events have not been organised by Rockwatch and you need to get in touch with the group involved to find out more details and to book.

Lyme Regis Fossil Annual Festival
Saturday 29 April - Sunday 1 May

Sadly this year Rockwatch will not be at the Festival, but it will still be absolutely great! It’s an hands-on science event for the whole family – activities, walks, talks, exhibits, theatre and music. A tent on the beach and things going on all over town!

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Geologists' Association Lectures, Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0DU

(opposite Fortnum and Mason). For adults, but may be of interest to older Rockwatchers. Doors open 5.30 for lecture at 6.00. Free with Mem. Card.

  • Fri 1 April: The Biggest Volcano on Earth by Dr Julie Prytulak
  • Fri 6 May: AGM and Presidential Address: Foraminifera II: Planktonics - The free floating story by Dr Haydon Bailey
  • Fri 3 June: Cambridge Earth’s Climate Evolution by Dr Colin Summerhayes.
  • Fri 1 July: The Geology and Scenery of Italy: the role of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonic Plates by Dr Lidia Lonergan

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Dorset Geologists’ Association Group

Sat 23 June: Chairman's fieldtrip. Meet at 10.30 Rocket Quarry, Portesham, where there's interesting geology and good views. Walk a circular route and back to quarry for lunch. Further circular walk in the afternoon. All ages as long as children can walk a distance with several ups and downs. Contact Doreen on: heldon47@btinternet.com

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Hull Geological Society

Sat 14 May - Roadshow at the Treasure House in Beverley - 11 am to 3pm. Free.
Saturday 27th August - (provisional date) - Roadshow at Hornsea Museum.

Further information: 01482 346784 or m.j.horne@hull.ac.uk

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Liverpool Geological Society

Field Meetings which would be suitable for Rockwatchers:-

  • Apr 9 Derbyshire
  • May 21/22 Anglesey

Details will appear on the LGS Website - liverpoolgeologicalsociety.org nearer the time.

And for more information about the Liverpool Geological Society contact: Joe Crossley at lgshonsec@gmail.com

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Harrow and Hillingdon Geological Society

Monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of every month at the Cavendish Pavilion, Field End Road, Eastcote. HA4 9PG. Expert speakers give illustrated talks on all aspects of geology, and answer questions afterwards The talks start at 8:00 pm. Rockwatchers aged 14 upwards can attend accompanied by an adult.


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Hidden Horizons – of Yorkshire www.hiddenhorizons.co.uk

Become a Yorkshire Coast Explorer with Hidden Horizons. Something for all the family along the Yorkshire Coast from rock-pooling trips, to fossil hunts and dinosaur walks. Experienced leaders show you the amazing secrets hidden on the coast from 180 million year-old fossils and Jurassic dinosaur footprints to the creatures who call it come today!

Phone Will Watts on 07964 759433 or

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Anglesey Geology Guided Walks

GeoMon Anglesey GeoPark has a programme of Guided Walks, all with a geological theme.

www.geomon.co.uk/ and there should be something there of interest to all. Price for walks: Adults £5.00 children £3.00

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Geology Walks at West Runton, Nr Cromer, Norfolk

Geology Walks led by Martin Warren. Walks not far, but the beach is very rocky. Children 8+ Tickets £3.00. For details: 01263 513543 cromer.museum@norfolk.gov.uk

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UK Amateur Fossil Hunters

Fossil Hunts throughout the year for all ages, adults and families.

For details: www.ukafh.com

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For more information and to book places please email the Rockwatch office: rockwatchatga@btinternet.com

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