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ROCKWATCH EVENTS 2014

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 bulletFossil Collecting Field Trip to The Chalk of Southern England - Saturday 5 July
brown bulletFossil Collecting in Lea Quarry, Much Wenlock, Shropshire - Saturday 12 July 10.30 – 3.00
brown bullet12th Annual Rockwatch Residential Fieldtrip to the
Jurassic World Heritage coast of Dorset and East
Monday 28 July – Friday 1 August

brown bulletFossil Collecting Field Trip to The Chalk of Southern England - Saturday 5 July
brown bulletThe Stones of Brookwood Cemetery, Woking GU24 0BL - Saturday 9 August

Other events for members to enjoy

brown bulletGeologists' Association Lectures, London
brown bulletHull Geological Society
brown bulletFossil Collecting on Barton Beach, Hampshire
brown bulletSouth Wales Group of the GA
brown bulletThe 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

Fossil Collecting Field Trip to The Chalk of Southern England.
Saturday 5 July 11.00 – 4.00

Susan Brown and Rory Mortimore, expert on The Chalk, are leading this fossil collecting trip along the cliffs of Sussex. Start in Eastbourne with a 30 minute walk along the cliffs looking at erosion, slope stability and geological structures. The day finishes with a drive to the top of Beachy Head. Come along and enjoy an investigation of this extraordinary landscape. £5 registration fee. Book with the Rockwatch Office.

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Fossil Collecting in Lea Quarry, Much Wenlock, Shropshire
Saturday 12 July 10.30 – 3.00

Join Susan Brown and Eddie Bailey in Lea Quarry which works the Silurian Much Wenlock Formation. The benches and tips contain typical reef associations ie abundant small brachiopod fossils (especially Atrypa reticularis, but 4-5 other species too), abundant corals (Favosites, halysites, heliolites etc). Gastropods and parts can also be found here. Over 7s only. Booking essential with the Rockwatch office. £5 per family.

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12th Annual Rockwatch Residential Fieldtrip to the Jurassic World Heritage coast of Dorset and East Sussex - Monday 28 July – Friday 1 August
Further exploration of the Jurassic Coast and nearby quarries with Rockwatch’s Susan Brown, Richard Edmonds of the World Heritage Coast, Alan Holiday and Barry Cullimore of Leason House. This year we will be looking at the effects of erosion on present day landscapes after the very wet winter and comparing these with evidence we find in the rocks of the Jurassic World Heritage Coast of earlier erosional episodes. Stay at Leason House Field Studies Centre with its excellent facilities. Cost: Adults £270, first child £180, subsequent children £120 – covers all costs during stay including local transport. Numbers limited. Only over 7s. Book through the Rockwatch Office.

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The Stones of Brookwood Cemetery, Woking GU24 0BL - Saturday 9 August 12.00 – 3.00 (times to be confirmed)
Join Susan Brown and Diana Smith to explore Brookwood cemetery. It was opened in November 1854, and at the time was the largest in the world and was originally called the London Necropolis. It’s just 30 miles from London and was built to house the capital’s deceased, at a time when it was finding it difficult to accommodate its increasing population, of living and dead. We will be exploring what is a treasure trove of rock specimens covering many types and geological settings – some are polished which reveals details not apparent in the rough rock. Booking essential 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 organized by Rockwatch and you need to get in touch with the group involved to find out more details and to book.

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 July 4: Late Mesazoic Insects in Searth of the Fossil Silk Road by Ed Jarzembowski

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Hull Geological Society
Events during Yorkshire Geology Month:

Sat 12 July: Field Meeting at Mappleton led by Stuart Jones.

Rockwatchers and parents welcome but must register..

For further information and to register: Mike Horne on 01482 346784 mike@horne28.freeserve.co.uk

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FOSSIL COLLECTING on BARTON BEACH, HAMPSHIRE

Sunday 20 July 2014
A trip for all the family

ORGANISED BY THE LONDON BRANCH OF THE OPEN UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

A great trip for families with children (as well as seasoned geologists) because the fossils -mainly sea shells - are so plentiful and easily collected. Apparently there are over 600 species to find, all about 40 million years old!

All are welcome, and you are free to finish whenever you want. Charge £2.50. To register and for details and times contact Iain Fletcher: iain@ifletcher1.fsnet.co.uk or 020 8543 0179.

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South Wales Group of the GA
Sun 27 July: A Family Friendly trip looking at the ‘Fossils of Penarth’ 11:00 – 15:00. Meet 11:00 at Lifeboat Station, walk to Lavernock along the beach and back along the cliff top footpath. For more information contact: Steven Howe on 02920 573363 or Steve.Howe@museumwales.ac.uk

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The Sedgwick Museum Science Festival, University Of Cambridge, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3EQ Tel: 01223 333456

Sat 5 July: 12.00 – 5.00 The Fun Lab returns with hands-on science activities for all ages. Get a little messy making a 'fossil' imprint and take part in other exciting activities. There may even be an appearance by some Weird and wacky wildlife!

Wed 6 August: Fossil imprints Make your own fossil rubbing of footprints, frogs, pterosaurs and more. Then see if you can find similar fossils in the museum collection.

Sat 16 August: Ask the experts and feel a fossil Bring along your geological specimens – rocks, minerals and fossils for experts to identify. Nothing to identify? Then test your knowledge and get your hands on some of the museum’s fossils.

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

http://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.

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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