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November / December 2018 news and update

1. Voyages in deepTime Project

After a very busy last month the Voyages in Deep Time project has almost finished.  We are just finalising the last little bits and bringing together all the comments feedback we have had throughout the project.

Once it is finished we will have produced the deepTime Voyager app, with 8 voyages.  These will be Martley, Lickey Ridge, Lickey Hills, Wye Valley, Cat’s Back, Malvern, Bredon Hill and Wren’s Nest along with a “Getting Started Guide” explaining how to use the app.  The production of these voyages wouldn’t have been possible without the time, energy and expertise of lots of wonderful volunteers, who wrote and tested the various routes and final voyages.

The deepTime GeoExplore app is almost finished, after some last minute changes following feedback.  This will have 4 exercises at Martley, Lickey Hills, Olchon Valley and Wye Valley and the field recording tools will work anywhere in the world.

Over the last 8 months the Deep Time project trained 24 volunteers to use the deepTime Voyager app at 9 training sessions held at each of the Voyage locations.  We worked with 305 pupils from 2 schools and a Herefordshire home educators group as well as 325 young people attending Malvern Festival of Innovation and Science Night at the Hive.  We attended 3 special interest conferences and demonstrated the apps to 230 delegates.  We lead 7 guided walks and attended 8 public events.

In total we worked with nearly 1500 young people and 600 adults at 18 events and we haven’t finished yet.  We are still meeting people and have another school interested in running a trip next year as well as running an event with RockWatch and the Lickey Hills Champions.

All this work wouldn’t have been possible without lots of help.  It was made possible with the help of volunteers.  People gave their time and skills to do all sorts of different things including:

  • Learning how to use touchscreens and apps for the first time
  • Tested an app on Cat’s Back in some very strong wind
  • Spent a day walking around Martley with many school pupils when it was over 30˚C
  • Stood talking to lots of people at all the events we did
  • Wrote Voyages for Bredon Hill, Malvern and Wren’s Nest
  • Wrote GeoExplore exercises for Olchon Valley, Martley and Lickey Hills
  • Acted as back markers on walks
  • Answered questions when working with schools
  • Patiently proof read the app, the “Getting Started Guide” and all the articles we produced
  • Designed an interpretation board for the Lickey Hills
  • Promoted the app to lots of people, at events and to friends, often prompting them to get in touch and get involved with the project

On behalf of all of the Deep Time project staff, I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for all of your help, time and support. However you were involved, it really does make a huge difference to what we can achieve, how many people we can work with and to the end product, helping us to produce something we are really proud of.

I hope to work with everyone again on other EHT projects in the future.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy 2019.

Beth Andrews.

2. Public Lecture on Tsunamis: A little knowledge is dangerous – Thursday 6th December

Professor James Goff, Honorary Professor of Tsunami Research, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia [and Worcester Geography graduate!!]

The modern era of tsunami research started in the late 1980s. Significant progress has been made since then, to the extent that many researchers now believe their work is done. Sadly, such a sentiment is far from the truth. One of the most significant misconceptions is that we can now model tsunamis and so predict how bad waves will be once they reach land. This is really where the problems start – the theory and the reality rarely converge. Events that are bigger than expected continue to happen, such as Japan in 2011 and Indonesia in 2004 and 2018.

This talk looks at some of the realities of what causes tsunamis and why we do not know as much as we think we do. It also argues that if only we opened our eyes a little bit, we would realise that much of what we do not know is in fact staring us in the face – and has been for years. Examples are mainly drawn from the Southern Hemisphere. By the end of the talk, you may be glad that you do not live around the Pacific Ocean!

Lecture: date and venue:

Thursday 6 December 2018

6.15 – 7.15 pm

EE G087 (Urwin Lecture Theatre)

University of Worcester,

St John’s Campus,

Henwick Grove

Worcester

WR2 6AJ

 

3. Earth Learning Ideas

John Nicklin of TVGS has spotted a fascinating website, packed with ideas for demonstrating a wide range of geology ideas and concepts. Among the authors is Chris King, who has been a leading figure in geological education for many years, so we can be sure that the content is authoritative and reliable.

Some ideas are messier than others. For example, one of them involves breaking bunches of spaghetti to illustrate the relation between actual energy release by an earthquake to its position on the Richter scale. Another involves blowing into cups of various liquids (including golden syrup?) to simulate the difference between explosive and free-flowing volcanic eruptions!

A number of them aim to help understanding the enormous scale in time and space that geology covers. A simple one involves marking the zones of the interior of the earth from crust to centre on a toilet roll: if the first sheet represents the crust, how much toilet roll do you need to unravel to get to the centre?

Some are very quick and easy to set up and do, while others would take more time and effort.

Here is the link to the index of learning ideas: https://www.earthlearningidea.com/English/contents_alphabet.html

Definitely worth a look – thanks John!

 

4. The Sad Story of Madeley Heath Pits

Quaternary deposits are sometimes thought of as boring: ‘not proper rock’, but in fact they can tell us much about what was happening in our area during recent glacials and interglacials, and about how our landscape has evolved, especially when structures such as ancient river channels can be inspected. A case in point is Madeley Heath Pits, located in the Clent Hills in N Worcestershire which was designated as an SSSI in 1991 for its geology. At this site, a deep channel had been cut in the Triassic bedrock and later filled with gravel, lacustrine silts and glacial till. This was an important site, because although a number of such channels have been detected under the surface in and around Birmingham, this is thought to be the only one to have been exposed at the surface. As the SSSI designation states: “it is clear that it is of considerable significance for the reconstruction of Pleistocene paleogeography in the Midlands.”

But sadly, Quaternary geology is also very vulnerable; it is easily destroyed and much in demand for supplies of sand and gravel. Madeley Heath Pits was no exception, and before the EHT had been established and started to monitor sites of geological interest, the site was almost completely destroyed by gravel extraction and subsequent back-fill, without geologists having the opportunity to investigate and document the site in detail, or take samples.

The site has recently come to our attention because another company is now seeking permission for further extraction at an adjacent site. Permission was initially refused until a geological assessment had shown that further damage would be avoided and conditions placed on the contractor to expose what remains of the geological feature and maintain it for future study. This sounds superficially attractive, however the well-respected Quaternary geologist who conducted the assessment advised that such an exposure would be of limited value and impractical to maintain, since Quaternary deposits are almost impossible to preserve.

