Learning & Discovery

Useful Resources

In this section, you will find links to resources for children including those published by the Severn Valley Railway, as well as other internet sites. You will also find links to Local organisations as well as national & international links for organisations involved in geology, geoconservation and education.
Please send links for any other organisations not already listed here to EHT with website name & address and 2 or 3 sentences about the site.


Please note: Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

  • Severn Valley Railway Information Pages

    As part of its education programme, the Severn Valley Railway has, in conjunction with the Trust, produced several information pages for schools. Download the pages below. Note: all links open in a separate window, and you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the documents.

  • Rocks and Soils Information Page

    Suitability – Key Stage 2
    Organised in conjunction with Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust In Search of Fools Gold – Rocks & Soils uses images familiar
    to the children to bring our geological past to life.

    Download Pdf

  • Rocks and Dinosaurs Information Page

    Suitability – Key Stage 2
    Organised in conjunction with Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust In Search of Fools Gold – Rocks & Dinosaurs uses images familiar to the children to bring our geological past to life.

    Download Pdf

  • Severn Valley Geology Trail

    Suitability – Key Stages 3 & 4
    Arranged in conjunction with Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, the Severn Valley Geology Trail uses the Severn Valley Railway as a means of exploring the wealth of geological features that this area has to offer. An expert guide accompanies your group throughout the day.

    Download Pdf

The Tomlinson-Brown Trust

The TBT was set up specifically to promote and encourage the appreciation, education and public awareness of Earth Sciences. The TBT is a charity which relies on donations from career geologists and others wishing to support the teaching of Earth Sciences. The TBT welcomes applications for funding from schools across the age range and other bodies needing financial support for Earth Science initiatives.

For more information about the TBT please go to the Tomlinson Brown Trust section of the Earth Science Teachers’ Association (ESTA) website.

Whitman’s Hill Geodiversity Discovery Venture

The Whitman’s Hill Geodiversity Venture’s website is now up and running. Go to http://whitmanshill.earthheritagetrust.org to learn about the project and the geology and landscape of the area. Important information about how to arrange visits to the quarry can also be found on the new website.

Local educational organisations and resources

Bishopswood Environmental Education Centre

A nationally and internationally recognised centre involved in environmental and sustainability education with schools. The centre also runs a variety of training courses. See website for details.

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Bodenham Arboretum

Set in 156 acres of countryside on the outskirts of Kidderminster, Bodenham Arboretum is home to more than 2700 trees. There are also 11 pools and 4 miles or trails and a visitor’s centre.

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Bewdley Museum

Located in the picturesque river side Georgian town of Bewdley, the museum illustrates the growth and trades of the town as well as the crafts of the surrounding Wyre Forest area through fascinating indoor and outdoor displays.

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Geology of the Forest of Dean

Extract from the book The mines of the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas by Tony Oldham.

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Geostudies

Delivering field and classroom courses for adult students since 1996, Geostudies is run by Dave Green – local geologist who has been teaching beginners and undergraduates since the 1970s!

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Lapworth Museum of Geology

The Lapworth Museum of Geology holds the finest and most extensive collections of fossils, minerals and rocks in the Midlands. Dating back to 1880, it is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK.

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Ludlow Museum

Contains the John Norton Gallery and a presentation of the internationally famous geology of the Ludlow area. Also houses displays on human occupation in the area.

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Malvern Outdoor Education Centre

An outdoor activities centre owned and operated by Worcestershire County Council. Provides outdoor and indoor classroom activities for school children in the beautiful setting of the north Malvern Hills.

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Severn Valley Country Park

Located between the of Highly and Alveley in the Shropshire countryside, this park covers 180 acres of woodland, meadows and wetland. Large areas of the park were reclaimed following cessation of coal mining operations in the area in 1969.

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The University of the Third Age

A “a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.”

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Worcester City Museums

Information about the museums in the city of Worcester including the The Commandery and The City Art Gallery & Museum.

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Worcestershire County Museum

Housed in the 14th Centrury Hartlebury castle, the museum contains displays on collections ranging from children’s toys, archaeology and costume to craft work by the Bromsgrove Guild.

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Wyre Forest Discovery Centre

Located at the Wyre Forest Visitors Centre, in Callow Hill, just outside of Bewdley, the centre provides facilities and programmes designed to educate children about the forest and related subjects such as wildlife and arts and craft.

