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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 bullet22 March - Family Day, BGS Nottinghamshire
brown bullet29 March - Family Day, Bedfordshire
brown bullet26 April - Fossil Collecting, Gloucestershire
brown bullet3-4 May - Citizen Science, Lyme Regis
brown bullet24 May - National Stone Centre, Derbyshire
brown bullet29 May - Norris Museum, Cambridgeshire
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Fossil hunt on Bracklesham beach
brown bullet21 June -
Saddleworth Museum, Oldham

Other events for members to enjoy

brown bulletGeologists' Association Lectures, London
brown bulletLiverpool Geological Society
brown bullet26 Feb– 27 April
- LEGO® Lost World Zoo at Milestones Museum
brown bulletSat 8 March - Sun 20 July - Secrets from the Stores, Saffron Walden Museum
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South Wales Group of the GA
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Yorkshire Geology Month
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The Sedgwick Museum Science Festival
brown bulletAnglesey Geology Guided Walks
brown bulletGeology Walks at West Runton, Nr Cromer, Norfolk
brown bulletUK Amateur Fossil Hunters

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Rockwatch Events

Family Day at the British Geological Survey
Keyworth, Nottinghamshire NG12 5GG
Saturday 22 March 10.00 - 4.00

Rockwatch is returning to BGS Headquarters for this favourite Family Fun Day. Try your luck at gold panning, generate an earthquake and make your own fossil replica. See drilling samples from deep beneath your feet, touch fabulous fossils from the Museum's Collection. Meet some real geologists and learn first-hand what they do.

No charge, but booking is essential by e-mail to deba@bgs.ac.uk or to: Dr David Bailey, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5GG.

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Fossil Hunt in The Chalk of Totternhoe in Bedfordshire
Saturday 29 March 10.30 – 4.00

Join Susan Brown and Haydon Bailey for a day in the Chalk! You’ll be looking at depositional environments and collecting lots of fossils. The complexity of the Chalk will amaze you! Morning at Totternhoe, picnic lunch on top of Dunstable Downs and the afternoon in Kensworth Quarry Nature Reserve for more fossil hunting in the Chalk. Reserve your place through the Rockwatch office. £5 booking fee per family.

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Fossil Collecting Field Trip to Shorncote Quarry, Gloucestershire
Saturday 26 April 10.30 – 4.00

Don your hard hat and hi-vis vest and hunt for Jurassic and Ice-Age fossils in Shorncote Quarry located near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Age 7 and above. £5.00 booking fee per family. Booking essential through the Rockwatch Office.

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‘Citizen Science’
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival on 3 - 4 May

Rockwatch will once again be at this Festival of Geology. Come and join us at Lyme for an action packed weekend. Walks and talks throughout the two days, bookable at the Festival. We hope to see lots of you there! No charge or booking necessary!

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Rockwatch at the National Stone Centre, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Saturday 24 May 11.00 – 4.00

Join Susan Brown and the Centre’s new director, Albert Benghiat for a special guided visit exploring this series of Carboniferous Limestone Quarries with their fossils and minerals galore. The NSC is crammed with ancient tropical reefs, rocks and minerals, centuries of industrial history, and full of wildlife treasures – a protected SSSI. In fifty acres, it contains six former quarries, four lime kilns and lots of evidence of lead mining. Reserve your place through the Rockwatch office. £5 booking fee per family.

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Rockwatch at the Norris Museum
The Broadway, St Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 5BX
Thursday 29 May 10.00 – 4.00

Join the Rockwatch team and Museum colleagues for a day of Jurassic fun with occasional forays into the Silurian! We’ll have hands-on fossils, Jurassic dioramas and the ever popular trilobite racing! All welcome. No booking necessary. For more information contact the museum on 01480 497314 or www.norrismuseum.org.uk.

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Be a geo-detective at Boxgrove Priory then fossil hunt on Bracklesham beach
Sat 14 June 11.00 – 6.00

Join Susan Brown and geologist, David Bone, to explore Boxgrove Priory. The Priory, east of Chichester, dating back to the 11th century, is a functioning church and medieval ruin. Its building stones display a huge variety of local and imported materials, showing the geology and changes in stone supplies over the centuries. Spot interesting fossils in the walls. Then it’s on to Bracklesham - after a short talk it’s onto the beach with the falling tide to hunt for 45 million years old Eocene marine fossils, particularly shells and sharks’ teeth. Book with the Rockwatch office, £5 per family.

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Rockwatch at Saddleworth Museum
High St, Saddleworth, Uppermill, Oldham OL3 6HS
Saturday 21 June 11.00 – 3.30

For a family fun day join Rockwatch and Museum Staff for activities highlighting the local geology. Make your own Carboniferous dioramas and bring to life some of the huge dragonflies and insects of the period. You can also make your own Carboniferous fossils to take home. No booking necessary. Just come along. For more information about the Museum contact 01457 874093 www.saddleworthmuseum.co.uk

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Other events for Rockwatch 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.