We are now working with Natural England, recommending that the fragile remains of the Quaternary site be left undisturbed, avoiding the damage that an exposure of marginal value would create. This leaves open the opportunity for future research should funding become available. Instead, we have requested access to the site during its extraction phase, so that we can discover more about the Triassic Mercia Mudstone as it becomes exposed.

Of course there is no guarantee that our request will be granted, but this story does underline the importance of monitoring what happens to our sites of interest and intervening when they are threatened by development. We may not be able to prevent development, but like the archaeologists, we can always press for opportunities to investigate and document the site during the development process and for support in publicising the geology of interest that is found there.

 

5. A new lease of life for Callow Hill Champions Site

In September, Alan Richardson gave news of on-going developments and discoveries at the Lickey Hills Champions sites.  The Lickey Hills Geo-Champions are an example of a Champions group which has been continuously busy and successful since the Group formed in 2011, but some sites have not fared so well. One of these is Callow Hill quarry in the Wyre Forest, where the original Champions were unable to keep going for various reasons.  The quarry had become neglected, but earlier this year thanks to the initiative of Peter Oliver, a new Champion was found to pick up the threads and take things forward at this wonderful site.

The new Champion is Tony Spall, and he has embraced his new role with great energy and enthusiasm.

Following an initial meeting at the quarry in April, Tony has made great progress.  In his own words:

“We have had two vegetation clearance events at Callow Hill, the first with those connected to geological groups and Forestry Commission staff on 19 May, and the second event on 3 October with Environment Agency and Forestry Commission Staff. John Payne kindly organized the work force from the Environment Agency, These 2 events have made quite a difference to the visual appearance of the Quarry site.

Moving forward, I would like to open up and level the quarry floor whilst improving access to the Quarry face but to do this would require machinery. My plan is to encourage management at the Forestry Commission to provide the necessary resources to carry out this work. I am planning also to research the history of the quarry and the use of the stone for building in the area”.

This is really encouraging news, and on behalf of the Champions and the EHT I would like to thank Tony for his efforts. You can read more about the quarry, view the panel and Champions leaflet, and see some photos on the Callow Hill Champions page here:

http://ehtchampions.org.uk/ch/worcestershire-sites/callow-hill-quarry/

Better still, go and have a look!  The site is very easy to find, not far from the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre.

Julie Schroder November 2018


6. Worcester Community Action – First Aid Course

Sally has been able to arrange another Emergency First Aid Course for Thursday 6th December at Warndon Community Centre, Shap Drive, Worcester. WR4 9NX from 9.30am – 4.30pm. Places are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, as usual.

For a booking form or for further information etc. please email: worcestercommunityaction@gmail.com

If anyone has any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

All the best.

Sally Ellison, Worcester Community Action.

 

7. WGCG Winter Lecture Programme: 2018/2019

Meetings are held on Wednesdays (usually 3rd of the month) and start at 7.30 p.m. in St Francis Church Hall, 110 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL unless otherwise stated. Tea / coffee and biscuits are available beforehand from 7.00 p.m.  Please check the WGCG website for any late, unforeseeable changes at http://www.wgcg.co.uk/talks/

2018:

  • 12th December: Christmas Social.

2019:

  • 16th January: ‘The Wren’s Nest’ – Graham Worton (Curator at Dudley Archive) (geology of this celebrated nature reserve in Dudley, and the application for Unesco Geopark status).
  • 20th February:  “Swimming Plesiosaurs and Flying Dinosaurs; Palaeontology at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham”- Dr. Adam Smith (including references to Chinese dinosaur discoveries).
  • 20th March: “Analysing the Skeleton of a King” – Prof. Jane Evans (BGS) (isotope studies on the remains of Richard III, and the light this throws on the diet and lifestyle of a medieval monarch).
  • 17th April: (provisionally) ‘The Geology of Norway’ – Chris Darmon (editor ‘Down to Earth’ magazine & proprietor of ‘Geosupplies’).

 

8. Teme Valley Geological Society (TVGS) Talks

Please find details of forthcoming TVGS evening talks held in Martley Memorial Hall (MMH). Talks commence at 7.30pm, fees are £3 for non-members and £1 for members.

  • Monday 21st January 2019

Prof. Ian Fairchild – The Ice Age in Worcestershire and prospective TVGS research on the origin of the Teme Valley.

  • Monday 11th February 2019

Nick Daffern – Palaeolithic Worcester.

For further information of the TVGS please visit www.geo-village.eu

 

9. Malvern U3A Geology Group

The Malvern U3A Geology Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Cube, Malvern, from 10.00 – 12.00 am. The entrance price: £2.00

12th December 2018

Permafrost- Dr. Richard Waller (Keele University)

9th January 2019

Plate Tectonic Mechanics and Processes – Dr Marco Maffione (Birmingham University)

13th February 2019

Rocks from Space – Dr Paul Olver

13th March 2019

What’s Underneath a Volcano? - Prof Kathy Cashman (Bristol University)

10th April 2019

Geology, Origin and Celebrity of Shap Granite - Dr Nigel Woodcock (Cambridge University)

 

10. Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Club Geology Section talks are held from 5.30 pm in the Councillors’ Meeting Room – Committee Room 1 at the Shire Hall, Hereford. Non-members welcome at a cost of £2.

For further information of the Woolhope Club please visit www.woolhopeclub.org.uk

 

11. Tiddesley Wood Open Day

The 2019 Tiddesley Wood Open Day will take place on Sunday 7th May next year. The EHT regularly have a stand at this event with children’s activities, rock specimens, selling merchandise and trail guides. If you would like to come and visit us and / or volunteer to help out on the day please let Allison know in the office. Many thanks.

 

12. Friends Gift Aid Forms

As a Friend of the EHT, if you have not already done so, please remember to return your gift aid form to the EHT Office at the address below. Your help is much appreciated.

 

13. Volunteering for the Earth Heritage Trust

If you have some spare time and would like to get involved with the EHT at future events for a couple of hours or half a day or so, please do let us know and we can add you to our list of volunteers to contact in the future.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Allison at the EHT office. Tel: 01905 855184 or email: eht@worc.ac.uk Many thanks.

From all at the EHT we would take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year

If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to eht@worc.ac.uk by 4th January 2019.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, Geological Records Centre,

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.