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Teme Valley Geological Society

The Teme Valley Geological Society is based in Martley, Worcestershire, in the valley of the River Teme. The Teme is the longest tributary of Great Britain’s longest river, the Severn. It rises on the Kerry Hills, Powys, Wales and flows, often tumultuously for over 80 miles through wild and lonely countryside to its confluence with the Severn, a mile or so south and downstream of Worcester.

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The Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club was founded in 1851 to further the study of the natural, historical and social environment of Herefordshire, which lies on the border between England and Wales. The library holds books on a wide range of subjects relating to the Club’s interest in the natural sciences, archaeology and local history.

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Links to educational websites

Voyages in Deeptime

Information and resources for the Voyager and GeoExplore apps produced by EHT in the Voyages in Deeptime project

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British Geological Survey – Open Geoscience

recently launched on the BGS website, this resource allows open access to certain geological mapping data and a number of other archives. Well worth a look!

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British Geological Survey – Crowdmap

Enhancing our knowledge of the geology of the UK through the BGS community web site, allowing the geoscience community to record geohazards and geoexposures, making the information available to all.

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BBC Science and Nature: Age of the dinosaurs

part of the BBC’s prehistoric Life website focusing on all things Dinosaur.

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BBC Education: GCSE Bitsize Guide to Rocks

GCSE revision site for rocks.

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Geological and Geomorphological Animations

A fantastic website with a large variety of animations showing geological and geomorphological features from plate tectonics to longshore drift. Well worth a visit!

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Charmouth Fossils

Describes the discovery (in early 2000) and preparation of a large ichthyosaur fossil at Charmouth.

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CTI Geography, Geology and Meteorology Homepage

The site’s focus is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of geography in higher education through the use of appropriate learning technologies and associated resources.

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Dinosaurs and the Expanding Earth

Why were Dinosaurs so big? Here is one possible explanation.

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The Disaster Area

Colourful, fun site for young students about all sorts of natural disasters including volcanoes, earthquakes and floods. Hosted by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Our Dynamic Earth

An exhibition in the centre of Edinburg with various displays about the Earth.

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Education for Sustainability

designed by a partnership of teachers, industrialists and environmental organisations, this site provides resources for teachers, students, parents and anyone else interested in understanding the environment and using resources in a sustainable manner.

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Geography Discipline Network

Pedagogic resources for Geography, Earth and Environmental Science in Higher Education.

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Global Volcanism Program

Based at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. Aimed at those with a scientific background.

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GPS

An introduction to the Global Positioning System.

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Mineral Gallery

Online mineral gallery where you can purchase specimens.

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Natural History Museum, London

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Palaeobase

PalaeoBase databases are intended to provide an authoritative reference and teaching resource for common and stratigraphically important invertebrate macrofossils.

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SedLog

SedLog is a free multi-platform software for creating graphic sediment logs. Is designed by geologists for geologists. It provides an intuitive graphical user interface, making it very easy for anyone to use with minimum effort.

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The PALEOMAP Project

The site illustrates with animations and colourful maps the movement of the continents and changing climate during the past 650 million years.

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West’s Geology Directory

A large directory of internet links on geology and earth science topics, produced by Ian West at Southampton University

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Trilobites

A website devoted to all things trilobite!

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Local conservation/countryside organisations

Centre For Rural Research

Based within the School of Environmental Science and Land Management at University of Worcester, the Centre for Rural Research undertakes academic and applied research into aspects of agricultural, cultural, economic, environmental, political and social change in the countryside.

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Natural England – Herefordshire and Worcestershire Team

The local office for Herefordshire and Worcestershire is now part of the West Midlands region. Contact details can be found here. Information about the local ‘Natural Areas’ can be found on the H&W Team pages. In the two counties, the natural areas include the Black Mountains & Golden Valley, Central Herefordshire, the Malvern Hills and Teme Valley and the Severn and Avon Vales.

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Herefordshire Biodiversity Action Plan

Website of the Herefordshire BAP providing information about the purpose of the action plan and ways to get involved with preserving the diverse wildlife and habitats of Herefordshire.

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Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

Organisation responsible for “working with individuals, community groups and partner organisations to protect Herefordshire’s wildlife”.

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Malvern Hills AONB

Website for the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The AONB is well know for the dramatic landscape of the Malvern Hills and surrounding areas, as well as the local spring water. The AONB also contains a diverse cultural heritage and is rich in wildlife.

