Date(s) - Saturday, 16 July 2022 - Sunday, 17 July 2022
16 – 17 July 2022
This year we will be exploring the geology of South-East Wales in glorious detail. There will be superb and amazing geology to delight all ages and levels of geo-knowledge.
This year our weekend fieldtrip to South Wales will be based around Cardiff.
On Saturday we will spend the day on the beach at Penarth looking at the Upper Triassic and Lower Jurassic rocks that outcrop along this stretch of coast. The Lower Jurassic rocks are highly fossiliferous and yield ammonites, bivalves and crinoids while the Upper Triassic rocks contain the odd bone bed that contain lots of fish teeth and scales, plus the odd bone of larger marine reptiles. Minerals and fossil ripples are also common and the rocks vary in colour allowing the different units to be identified easily. This is also the site of the latest possible dinosaur footprint find that many of you may have seen reported on the television or read about.
At the moment the exact location for the Sunday trip is not confirmed. We are hopeful that we may be able to visit the Usk area, just east of Cardiff, to look at fossiliferous Silurian rocks that are exposed in the Usk inlier. These sites are on private land and have been closed to visits for the last two years due to the Covid pandemic. However, we are hoping that by July we will be able to regain access. If not then we will probably visit another coastal site just to the west of Cardiff. But if we can’t go there you can be sure that we will find another great place to explore!
All ages are welcome with accompanying parents taking responsibility for children. Families book their own overnight accommodations for this trip – some stay in a hotel, other B&B or camp – you choose!