Tel: 01905 855184, Email: eht@worc.ac.uk

 

 

October 2018 news and update

1. Affiliated Groups.

Our offer of free affiliation has been accepted enthusiastically by several local groups including the Teme Valley Geological Society, the Black Country Geological Society and the U3A geology groups at Leominster, Bromsgrove and Monmouth, and several others are expected to follow shortly.  Specific activities with most of these groups are planned for the coming months. Check to see what your local group is doing.

 

2. Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds

Beth Andrews has just been appointed as our part-time project officer on this project over the coming year.  In the meantime Beth is finishing her activities on the Voyages in Deep Time project.  In coming months, we will be looking for volunteers to work on ecological and geological surveying of ponds and to assist with sediment coring, led by University of Birmingham and Herefordshire Archaeology.

 

3. Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The MHAONB is currently updating its management plan for 2019-2024 and you can view the draft plan and provide feedback at:

http://www.malvernhillsaonb.org.uk/managing-the-aonb/management-plan-review-2018/

Members of the Earth Heritage Trust, particularly John Payne, Dick Bryant and Moira Jenkins have provided input to the geological section of this plan and also the Trust has coordinated further feedback on the draft plan.  Over the last several years John has led volunteers clearing sites under a contract from the MHAONB to fulfil the objectives of their current plan and site clearance is envisaged in the new plan too.

 

4. Voyages in Deep Time Project

The deepTime project has been very busy this October publicising the project and apps at lots of events.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the events a success, I couldn’t have managed without you.  It’s not too late to help, there is lots of material to proof read, so if anyone has some spare time, please do let me know.

For the last month of the project we are focussing on making sure that everything we have produced works, and telling as many people about the project and apps as possible.  If you haven’t already had a demonstration and would like to try them, please do let me know.  I will do my best to arrange a demonstration.  If you fancy playing with the app in the comfort of your own home then we now have a “Getting Started Guide” that should help you get the most out of the app.  If you would like a copy then please do let me know.

Our deepTime GeoExplore app is almost finished and should be available to download in the next few weeks.  This is aimed at 6th form students as a mapping exercise and useful toolkit.  If you are interested in learning more about the app or trying it out, let me know and I can make sure you are informed when it comes out.

Please do get in touch with me on e.andrews@worc.ac.uk to get copies of the Getting Started Guide or ask questions, I will do my best to answer them.

Beth

 

5. Could you be a Geopark Way Warden?

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust is responsible for the Geopark Way; a geology and heritage trail now in its 10th year which starts in Bridgnorth, Shropshire and ends 109 miles away in Gloucester, travelling through Worcestershire and Herefordshire and skirting the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark.

There are 17 easy to walk sections of the Geopark Way which each need a warden to look after them. We are currently in need of people to look after the 4 Sections at the Gloucestershire end of the trail. Could this be you?

In a nutshell, what we need is people to walk each of the sections twice a year, to keep an eye on the state of the pathway, replace any missing signage, maybe snip a bit of overhanging foliage and to report back to the Geopark Way Project Officer.

The sections vary in length, landscape and geology so there’s a wide choice and anything you feel you could to do to help would be very much appreciated.

You will be supplied with the Geopark Way Guide pages for the section/s you are interested in walking along with A4 maps with more detail than those in the guide. You also get some Geopark Way pointers, description tags and nails, to replace any missing or old ones you may come across.

So, if you feel you could monitor a section or two of the Geopark Way for us on a fairly regular basis; at least twice a year, maybe with a friend if you prefer or if you know someone who might like to help us, please get in touch with Sue Knox, Geopark Way Project Officer at: s.knox@worc.ac.uk or through the H&WEHT office on 01905 855184.


6. Worcester Community Action (WCA) Training

Hi everyone, I’m delighted to say that I have recently secured some funding to run training courses again!! To start with I have organised the following:

a) Emergency First Aid

Thursday 8th November 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm at Warndon Community Centre, Shap Drive, Worcester. 12 places are available on a ‘First come, First Served’ basis. Certificates provided.

b) Basic Food Hygiene

Thursday 15th November 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm at The Green Centre, Gresham Road, Dines Green Worcester. There are 15 places available, again on a ‘First come First served’ basis. There is Accreditation for this course, if required, which will cost £15.

As before, light refreshments (tea / coffee / squash & biscuits) will be available but attendees will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.

I will be looking to arrange more courses from this funding – if anyone has any ideas of courses they think would be useful, please let me know. So, please don’t hesitate to contact me with ideas, problems, and concerns!!

For a booking form or for further information etc. please email: worcestercommunityaction@gmail.com

Thank you, Sally Ellison.

 

 

7. WGCG Winter Lecture Programme: 2018/2019

Meetings are held on Wednesdays (usually 3rd of the month) and start at 7.30 p.m. in St Francis Church Hall, 110 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL unless otherwise stated. Tea / coffee and biscuits are available beforehand from 7.00 p.m.  Please check the WGCG website for any late, unforeseeable changes at http://www.wgcg.co.uk/talks/

2018:

  • 21st November – “The Secret life of your Mobile Phone” – Dr. Andrew Bloodworth (BGS) (held over from last winter…….the geological makeup of a typical I-phone).
  • 12th December Christmas Social.

2019:

  • 16th January: ‘The Wren’s Nest’ – Graham Worton (Curator at Dudley Archive) (geology of this celebrated nature reserve in Dudley, and the application for Unesco Geopark status).
  • 20th February “Swimming Plesiosaurs and Flying Dinosaurs; Palaeontology at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham”- Dr. Adam Smith (including references to Chinese dinosaur discoveries).
  • 20th March “Analysing the Skeleton of a King” – Prof. Jane Evans (BGS) (isotope studies on the remains of Richard III, and the light this throws on the diet and lifestyle of a medieval monarch).
  • 17th April: (provisionally) ‘The Geology of Norway’ – Chris Darmon (editor ‘Down to Earth’ magazine & proprietor of ‘Geosupplies’).

 

8. Teme Valley Geological Society (TVGS) Talks

Please find details of forthcoming TVGS evening talks held in Martley Memorial Hall (MMH). Talks commence at 7.30pm, fees are £3 for non-members and £1 for members.

Monday 19th November 2018

Jim Marshall on Tanzania.