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Malvern Hills Trust

The body responsible for managing approximately 3,000 acres of the Malvern Hills, 2,500 of which is directly owned by the group. Formed by an act of parliament in 1884.

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Malvern Spa Association

Organisation responsible for promoting and preserving the many natural springs in the Malvern Hills area.

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Worcestershire Biodiversity Action Plan

Official site for the Worcestershire Biodiversity Action Plan, hosted by the County Council.

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Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Organisation responsible for preserving the diverse wildlife and habitats in Worcestershire, and for educating the public on conservation issues.

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Wye Valley AONB

The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty encompasses approximately 70 km of the River Wye from Hereford in the north to Chepstow Castle. The AONB straddles the border between England and Wales and includes parts of the counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Monmouthshire. The limestone gorge of the River Wye is the most spectacular part of the protected landscape.

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Local Government

Bromsgrove District Council

Source of information about local services within the Bromsgrove District of Worcestershire County. District includes the town of Bromsgrove.

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Herefordshire Council

Source of information for countywide services in Herefordshire.

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Redditch Borough Council

Information about the local council services within the borough of the town of Redditch.

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Malvern Hills District Council

Source of information on local services in the Malvern Hills District of Worcestershire County. District includes the towns of Tenbury Wells, Malvern, and Upton-on-Severn.

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Worcester City Council

Information about the services provided for residents of the city of Worcester.

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Worcestershire County Council

Providing services to the residents of the county of Worcestershire.

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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service

County Council service responsible for recording and promoting the archives and archaeology of the county of Worcestershire. They are located in the Hive – the new library and history centre in Worcester.

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Wychavon District Council

Source of information about local services within the Wychavon District of Worcestershire County. Includes the towns of Droitwich, Pershore and Evesham.

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Wyre Forest District Council

Source of information about local services within the Wyre Forest District of Worcestershire County. District includes the towns of Kidderminster, Stourport and Bewdley.

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Other local information resources

Beckford Gravel Pit

A geological SSSI and Nature Reserve, which is owned and managed by the local community.

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Bewdley Development Trust

Promoting the town of Bewdley and the surrounding area, including information on local events, news, business, places to go and places to stay.

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Bredon Parish Community

Information about the local services and life in the parish of Bredon, Worcestershire.

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Clearwell Caves

The Royal Forest of Dean’s Mining Museum.

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Forest Web

The Royal Forest of Dean official website.

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Historic Herefordshire On Line

Online database of all historic monuments and sites in the county of Herefordshire.

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Herefordshire.com

Directory containing information and links to everything Herefordshire.

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Ledbury Online

Promoting the town, its location, its shops and its businesses.

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Leominster

Information about the town located in north central Herefordshire.

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Malvern

This site provides a general introduction to the Malvern Hills area of Worcestershire, including a brief description of the geology and springs of the Hills, as well as other information such as accommodation, theatre, local books etc.

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The Map Shop, Upton-on-Severn

Local supplier of Ordnance Survey products and services, and UK agent for the official survey authorities for most of Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA and many more.

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Ross Online

Covers aspects of culture, entertainment, business, tourism and social communities in the Ross-on-Wye area.

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Rossonwye.com

A guide to Ross on Wye, the Wye valley and rural Herefordshire.

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Siluria Revisited – a field guide 2011

Field guide drawn up by the International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy following their July 2011 field meeting to classic localities in the Welsh Basin and Midland Platform.

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Symonds Yat Rapids Preservation Group

Group responsible for managing the Symonds Yat Rapids in the Wye Gorge, a popular place for canoeists of all levels.

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Teme Valley

Information about the towns and villages, and the countryside in the Teme valley area.

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The Three Counties Agricultural Society

Based at the Malvern Showground, this not-for-profit organisation is responsible for promoting agriculture, horticulture and food production in the counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

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This is Herefordshire

A general information source for the county based on the Hereford Times newspaper.

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This is Worcestershire

A general information source for the county containing news from all of the locally published newspapers.

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Visit Herefordshire

Official tourism site for Herefordshire and the Wye Valley.

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Visit Worcester

Official tourism site for the City of Worcester.

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Visit Worcestershire

Official tourism site for the county of Worcestershire.

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Wigmore Castle

Historical information about the castle.

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