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ROCKWATCH EVENTS 2015

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 June - Tegg’s Nose Rocks Geology Open Day, Macclesfield
brown bullet 27 June - Fossil Collecting in Lea Quarry, Much Wenlock, Shropshire
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18-19 July - South Wales Annual Weekend
brown bullet27 - 31 July - 13th Annual Rockwatch Residential Fieldtrip to the Jurassic World Heritage coast of Dorset and East Sussex
brown bullet8 Aug - The Stones of Brookwood Cemetery, Woking
brown bullet25 Aug - Ware Museum, Hertfordshire

Other events for members to enjoy

brown bulletGeologists' Association Lectures, London
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5 July - Railway Land Live! biosphere Festival 2015, Brighton
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William Smith Bicentinary

brown bulletWarwickshire Geological Conservation Group
brown bulletHull Geological Society
brown bulletWhite Cliffs Countryside Partnership as part of their Green Gang programme
brown bulletDorset Geologists’ Association Group

brown bulletHidden Horizons – of Yorkshire
brown bulletGeology Walks at West Runton, Norfolk
brown bulletUK Amateur Fossil Hunters

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Rockwatch Events

Tegg’s Nose Rocks Geology Open Day, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 0AP
Sunday 7 June Walk 10.30 – 11.30 followed by geological activities till 2.30

A chance to walk the ‘Tegg’s Nose Rocks!’ trail in the company of experts to help you to spot evidence of recent Ice Ages or ripples from a river flowing some 325 million years ago! Join Susan Brown, local geologist Kate Riddington and Country Park Ranger, Martin James, for a fun family day exploring the geological history of the park and wider Cheshire Plain. Easy walking, with lots of interesting geology. Please wear suitable boots and clothing and leave your dog at home! Car parking charge. Suitable over 7s. Advance booking essential via: http://teggsgeologyday2015.eventbrite.co.uk/

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Fossil Collecting in Lea Quarry, Much Wenlock, Shropshire - Saturday 27 June 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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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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13th Annual Rockwatch Residential Fieldtrip to the Jurassic World Heritage coast of Dorset and East - Monday 27 July – Friday 31 July

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 Leeson House. This year we will be looking at Fossils in the service of Man. Stay at Leeson House Field Studies Centre with its excellent facilities. Cost: Adults £285, first child £190, subsequent children £125 – 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 8 August 12.00 – 3.00 (times to be confirmed)

Join Susan Brown and Diana Smith to explore Brookwood cemetery for the continuation of last year’s visit. It was opened in November 1854, and at the time was the largest in the world, originally called the London Necropolis. It’s just 30 miles from London and was built to house the capital’s deceased. 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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Ware Museum, The Priory, High St, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9AL - Tuesday 25 August 11.00 – 3.30

www.waremuseum.org.uk 01920 487848
Rockwatch will be running ‘drop in’ activities all day at this delightful local museum. Free but donations to the museum welcome. No booking required. Bring sandwiches and picnic in The Priory grounds or visit a local eatery.

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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 6.00, lectures promptly at 6.30. Free with Mem. Card.

Fri 5 June: Unusual minerals in the Mendip Hills by Mike Rumsey
Fri 3 July: Mr William Smith’s remarkable maps by Tom Sharpe

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Railway Land Live! biosphere Festival 2015
Railway Land Local Nature Reserve
2-5pm, Sunday 5th July
Celebrating the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere

Download the poster for further details

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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.

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

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Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group

Sunday 14 Jun: Dinosaur and Fossil Fun at Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ - 11am-4pm Meet Rex the Tyrannosaurus, see the Trilobite, search for fossils, see how minerals are used and see stone masons, brick makers, thatchers.

More details at: http://www.comptonverney.org.uk

www.wgcg.co.uk

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Hull Geological Society
www.hullgeolsoc.org.uk

Fri 10 July: Evening picnic and Field Meeting at Mappleton led by Mike Horne. Bring some picnic food to share. Followed by a walk on the beach to look for fossils and minerals. Hard hat required if you wish to examine the cliffs. Hammers not necessary, but if you bring one you must wear safety glasses. Gentle slope to beach.

Sat 29 August: Roadshow at Hornsea Museum East Riding of Yorkshire HU18 1AB open to the public from 11 am until 3pm. Admission free.

For further information: phone 01482 346784 or email: m.j.horne@hull.ac.uk

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White Cliffs Countryside Partnership as part of their Green Gang programme

The Geology of Folkestone Warren and Fossil Foray
Saturday 18 April and Saturday 29 August at 3:00pm
A short walk introducing the local geology and fossils and explaining why the landscape around East Wear Bay looks as it does. The walk lasts about 1½ hours and will visit the beach so sturdy footwear required. Suggested donation: £2.00. Led by Andy Temple, GeoConservation Kent & Kent Geologists' Group for White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806). MEET: Outside Restaurant (The Pavilion), Wear Bay Road, Folkestone (TR 239 364). More details: carolegeoff@btinternet.com

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Dorset Geologists’ Association Group
www.dorsetgeologistsassociation.com
Fossil and Mineral Fair at the Allendale Centre, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1AS.

Saturday 15 August 10.00-16.00
Dealers, societies and members stalls. Plenty of (pay) parking, café in hall. Children welcome. Wheelchair friendly. Free admission. For more details contact heldon47@btinternet.comor 01300 320811.

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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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Geology Walks at West Runton, Nr Cromer, Norfolk
Geology Walks in six different areas of North Norfolk led by Martin Warren. Walks a mix of distances and challenges so maybe check first. Children 8+ Tickets £3.00. For details phone: 01263 513543 or Martin’s website http://www.northfolk.org.uk/geology.html
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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