For further information of the TVGS please visit www.geo-village.eu

 

9. Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Club Geology Section talks are held from 5.30 pm in the Councillors’ Meeting Room – Committee Room 1 at the Shire Hall, Hereford. Non-members welcome at a cost of £2.

Friday 26th October 2018

Professor Fred Shotton with Professor Peter Worsley of Reading Geological Society.

Friday 23rd November 2018

Tale of Five Magmas: A Review of Planetary volcanism with Dr Paul Olver.

Friday 14th December 2018

Christmas members evening with rocks and fossils

For further information of the Woolhope Club please visit www.woolhopeclub.org.uk

 

10. Volunteering for the Earth Heritage Trust

If you have some spare time and would like to get involved with the EHT at future events for a couple of hours or half a day or so, please do let us know and we can add you to our list of volunteers to contact in the future.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Allison at the EHT office. Tel: 01905 855184 or email: eht@worc.ac.uk

Many thanks.

If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to Allison Tinsley by email to:  eht@worc.ac.uk or post to the address below by 20th November 2018.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, Geological Records Centre,

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.

Tel: 01905 855184, Email: eht@worc.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2018 news and update

1. Affiliated Groups.

Following a consultation earlier in the year, EHT is now offering the status of affiliated group to a number of local organisations with interest in geology and landscape.  Our aim is to work more effectively with these organisations to fulfil our objectives.  We are not charging a membership fee, but expect to see the benefit in improved interest in volunteering to work with us in furthering knowledge and understanding of the two counties’ remarkable geodiversity.  A specific offer with a list of possible lectures and field trips that can be given by EHT folk in 2018-19 has been sent to our contact in each organisation.

2. Our best geological sites

We are currently preparing a grant application to include a revamp of our website and to feature our best locations for showcasing the geological history of the two counties.  We are looking to include up to 30 sites which between them cover the span of events and which are accessible through public rights of way, or are open access.  This could include sites that would reveal much more with some clearance of vegetation or debris. If you have suggestions, particularly for sites in less well-visited areas, please let Kate Andrew know at geologicalkandrew@gmail.com before the end of September.

3. Herefordshire Ice-Age Ponds Project.

The project was announced with some details in last month’s newsletter. The Heritage Lottery Fund has now given permission for the project to start and the Earth Heritage Trust is currently seeking (advertisement on the University of Worcester website) a part-time Project Officer to deliver the geological aspects of the project working in parallel with an ecologist based at Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.  An important part of this role will be assisting volunteers to make contributions, e.g. in monitoring and surveying pond sites.

4. Map Library and EHT archives.

Since our last newsletter, volunteers have made considerable progress in rationalising our paper documents held in the library.  Books that are not core to our work are going to be offered for sale in batches at the TVGS and Malvern U3A meetings by Hilary Harland over the next couple of years.  Various useful documents and archives surfaced during the work – “If only we had seen that during the Building Stones Project” was said more than once!  Work has also started on reorganising and safeguarding our electronic archives and developing an electronic archive of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire geological literature.

One benefit of this work is that we can now envisage using the library for workshops.  After Christmas we will be running such a day-course on the use of EHT archives for researching local geology. These include our reference set of 1:10000 geological maps, the geological literature on the two counties painstakingly catalogued by John Payne, and the use of various on-line archives including specialized ones available within the EHT environment.

5. Voyages in Deep Time Project.

We are in the last few months of the Voyages in deepTime project and are busy publicising it and bringing everything together.

Our new deepTime assistant Cat, has been developing a “Getting Started guide” to using the app and we are looking for volunteers who haven’t previously used the app and are not very familiar with touch screens or apps, to test it and let us know if it works.

Dates for your diary:

  • Tuesday 9th October. We are having a stand at the Malvern Festival of Innovation School Outreach event at the 3 Counties Showground. This is a chance to talk to students and teachers about the app and how they can use it.  If anyone is available to come and help demonstrate then please do get in touch.
  • Sunday 14th October. As part of the GA Earth Science Week we are working with the Lickey Hills Champions to run an event for the Lickey Explorer Group and we will be visiting Warren Lane quarry and getting everyone involved in some hands-on geology.
  • Wednesday 17th October. We are working with Aston Fields Y7 pupils to use the Lickey Ridge Explorer app.  This will involve 150 pupils over the day (in groups of 25) and we would be hugely grateful if anyone is free to come along and provide support/ shepherding/ enthusiasm.  This is the first Y7 geography field trip the school have offered, and I would love it to be a fun day out and a good introduction to geology.
  • Saturday 20th October. We are having a stand and giving a little talk about the Voyages in deepTime project at the GA, Geology of Mordor conference at Birmingham University.
  • Saturday 3rd November. We would like to have a stand at the GA conference in London but neither Beth nor Julie is free.  Would anyone like to have a stand for us?  It is a busy event so it would need 2 people.  If you are interested then please let us know by the end of September and we can book a stall.

If you are able to help at any of these events or test out our new guide then please get in touch with Beth on e.andrews@worc.ac.uk.  For the Aston Fields event you don’t need any experience using the app, just lots of enthusiasm for geology, to help the pupils have a fun day out.

6. Lickey Geo-Champions

Ongoing geoconservation work in the quarries of the Lickey Hills continues to unearth evidence of the region’s enigmatic geological history.

At the south east end of Barnt Green Road Quarry, the large-scale recumbent fold in the Lickey Quarzite is cut by a normal fault.  Excavation of quarry spoil has revealed that the fault plane steps across quite dramatically, producing an unusual juxtaposition of bedding structures in the hanging wall and foot wall blocks.  Although Moseley sketched the fault, the step-over went unrecorded.   It is also clear that he did not recognise the fact that this quarry face exposes the point at which the fault cuts the hinge of the fold.  Unfortunately, this part of the quarry suffers frequent rock falls, and requires repeated removal of debris to keep these features visible.

Behind the site of the munitions store in the Warren Lane Quarry, the monotony of the Lickey Quartzite is interrupted by an apparently conformable layer of reddened sandstone.  It differs from the quartzite in two important ways: it contains well-rounded vein quartz pebbles, and its constituent grains lack the sutured boundaries seen in the quartzite.  Clearly it does not share the same burial history, and must be younger.  The same feature can be projected across the munitions store to a face where it can be seen tapering downwards and closing.  The overlying rock is Lickey Quartzite, of which angular fragments can be found within the pebbly sandstone.  The evidence all points towards this being a neptunian dyke.

