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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/


  • 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.


  • 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:
    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