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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 bulletLyme Regis Fossil Festival on 3 - 4 May
brown bulletFieldtrip to Breedon and Ticknell Quarries
Sunday 11 May

brown bulletRockwatch at the National Stone Centre, Derbyshire Saturday 24 May
brown bulletSaturday 14 June Guildhall in Priory Park, Chichester
then fossil hunt on Bracklesham beach, West Sussex

brown bulletRockwatch at Saddleworth Museum, Oldham -
Saturday 21 June

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South Wales Fossil Hunting Weekend - Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 June
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Fossil 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
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MANCHESTER GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
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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

‘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. We will be there with dioramas and fossil identification amongst other things. The tents on the beach are full of fascinating geological objects and lots of activities. 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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EXTRA FIELDTRIP ALERT!!!
Fieldtrip to Breedon and Ticknell Quarries
Sunday 11 May 11.00 – 4.00

Explore the Carboniferous of the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border with Susan Brown and Keith Ambrose of the British Geological Survey. You’ll be visit Breedon Quarry and Church, which is very interesting geologically, then, after a picnic lunch, on to the quarries at Ticknall. Age 7 and above. Limited to 30. £5.00 booking fee per family. Booking essential through the Rockwatch Office.

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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 Roadshow 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 trilobite racing! All welcome. Under 10s must be accompanied. No booking necessary. More information contact the museum: 01480 497314 or www.norrismuseum.org.uk

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Be a geo-detective around the Guildhall in Priory Park, Chichester
then fossil hunt on Bracklesham beach, West Sussex - Saturday 14 June 11.00 – 6.30
The day starts being a building stone detective, searching out unusual historic building stones in the remaining part of a medieval church and, later, at the parish church of Earnley near the coast at Bracklesham. Can you spot and name the many different building stones? Will you find the fossil shells and sharks’ teeth in the walls? In the afternoon, with the tide falling, we head onto the beach at Bracklesham to hunt for fossils shells and sharks’ teeth, 45 million years old. If you’d like to come along and join Susan Brown and David Bone book with the Rockwatch office, £5 per family.

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Giant Insects and other Amazing Fossils! Rockwatch at Saddleworth Museum
High St, Saddleworth, Uppermill, Oldham OL3 6HS
Saturday 21 June 11.00 – 3.30
Family fun day with Rockwatch and Museum Staff finding out about Saddleworth over 300 million years ago! Make your own Carboniferous dioramas and bring to life some of the huge dragonflies and insects of the period. And make your own fossils to take home. No booking necessary. Just come along. For more information contact the Museum on 01457 874093 www.saddleworthmuseum.co.uk

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South Wales Fossil Hunting Weekend – Exploring the Gower
Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 June
Join Susan Brown and Steve Howe to explore the geology of the Gower Peninsula, the first in Britain to be designated an area of outstanding natural beauty in 1958. In spite of its small size, it boasts a wide variety of terrain types, including long sandy beaches, dramatic cliff scenery, islands, extensive marshlands, numerous caves and even a few small hills The first day we’ll be looking at the Carboniferous Limestone and Pleistocene raised beaches and walk to Worms Head if the tides allow. Booking essential through the Rockwatch office. £5 registration fee per family.

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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 - 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 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

Fri 6 June: Big, bad and bizarre, the devil frog from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar by Susan Evans

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 10 May: Rock and Fossil Roadshow at the Treasure House, Beverley

Sun 11 May: walk in Hull city centre led by Mike Horne

Sat 17 May: "A Walk on the Woldside" led by Derek Gobbett

Sun 18 May: walk at Sewerby led by Ian Heppenstall

Sun 1 June: walk at Danes Dyke led by Ian Heppenstall

Sun 15 June: walk at South Landing led by Ian Heppenstall

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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MANCHESTER GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

Sun 1 June: Fred Broadhurst Memorial Field Trip to Tegg's Nose 10.00 – 1.00
Leader: Jane Michael A half-day trip is based round Walk No 15 in 'Rocky Rambles in the Peak District'.

Sat 14 June: Macclesfield Building Stones 10.00 – 1.00 Leader: Jane Michael This is a half day walk round Macclesfield based on the Cheshire East leaflet 'A Geological trail round Macclesfield'. The walk is approximately 3km (2 miles) with one shortish steep climb up a set of steps which can be avoided by a longer walk up a road.

Register for these with Jane Michael on 07917 434598 or 58rockchick@gmail.com

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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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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. For more details: Yorkshire Geological Society website www.yorksgeolsoc.org.uk or contact Paul Hildreth on 01652 655784 or panda_hildreth@hotmail.com

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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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