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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 bullet21 Mar - Annual Family Day with the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire
brown bullet2-3 May - Mapping the Earth' at the Lyme Regis Fossil Annual Festival
brown bullet16 May - Field trip to Whitman’s Quarry Worcestershire
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18-19 July - South Wales Annual Weekend

Other events for members to enjoy

brown bulletGeologists' Association Lectures, London
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William Smith Bicentinary

brown bulletDorset Geologists’ Association Group

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, Norfolk
brown bulletUK Amateur Fossil Hunters

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Rockwatch Events

Annual Family Day with the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire
Saturday 21 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 by email to jpst@bgs.ac.uk or to: John Stevenson, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5GG.

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'Mapping the Earth' at the Lyme Regis Fossil Annual Festival
Saturday – Sunday 2 – 3 May

Join us to Celebrate the 200th anniversary of William Smith’s Famous Geological Map of England, Wales and part of Scotland. 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!

ROCKWATCHERS SPECIAL EVENT: There will be a very special private event associated with the Smith Map Bicentenary for Rockwatch members only in the Museum on Saturday 2nd from 5.30 - 6.30, after it has closed to the public. It will be free, but you must register with the Rockwatch office as there is a number limit.

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Field trip to Whitman’s Quarry Worcestershire for fossils from the
Much Wenlock Formation Saturday 16 May

Further details in the Spring Events Booklet but book now to reserve your place.

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South Wales Annual Weekend Fieldtrip 2015

South Wales Annual Weekend 18-19 July 2015

This year Rockwatch will be setting off to explore a new region of Wales. We will be heading as west as you can go – to the Marloes/Dale peninsula in Pembrokeshire. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park displays a greater variety of geological features and associated landforms than any equivalent area of the same size in the British Isles, and you’ll be visiting it with experts to help you understand the geology. This is a very popular trip so register with Geraldine as soon as you can at rockwatchatga@btinternet.com

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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.

For adults, but may 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 9 January: Did the Earth move for you? From great earthquakes to silent slip by Dr Rebecca Bell
Fri 13 February: Overturning our understanding of the Ediacaran fauna by Dr Alexander Liu
Fri 6 March: When coccoliths become oil the hard way: a food chain in the Kimmeridge Clay of Dorset by Dr Dave Martill and Steve Etches
Fri 10 April: How Life bounces back after an extinction by Dr Marcello Ruta
Fri 1 May: Foraminifera …the inner secrets of a single celled organism by Dr Haydon Bailey.

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William Smith Bicentinary
In 1815 William Smith published the first edition of his Geological Map of England and Wales showing the location of coal, iron ore, clays and other raw materials. Described as ‘A work of genius planned and executed single handed’ its bicentenary is being celebrated with events all over the country. Lectures are aimed at adults, but older rockwatchers welcome.

Tues 3 March: William Smith, Father of English Geology: his maps by John Henry at the Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, York. Open event.
Tues 21 April: William Smith (1769-1839): 200 Years of the first Nationwide Geological Map by Dr Tom Sharpe at 6.00pm Cardiff University, Room 1.25 Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AT.
For more information: swales.rg@geolsoc.org.uk
22-31 May: The story of the rocks: William 'Strata' Smith's geological map at the Yorkshire Museum. A display and exhibition with half term activities celebrating and exploring the map and Smith's Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR. For more information contact: 01904 687687.

For more details of all events: www.geolsoc.org.uk/Events/William-Smith-Bicentenary

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Dorset Geologists’ Association Group
Sat 21 Feb: Become a Building Stones Detective! Join Alan Holiday for a Building Stones walk around Lyme Regis looking at the stones of the bulidings as well as coast protection. Meet at top car park as you go into Lyme from the East SY345926.

To book contact Alan Holiday: alanholiday@btinternet.com

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Hull Geological Society

Thurs 15 Jan: Members' Evening short talks and displays including: Till matrix palynology as a provenance tool by Roger Connell
Thurs 12 Feb: Iceland Land of Rock, Fire, Ice and Water byTerry Rockett
Thurs 5 March: From Wollaston and Brora to Brae: Understanding your oil field by Rodger Connell

Evening meetings start at 7.30 pm in the Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Cohen Building, University of Hull. Non-members welcome but please arrive early. Further information: 01482 346784 or email m.j.horne@hull.ac.uk

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South Wales Group of the GA
Sat 10 Jan:
Holiday Geology Meeting from 10.30 - 16.00 in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Short talks from members on things of geological interest plus displays, book sales etc. £5 buffet lunch charge. For more information and to book a place contact: Steven Howe on 02920 573363 or Steve.Howe@museumwales.ac.uk

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Liverpool Geological Society
Lecture Programme:
20 Jan: Some aspects of Climate Change by Mark Williams on
10 Feb: Modelling of the mechanics of Igneous Intrusion by Janine Cavanagh -
21 Feb: Herdman Symposium: Speakers to include Prof Iain Stewart
3 Mar: The William Smith Map and Lecture on William Smith by Prof Hugh Torrens

7.30pm in Lecture Theatre 137 of the Liverpool John Moores, Byrom Street Campus, Liverpool, L3 3AF. 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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Harrow and Hillingdon Geological Society
21 February – 7 March: Geology Exhibition at Uxbridge Library.

Various displays including a large number of ‘hands-on’ rocks and a chance to see into a display box of fluorescent minerals. For more information please contact: Joan Waters j.waters2@btopenworld.com

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Hidden Horizons – of Yorkshire
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 will.watts@hiddenhorizons.co.uk www.hiddenhorizons.co.uk

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

For details: UKAFH website

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

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