At the Rubery Cutting, the unconformity between the Ordovician Lickey Quartzite and the Silurian Rubery Sandstone is exposed.  Recent work here (including the removal of a tree stump) allowed much improved access to a very obvious neptunian dyke which cuts both units.  Predictably, the material in the dyke includes angular fragments of the grey quartzite.  More significantly, it also contains fragments of the reddish Rubery Sandstone: this provides evidence of the latter having been lithified before the fissure opened.

It seems likely that the feature in the Warren Lane Quarry is comparable to the Rubery Cutting neptunian dyke.  It may be possible to attempt a lithological correlation using thin sections.

Alan Richardson 06.09.18

7. WGCG Winter Lecture Programme: 2018/2019

Meetings are held on Wednesdays (usually 3rd of the month) and start at 7.30 p.m. in St Francis Church Hall, 110 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL unless otherwise stated. Tea / coffee and biscuits are available beforehand from 7.00 p.m.  Please check the WGCG website for any late, unforeseeable changes at http://www.wgcg.co.uk/talks/

2018:

  • 17th October – AGM
  • 21st November – “The Secret life of your Mobile Phone” – Dr. Andrew Bloodworth (BGS) (held over from last winter…….the geological makeup of a typical I-phone).
  • 12th December Christmas Social.

2019:

  • 16th January: ‘The Wren’s Nest’ – Graham Worton (Curator at Dudley Archive) (geology of this celebrated nature reserve in Dudley, and the application for Unesco Geopark status).
  • 20th February “Swimming Plesiosaurs and Flying Dinosaurs; Palaeontology at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham”- Dr. Adam Smith (including references to Chinese dinosaur discoveries).
  • 20th March “Analysing the Skeleton of a King” – Prof. Jane Evans (BGS) (isotope studies on the remains of Richard III, and the light this throws on the diet and lifestyle of a medieval monarch).
  • 17th April: (provisionally) ‘The Geology of Norway’ – Chris Darmon (editor ‘Down to Earth’ magazine & proprietor of ‘Geosupplies’).

 

8. Could you be a Geopark Way Warden?

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust is responsible for the Geopark Way; a geology and heritage trail now in its 10th year which starts in Bridgnorth, Shropshire and ends 109 miles away in Gloucester, travelling through Worcestershire and Herefordshire and skirting the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark.

There are 17 easy to walk sections of the Geopark Way which each need a warden to look after them. We are currently in need of people to look after the 4 Sections at the Gloucestershire end of the trail. Could this be you?

In a nutshell, we need is people to walk each of the sections twice a year, to keep an eye on the state of the pathway, replace any missing signage, maybe snip a bit of overhanging foliage and to report back to the Geopark Way Project Officer.

The sections vary in length, landscape and geology so there’s a wide choice and anything you feel you could to do to help would be very much appreciated.

You will be supplied with the Geopark Way Guide pages for the section/s you are interested in walking along with A4 maps with more detail than those in the guide. You also get some Geopark Way pointers, description tags and nails, to replace any missing or old ones you may come across.

So, if you feel you could monitor a section or two of the Geopark Way for us on a fairly regular basis; at least twice a year, maybe with a friend if you prefer or if you know someone who might like to help us, please get in touch with Sue Knox, Geopark Way Project Officer at:

s.knox@worc.ac.uk or through the H&WEHT office on 01905 855184.

9. Volunteering for the Earth Heritage Trust

If you have some spare time and would like to get involved with the EHT at future events for a couple of hours or half a day or so, please do let us know and we can add you to our list of volunteers to contact in the future.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Allison at the EHT office. Tel: 01905 855184 or email: eht@worc.ac.uk

Many thanks.

10. Lapworth Museum and GA Annual Conference 19-21 October 2018

The Geologists’ Association Annual Conference 2018 is being held from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October 2018 at the University of Birmingham.

‘The Geology of Mordor’ – Exploring the incredible geology and mineral wealth of the Black Country that powered the ‘workshop of the world’ and inspired iconic art and literature.

Provisional Programme:

Friday 19th October

Pre Conference – Arrivals
Tours of the recently redeveloped Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham & an Evening informal get together with the conference team, at a convenient Birmingham Pub

Saturday 20th October:

In the Noble Room, Staff House, University of Birmingham
Lectures & Topics/speakers to date:Speaker (tbc): People and rocks in the landscape of ‘Mordor’.

  • Graham Worton (Dudley Museum): The Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark.
  • Dr Lil Stevens (Natural History Museum): Carboniferous flora of the Black Country.
  • Colin Knipe (formally Johnson Poole & Bloomer): Mining and industry in the Black Country.
  • Ben Evans (National Museum of Wales): Conserving Geoheritage in a coalfield – urban area.
  • Dr Will Tattersdill (University of Birmingham English Literature): The influence of the Black Country’s geological and industrial heritage on literature & art.
  • Professor Paul Smith (Oxford Museum of Natural History): Exceptional fossils, geology and geoheritage inspiring current research.

Conference Dinner: At the Lapworth Museum of Geology

Sunday 21st October

Range of excursions to include:

  • The limestone geology and fossils of the Black Country (Wren’s nest National Nature Reserve), including a canal trip into the limestone caverns
  • The Coal Measures geology of the Black Country Coalfield
  • The Building Stones Tour of Birmingham City CentreFor further information and to purchase your registration:
    Visit:
    www.geologistsassociation.org.uk or email: conference@geologistsassociation.org.uk

Venue: University of Birmingham, The Lapworth Museum of Geology & Dudley Museum

Please come and visit the H&W EHT and Voyages in Deep Time stand at the GA conference where we will have informative displays; trail guides, merchandise and geological and OS maps for sale.

11. Teme Valley Geological Society (TVGS) Talks

Please find details of forthcoming TVGS evening talks held in Martley Memorial Hall (MMH). Talks commence at 7.30pm, fees are £3 for non-members and £1 for members.

Monday 15th October 2018

Dr Sarah Greene, University of Birmingham–How did climate change contribute to the end-Triassic mass extinction? I’ve got a brand new record of ocean temperature and the first record of ocean pH, both from well-known UK localities.

Monday 19th November 2018

Jim Marshall on Tanzania.