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, lectures promptly at 6. Free with Mem. Card.

  • Fri 7 March: Forensic Geology: The Applications of Geology to Policing and Law enforcement by Dr Lawrence Donnelly
  • Fri 4 April: Zeolites – Just boiling stones? by Dr Vladimir Zholobenko
  • Fri 9 May: A walk on the Chalk side Part 2: flint, basins and the end of the Chalk in the British area by Prof Rory Mortimore

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Liverpool Geological Society
Sunday 16 March: A Practical Introduction to Fossils with Joe Crossley, which will include a fieldtrip. Rockwatchers (aged 6 - 16) can come along to with their parents – For more information contact: Joe Crossley on lgshonsec@gmail.com

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South Wales Group of the GA

  • Sat 22 March: AGM and ‘The World of Geology’ talk by Dr Geraint Owen. 11.00

For more information contact: Steven Howe on Steve.Howe@museumwales.ac.uk or 02920 573363

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LEGO® Lost World Zoo - 26 February – 27 April
at Milestones Museum, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG

LEGO artists from British company ‘Bright Bricks’ were inspired by the collections of natural history specimens to build some LEGO models of extinct animals. Species that historically roamed Hampshire are there, including the Woolly Mammoth and some of the original specimens that inspired the designs can be seen alongside the LEGO models.

Come face to face with a LEGO Sabre-toothed Tiger, find the flock of LEGO Dodos, and discover the giant Dragonflies and Butterflies, pose for photos with the LEGO Neanderthal man or Moa Bird and enjoy the giant interactive play DUPLO® Archelon Turtle.

During March you can watch a huge 2.5m tall Woolly Mammoth being built from LEGO on the indoor museum ‘showground’ by a certified builder; it will be displayed until 27th April. There will also be themed family activities and pre-booked sessions (additional charge for these sessions).

Visit the LEGO Mania website for more details.

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Secrets from the Stores
Saffron Walden Museum , Museum Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1JL
Saturday 8 March until Sunday 20 July 2014

An exhibition that brings to light some of the many fascinating objects from the Museum stores that are not usually on display. See a Siberian mammoth tusk, a giant antler, fossil bones, amazing minerals and rocks and more.

Opening hours March to October: Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sundays & Bank Holidays: 2 - 5pm. Closed on Mondays (except Bank Holiday Mondays).

Entrance: Adults £1.50; Discounts 75p; Children (18 and under) FREE. Annual season tickets £5 and £2.50. For more details: Tel: 01799 510333

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Yorkshire Geology Month

  • Sat 3 May: A series of geological activites to be launched at the National Coalmining Museum, Caphouse Colliery.
  • Activities will be from mid-May to the end of June and will include museum talks on the Frodingham Ironstone (Scunthorpe), field trips in Wear- and Teesdale, Todmorden Moor and mid-Lincolnshire. Possibly a guided walk along the William Smith trail in Scarborough (unconfirmed).

When more information is available it will be on the Yorkshire Geological Society website www.yorksgeolsoc.org.uk or contact Paul Hildreth on panda_hildreth@hotmail.com Tel: 01652 655784.

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The Sedgwick Museum Science Festival University Of Cambridge, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3EQ

The Science festival programme will be out in February and more information will be on http://www.sedgwickmuseum.org/ and the science festival website http://www.cam.ac.uk/science-festival.

  • Sat 15 March: Time Truck at the Sedgwick Museum, Watson Gallery 10.30 - 3.30 Travel in time with Time Truck! Investigate rocks and minerals, discover dinosaurs and explore earthquake science with hands on activities and demonstrations. Hands on, Drop in, All ages
  • Sat 22 March: Rocks make Pictures, Watson Gallery 10.30 – 12.30, 2.30 - 3.30
    Make and take away your own mineral picture using natural mineral pigments, just as our ancestors did thousands of years ago. And, learn about the minerals which have provided artists with these pigments for millennia. Hands on, Drop in, Ages 8+
  • Sat 22 March: What on Earth is it? 10.30 – 3.30 Bring along your geological specimens – rocks, minerals and fossils for our experts to help you identify them.
  • There will also be some hands on Saturdays at the museum on 15th, 22nd February and 1st March.

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Anglesey Geology Guided Walks
GeoMon Anglesey GeoPark has a programme of Guided Walks, all with a geological theme but including local history, myths and legends, shipwrecks and everything else associated with the area of each walk.

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. Time: 1.30 – 4.00pm leaving from the car park at West Runton Beach. Small charge to park. Walks not far, but the beach is very rocky. Children 8+ Tickets £3.00 and may be purchased on the day. Call Cromer Museum for details/to book: 01263 513543 or cromer.museum@norfolk.gov.uk

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

  • Sun 2 March: Watchet, Somerset

For details: http://www.ukafh.co.uk/2014-fossil-hunts/4577212328

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

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