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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 bullet19 February - Behind the Scenes at the Natural History Museum
brown bullet19 March - Annual Family Day with the British Geological Survey in Keyworth
brown bullet29 April - 1 May - Lyme Regis Fossil Annual Festival
brown bullet7 May - Fossil Hunt at Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex
brown bullet15 May - Rockwatch Field Trip to Much Wenlock in Shropshire

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 bulletGeologists' Association Lectures, London
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Yorkshire Geology Month
brown bulletHull Geological Society
brown bulletSouth Wales Group of the GA
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
brown bulletWarwickshire Geological Conservation Group

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Rockwatch Events

Behind the Scenes of the Palaentology Department, Natural History Museum, London
Friday 19 February

Meet some very old fossils! Come along with Susan and palaentologists from the Museum for a close encounter with some of its hidden treasures. Rockwatchers and parents will be taken round in groups. Numbers limited for each tour so reserve your place early! Book with the Rockwatch office. £5 booking fee.

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Annual Family Day with the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire
Saturday 19 March 10.00 - 4.00

Rockwatch will again be at 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 - see the BGS website for details and to register online.

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

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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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 15 May 10.30 - 3.00

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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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.

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 8 Jan: The Gambursev Subglacial Mountains parodox in East Antarctica: solved or enduringly enigmatic? by Dr Fausto Ferraccioli
  • Fri 5 February: A Virtual World of Palaeontology by Dr Imran Rahman
  • Fri 11 March: Giant marine reptiles and whales during the Eocene-Oligocene cooling event by Dr Nick Longrich
  • 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.

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Yorkshire Geology Month will be sometime in May/Early June

With a full programme of events and activities of both general and more specialised interest, including displays, both surface and underground guided geological walks and talks for visitors of all ages and interests.


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Hull Geological Society

Thursday 12th February 2015 - (evening lecture) by Terry Rockett on "Iceland Land of Rock, Fire, Ice and Water". In the Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Cohen Building, University of Hull. Non-members welcome but arrive early.

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

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South Wales Group of the GA

  • Sat 12 Dec: Mr Smith’s remarkable maps Talk by Tom Sharpe
  • Sat 9 Jan: Holiday Geology Meeting from 10.30 - 16.00 Short talks from members on things of geological interest plus displays, book sales etc. £5 buffet lunch charge.
  • Sat 20 Feb: Minerals and Gems of the Cairngorm. Talk by Roy Starkey

All take place in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. For more information and to book contact: Stephen Howe on 02920 573363 or Steve.Howe@museumwales.ac.uk

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Liverpool Geological Society

There are three Field Meetings which would be suitable for Rockwatchers:-

  • Feb 20 Formby Beach, Pleistocene Footprints,
  • 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! Two trips planned for February half term – Boggle Hole and Clayton Bay. 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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Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group
'What's Under your Feet'

Festival of Geology at Kenilworth Senior Citizens Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, CV8 1QJ. Saturday 20th Feb 2016 10am-3pm

Learn why the continents never stand still. Find out what lies deep beneath Warwickshire and come face to face with fossils that lived there millions of years ago. Handle minerals that are stunningly beautiful. See what surprises are lurking when you look down a microscope. Model your own dinosaur or help to make the longest dinosaur frieze ever. Free Festival of Geology for all ages and levels.

More details: www.wgcg.co.uk/events/event/whats-under-your-feet/

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

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