For further information of the TVGS please visit www.geo-village.eu

 

12. Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Club Geology Section talks are held from 5.30 pm in the Councillors’ Meeting Room – Committee Room 1 at the Shire Hall, Hereford. Non-members welcome at a cost of £2.

Friday 28th September 2018

Carboniferous in the surrounding areas with Dr Bernard Besly.

Friday 26th October 2018

Professor Fred Shotton with Professor Peter Worsley of Reading Geological Society.

Friday 23rd November 2018

Tale of Five Magmas: A Review of Planetary volcanism with Dr Paul Olver.

Friday 14th December 2018

Christmas members evening with rocks and fossils

For further information of the Woolhope Club please visit www.woolhopeclub.org.uk

 

 

 

If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to eht@worc.ac.uk by 19th October 2018.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, Geological Records Centre,

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.

Tel: 01905 855184, Email: eht@worc.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

January 2019 news and update

Happy New Year and welcome to the first EHT news and update for 2019.

1. Geoheritage of Glacial Erratics

Ian Fairchild and Ella Young, together with Elizabeth Matka of the Friends of Cotteridge Park gave a talk on 11th December to the Birmingham Open Spaces Forum about the Geoheritage of the large glacial erratics in the city and the social history related to Cotteridge Park.  Most of the erratics came from the Arenig area of North Wales.  Whilst the previous lecture was to a closed audience, Ian is giving an open and geologically focused lecture on this topic to the Lapworth Society at the Lapworth Museum, University of Birmingham on Monday February 18th at 5 p.m.

 

2. EHT Resources’ Training Days.

Two such days have now been arranged at our offices at the University of Worcester on 9th February for members of the Teme Valley Geological Society and 14th February for the Malvern Hills sub-group of the Malvern U3A geology group.  Other requests to hold such a training day are welcome.  We plan to include using the collections of maps and geological literature held in the EHT offices and the use of Edina Digimap resources for air photos, geological and OS maps, historical OS maps and other data.  Participants can if they wish bring along ideas for places that they would like to research.

 

3. Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds

This Heritage Lottery-funded project is starting to wind up following the appointment of Beth Andrews as EHT project officer and David Hutton as project manager at the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.  Ian Fairchild has been working on producing maps of the area and Beth and Ian are running a geological training course for staff involved in the project as a result of which we are now able to make a first call for volunteers to help with the project.   If you are interested in both ecology and geology and would be interested in working in a small team surveying pond sites then please contact the EHT office.  If you would like to find out more about the ice-age geology, but are not so interested in the ecology, there will definitely still be opportunities to be involved in surveying or perhaps in sediment coring.  One group who have already expressed interest are the Leominster U3A geology group to whom Ian is talking about the project in February with plans for a field visit in March with Beth and Ian.

 

4. A New Voyage App for the Malverns

During the autumn of 2018 work began on a new app for the Malverns as part of the ‘Voyager’ series. The app will cover the Malverns ridge from the Wyche Cutting  as far as Pinnacle Hill, starting and returning to the Wyche Geocentre via a circular (elliptical, actually) route.  Although the ridge itself here is a well walked route, it is not part of the Geopark Way, and no current trail guide specifically covers this part of the central Malverns.

The text is designed to appeal to a wide audience, including younger people and visitors to the Malverns. Nevertheless, the app will have a strong geological and landscape flavour, and will also embrace other points of archaeological or historical interest.

The layout of the app will follow the Voyager structure by focussing on a number of ‘sites’, the most important of which have been chosen to encourage people to learn about the geology underlying the spectacular views east and west of the Malverns, as well as those northwards towards the Worcestershire Beacon, and southwards towards the Herefordshire Beacon. Other points described along the route will include the Wyche spout, the medieval Shire ditch, the railway tunnels, and the Iron Age fort at British Camp, King Charles’ Thirds Wood, and the Ballard memorial on Jubilee Drive. Attention will also be drawn to the unusual concrete boulder (masquerading as a rock) lying halfway between the Wyche cutting and Perseverance Hill. This is the remains of the base of a sighting post erected in 1856 to guide the alignment of the Victorian railway tunnel, excavated with great difficulty through the Hills.

All this will be backed up, of course, by the excellent interpretative materials and refreshment available at the Geocentre and its café. It is anticipated that the app will become available on Apple and Android platforms by the end of January 2019.

Dick Bryant, January 2019


5. Advance notice – EHT AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Earth Heritage Trust is going to be held at the Talbot at Knightwick, Worcestershire, on Saturday 8th June. The report of the year will be followed by a buffet lunch and a local field excursion.  All are welcome (although only members can vote).

 

6. Could you be a Geopark Way Warden?

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust is responsible for the Geopark Way; a geology and heritage trail now in its 10th year which starts in Bridgnorth, Shropshire and ends 109 miles away in Gloucester, travelling through Worcestershire and Herefordshire and skirting the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark.

There are 17 easy to walk sections of the Geopark Way which each need a warden to look after them. We are currently in need of people to look after the 4 Sections at the Gloucestershire end of the trail. Could this be you?

In a nutshell, what we need is people to walk each of the sections twice a year, to keep an eye on the state of the pathway, replace any missing signage, maybe snip a bit of overhanging foliage and to report back to the Geopark Way Project Officer.

The sections vary in length, landscape and geology so there’s a wide choice and anything you feel you could to do to help would be very much appreciated.

You will be supplied with the Geopark Way Guide pages for the section/s you are interested in walking along with A4 maps with more detail than those in the guide. You also get some Geopark Way pointers, description tags and nails, to replace any missing or old ones you may come across.

So, if you feel you could monitor a section or two of the Geopark Way for us on a fairly regular basis; at least twice a year, maybe with a friend if you prefer or if you know someone who might like to help us, please get in touch with Sue Knox, Geopark Way Project Officer at: s.knox@worc.ac.uk or through the H&WEHT office on 01905 855184

 

7. WGCG Winter Lecture Programme: 2019

Meetings are held on Wednesdays (usually 3rd of the month) and start at 7.30 p.m. in St Francis Church Hall, 110 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL unless otherwise stated. Tea / coffee and biscuits are available beforehand from 7.00 p.m.  Please check the WGCG website for any late, unforeseeable changes at http://www.wgcg.co.uk/talks/

2019:

  • 16th January: ‘The Wren’s Nest’ –Graham Worton (Curator at Dudley Archive) (geology of this celebrated nature reserve in Dudley, and the application for Unesco Geopark status).
  • 20th February:  “Swimming Plesiosaurs and Flying Dinosaurs; Palaeontology at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham”-Dr. Adam Smith (including references to Chinese dinosaur discoveries).
  • 20th March: “Analysing the Skeleton of a King” – Prof. Jane Evans (BGS) (isotope studies on the remains of Richard III, and the light this throws on the diet and lifestyle of a medieval monarch).
  • 17th April: (provisionally) ‘The Geology of Norway’ -Chris Darmon (editor ‘Down to Earth’ magazine & proprietor of ‘Geosupplies’).

 

8. Teme Valley Geological Society (TVGS) Talks

Please find details of forthcoming TVGS evening talks held in Martley Memorial Hall (MMH). Talks commence at 7.30pm, fees are £3 for non-members and £1 for members.

  • Monday 21st January 2019- Prof. Ian Fairchild – The Ice Age in Worcestershire and prospective TVGS research on the origin of the Teme Valley.
  • Monday 11th February 2019- Nick Daffern – Palaeolithic Worcester.

For further information of the TVGS please visit www.geo-village.eu

 

9. Malvern U3A Geology Group

The Malvern U3A Geology Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Cube, Malvern, from 10.00 – 12.00 am. The entrance price: £2.00

  • Wednesday 9th January 2019 – Plate Tectonic Mechanics and Processes – Dr Marco Maffione (Birmingham University).
  • Wednesday 13th February 2019 – Rocks from Space – Dr Paul Olver.
  • Wednesday 13th March 2019 – What’s Underneath a Volcano? - Prof Kathy Cashman (Bristol University).
  • Wednesday 10th April 2019 – Geology, Origin and Celebrity of Shap Granite - Dr Nigel Woodcock (Cambridge University).

 

10. Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Club Geology Section meetings to be held in the “Woolhope Room” of the Library in Broad Street Hereford at 6.00pm for 6.30pm until 8.00pm. For further information of the Woolhope Club please visit www.woolhopeclub.org.uk

  • Friday 25th Jan 2019 – From Martley to Mozambique – a tale of two coals with Dr. Bill Barclay.
  • Friday 22nd Feb 2019 – AGM at 6.30 pm followed by Dinner at 7.30 pm at The Bunch of Carrots Inn, Hampton Bishop, Hereford. Details of costs to be advised soon.
  • Friday 22nd Mar 2019 – Oil and energy resources in the UK (title of talk to be arranged) with Dr. Tony Loy of Merlin Energy Co.

 

11. Countrytastic 2019

The 2019 Countrytastic show at the Three Counties Showground will take place this year on Thursday 18th April 2019. If you would like to come and visit us and / or volunteer to help out on the day for an hour or two please let Allison know in the office. All help will be much appreciated. Many thanks.

 

12. Tiddesley Wood Open Day 2019

The 2019 Tiddesley Wood Open Day will take place on Sunday 5th May 2019. The EHT regularly have a stand at this event with children’s activities, rock specimens, selling merchandise and trail guides. If you would like to come and visit us and / or volunteer to help out on the day please let Allison know in the office. Many thanks.

 

13. Rock n Gem Shows

These shows will be held at Chepstow race course on 26th and 27th January 2019 and at Cheltenham race course on 23rd and 24th March 2019.

For further details of these shows please visit the website: http://www.rockngem.co.uk/

 

14. Herdman Symposium 2019 – Inside Out: a Journey From the Centre of the Earth

To be held on Saturday 16th February 2019 – registration from 9.30 am, talks from 10.00 am, held at the Central Teaching Hub at the University of Liverpool. This year the talks promise a fantastic insight into contemporary advances in the Earth Sciences.

Presentations (from 10am-5pm) include:

  • Dr. Chris Davies (Leeds) – Core/ Mantle boundary
  • Prof. Chris Ballentine – (Oxford) Deep mantle
  • Prof. Yan Lavallee  (Liverpool)  Volcanoes and experiments
  • Prof. Jennifer McElwain – (Trinity, Dublin) Palaeobotany
  • Dr. Sarah Boulton (Plymouth) –  Active Neo- tectonics: Moroccan High Atlas
  • Dr. Joel Davis (Natural History Museum, London) – ExoMars – Planetary geology

Ticket Price of £15.00 includes Talks, Abstracts, Refreshments, Buffet Lunch and Wine Reception. (Reductions for students, members of the Herdman Society and School/ College groups).

Advance Registration Essential - please go to https://tinyurl.com/Herdman2019 for more information about the talks and to register and pay. The online store should allow multiple registrations as part of a single booking.

 

15. Two Indoor Courses from Nick Chidlaw

I am currently offering two 1-day courses for next March; these are indoor-based, and describe field areas where I have run courses and trips in the past. These courses may be attractive to people who are not in a position to visit these areas e.g. insufficient time available because of family / work commitments, or health problems.

Details of each course is provided below.

Each course would comprise power point-based lectures, together with examination of hand specimens of relevant mineral and rock types, and published geological maps of the field areas. The hand specimens have been collected by the tutor in the field areas described.

A handout outlining the day’s programme containing sketch maps and other relevant drawings, stratigraphic tables and a list of optional reading, would be provided on each course. No prior knowledge of geology or the study areas would be assumed.

Please note that these courses are run on the same weekend and in the same venue, but are independent of one another – you can enrol on both if you wish to, or one of them, according to your interests / availability.

Venue for both courses: The Buckingham Room (single storey building by the car park) at The Chantry, 52 Castle Street, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. BS35 1HB. See website for further details please visit: www.thechantry.org.uk

Nick Chidlaw will provide information on accommodation options to those who live beyond reasonable commuting distance. On each course, attendees would bring their own packed lunch and other refreshments, or go into the town for lunch.

Tuition Fee: £27.00 per person for each course.

Payment of Tuition Fee: Cheque payable to Nick Chidlaw, should be sent to 8 Silver Street, Dursley, Glos. GL11 4ND. Bank Trans can be arranged if required. (Please let Nick know).

Deadline date for viability of both courses: Saturday 16th February (4 weeks before the courses are due to run).

Both courses to have a minimum of 10 attendees / fee equivalent. Maximum of 30 attendees on each course. If viability for either or both courses is reached, those enrolled will be informed on the deadline date and arrangements will be able to continue. Further enrolments can be made up to 1 week before the courses are due to run. If the minimum number of attendees / fee equivalent is not reached for either course by the deadline, that course will be cancelled and fees received will be returned to those who have sent them in.

Any queries, do get in touch with the tutor nickchidlaw@gmail.com

Course details:

EVIDENCE FOR A TERRANE BOUNDARY: THE HIGHLAND BORDER, SCOTLAND

Saturday 16th March 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Many tectonic plate collision zones around the world contain ‘terranes’: regions of crust with well-defined boundaries, that differ significantly in their geological development from neighbouring regions. Ancient long-since stabilised collision zones globally are often composed of a set of interlocking (often fault-bounded) terranes, each of which originated in different places and had different tectonic histories, but which were progressively amalgamated into the  arrangement seen today. The crust of the British Isles is composed of a number of such terranes, brought together by plate collisions that culminated in the ‘Caledonian Orogeny’ (mountain-building episode, Early Silurian – Mid Devonian times). On this course, we trace one of these terrane boundaries along the Highland Border of Scotland between the Isle of Bute (near Glasgow) in the west, to Stonehaven (near Aberdeen) on the east coast. We will look at the character of the two terranes involved, the nature of the boundary between them, evidence for when the terranes were separated, and for when they finally became joined.

GEOLOGY OF THE HOLM ISLANDS, BRISTOL CHANNEL

Sunday 17th March 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

This indoor day focuses on the geology of the small relatively inaccessible islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm, located in the Bristol Channel between Weston super Mare and Cardiff. The islands, on which rock exposures are widespread, are composed of a variety of chiefly fossil-rich tropical marine shelf and lagoonal limestones of Carboniferous age, deformed by major earth movements during that geological period. Stratal dips of up to 70 degrees occur, and both large-scale and small-scale folds are present, together with thrust and reverse faults. Later, in Middle Jurassic times, crustal extension permitted hot saline mineralizing fluids to rise into fissures on what is now Steep Holm, forming veins of galena and baryte.  The bedrock geology underlying the Bristol Channel around the islands and between Weston and Cardiff will be described, providing a basis for establishing the geological history of the islands; this includes such contrasts as their presence as discrete limestone hills within desert lake flats during Late Triassic times, and their location either side of a deep ravine containing the River Severn 10,000 years ago.

 

16. Friends Gift Aid Forms

As a Friend of the EHT, if you have not already done so, please remember to return your gift aid form to the EHT Office at the address below. Your help is much appreciated.

 

17. Volunteering for the Earth Heritage Trust

If you have some spare time and would like to get involved with the EHT at future events for a couple of hours or half a day or so, please do let us know and we can add you to our list of volunteers to contact in the future.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Allison at the EHT office. Tel: 01905 855184 or email: eht@worc.ac.uk Many thanks.

 

If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to eht@worc.ac.uk by 1st February 2019.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, Geological Records Centre,

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.

Tel: 01905 855184, Email: eht@worc.ac.uk

 

Events August 2017

BBC Country File Live

Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th August 2017

Come and joins us in the Wild Life Zone at BBC Country File Live on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017.  Set in 100 acres of Blenheim Palace’s beautiful parkland, the show brings together the best of the British countryside from live arena shows, animal displays and farming in action to outdoor activities and sports,  fine foods and country clothing.

 

Fortis Family Fun Day

Friday 18th August 2017

Enjoy an afternoon of  family fun from 1.30-3.30 pm at Ledbury Deer Park and take part in the activities on the Earth Heritage Trust stand including the Dinosaur Detective Trail.

 

Fortis Family Fun Day

Friday 25th  August 2017

An afternoon’s family fun from 1.30 -4.00 pm,  including the Earth Heritage Trust Dinosaur Detective Trail at The Oasis Academy in Warndon, Worcester.

Events July 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017

Malvern Science in the Park, Priory Park, Great Malvern from 10.30 am to 4.30pm

Join us for a fun and exciting day exploring the wonders of science and technology. The event is free to attend with activities for all the family. The EHT stand and Dinosaur Detective Trail activities will be there. Any volunteers are very welcome. For further information please visit: www.innovatemalvern.com/science-in-park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events June 2017

Sunday 25th June 2017: Rocks & Landscape of Eastern Herefordshire

A geology and landscape walk, including a look at the building stones of the prominent buildings along the way. From Colwall, we will follow the approximate path of the Geopark Way Trail and end the walk at Ledbury Station. The walk will be taken at a moderate pace to allow ample opportunity to view and discuss the landscape features. For further information and bookings, please visit: www.walkingfestival.com and click on the Programme and Walk 42.

GeoFest 2017

This years GeoFest runs from 27th May to 3rd September 2017 and includes guided walks, children’s activities, tours, exhibitions and much more. You can download the leaflet here – GeoFest 2017 leaflet and start planning some exciting days and evenings out. For further information go to: http://geopark.org.uk/

Events May 2017

Saturday 6th May 2017: The Land Beneath Your Feet – Geology Walk. Croft Castle.

Croft Castle Champions Group. Explore the beautiful Fishpool Valley, with its two quarries, and walk to the summit of Croft Ambrey, a notable Iron Age Hill Fort. See and handle the Aymestry Limestone, enjoy breathtaking views and learn all about the geological features and significance of the landscape. For further information and bookings, please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland/whats-on and click on ‘The Land Beneath Your Feet – Geology Walk’.

 

Events April 2017

Thursday 13th April 2017: Rock and Fossil Roadshow at CountryTastic, The Three Counties Showground.

Earth Heritage Trust will be collaborating with Gloucestershire Geology Trust to run a Rock and Fossil Roadshow at CountryTastic. For further information, please visit http://www.threecounties.co.uk/countrytastic/

 

Sunday 30th April 2017: Tiddesley Wood Spring Open Day.

Earth Heritage Trust will again have a stand at this year’s Tiddesley Wood Spring Open Day. For further information, please visit www.tiddesley.org.uk

 

Events March 2017

Thursday 16th March 2017: The Hive’s Science Night 2017, The Hive. Worcester.

British Science Week. 16:30 to 19:30. Earth Heritage Trust will have an information stand at The Hive’s Science Night. We will also be running geology-related children’s activities.