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April 2019 news and update

1. Bredon Hill Voyage Released!

Bredon Hill Voyage (walk) is now available for download into the Voyager in deeptime app. If you have not already done so you will need to install the Voyager in deeptime app on your smartphone or tablet.

When you select ‘load a Voyage’ you will see Bredon Hill listed in the growing scrollable list of Voyages.

The Bredon Hill Voyage explores Jurassic rocks and associated landforms; it is a landscape on the move. The route gradually ascends to the northern escarpment, dominated by Parson’s Folly, and an Iron Age hillfort.

There are extensive views. From east to west: the Vale of Evesham; the Lickey Hills, and Birmingham; the Clee Hills; and the north-south aligned chain of the Malvern Hills. The rocks that form Bredon Hill were laid down in alternating deep and shallow tropical seas that teemed with life, similar to those in the Caribbean today.

Erosion, during and after the Ice Age, separated the hill from the main Jurassic escarpment of the Cotswolds, and contributed to the many landforms we will see on the Voyage.The Voyage contains photorealistic palaeo-reconstructions based on scenes from the Lower and Mid-Jurassic kindly produced by Nick Chidlaw.

The Voyage is richly illustrated with annotated photographs and custom graphics covering both the archaeology, human history and geology of Bredon Hill. As with other Voyages there are a set of ‘tasks’ you can engage with, offering feedback on your answers and a final score.

The next Voyage to be released will cover the Wren’s Nest Dudley.


2. Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds – Volunteer Training Days

We have now held our first 2 volunteer training days.  In wonderful sunshine our new volunteers were given an introduction to geology and ecology of kettle hole ponds before visiting a pond to try out the various techniques needed to complete our survey forms.

There are still spaces left on our next 2 training days:

Sunday 14th April – Credenhill Village Hall

Saturday 11th May – Pembridge Village Hall

Morning – Indoor Session:

• Introduction to the Ice Age in Herefordshire and the landforms it left behind

• Introduction to Pond Ecology

• Introduction to field survey techniques for Ecology and for Geology

Afternoon Session:

• Practical demonstration and chance to have a go at doing Geological recording, substrate core samples using augers, GPS recording of water levels and water quality testing.

• Practical demonstration of Ecological recording techniques, habitat mapping, dipping for invertebrates.

No previous experience of ecology or geology is necessary, full training in the use of GPS, water quality meters and pond survey techniques will be given. The aim of the training is to provide volunteers with the skills necessary to complete pond surveys to collect data for the Ice Age Ponds project and help focus our more detailed investigations.

Training lasts from 10.00am – 4.00pm and all equipment, plus hot drinks and biscuits will be provided. You will just need to bring suitable outdoor clothing and lunch. These training sessions are all free but places are limited and booking is essential. To book your place please email Project Officer Beth Andrews on e.andrews@worc.ac.uk.


3. Call for Volunteer with Knowledge of Website Design

At its March meeting the EHT Board resolved to renew our website to make it fit for our purposes in the future.  We envisage that the technical work will be sent out to tender as a project, but it is important for the EHT to guide this process by being clear about what it wants as well as providing content in appropriate formats.

We are setting up a small group chaired by Mike Brooks to guide this process and are seeking a volunteer with experience in website design to help us define the parameters for the tender and select the successful applicant.  If you are interested please contact the EHT office by email to eht@worc.ac.uk or call 01905 855184. Thank you.


4. Support EHT through the **NEW** Worcester Lottery

The Worcester Community Lottery has just been launched by Worcester City Council and the EHT is one of its good causes. Half of the value of tickets sold through our page comes directly to us, with another 10% distributed to other local causes. One in 50 tickets wins a prize, with a prize maximum of £25,000.

So if you feel like a flutter on the lottery, please support the EHT by visiting our web page on the Worcester Lottery site:


You are invited to buy tickets on a weekly basis at one pound each, with a minimum commitment of one month (five tickets) and can cancel at any time after that.



5. Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust AGM 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Earth Heritage Trust is to be held at the Talbot at Knightwick, Worcestershire, on Saturday 8th June, 10.30 for 11.00 am start. The report of the year will be followed by a buffet lunch and a local field excursion.  All are welcome (however only members can vote).

All Friends of EHT will be invited at the end of April with details of the AGM including a booking from and proxy vote from. Please remember if you are unable to attend the meeting in person, to return your signed proxy vote form to Allison in the office as your vote really does count.

Only Friends of EHT can vote for the election of new directors and re-election of existing directors, but all are welcome to attend and enjoy the lunch and guided walk after the meeting.

For further information please contact Allison on eht@worc.ac.uk or call the office on 01905 855184.


6. Countrytastic 2019 – Hope to see you there!

Thank you to those who have already signed up to help out on the day at the 2019 Countrytastic show at the Three Counties Showground on Thursday 18th April 2019. Hope to see you many more of you there! Many thanks.


7. Tiddesley Wood Open Day 2019 – Call for volunteers

The 2019 Tiddesley Wood Open Day will take place on Sunday 5th May 2019. The EHT have a stand at this annual 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 for an hour or two please let Allison know in the office. It would be great to see you there. Many thanks.


8. Digital Festival 2019 – Call for Volunteers

The EHT will have a Deep Time stand at the Digital Festival on Thursday 27th June 2019 at the Hive, displaying the Deep Time apps. If you would like to volunteer please let us know, you don’t need experience of using apps on iPads or smart phones, just a friendly and approachable manner. Thank you.


9. Science in the Park 2019 – Call for Volunteers

On Saturday 29th June 2019, EHT will have a stand at Science in the Park, located in Priory Park, Malvern. We will have rock specimens, children’s activities and selling merchandise and trail guides. If you would like to volunteer please let Allison know in the office. Many thanks.


10. Temporary Exhibition on Ocean Deep-Sea Drilling.

Until the end of June there is a fine exhibition within the Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham which showcases 50 years of highlights of drilling geological materials in the oceans.  Many of our insights into plate tectonics and climate evolution have stemmed from this work.



11. WCA First Aid Training

Hi Everyone,

Following on from the last First Aid course, where I had more people trying to book a place than the maximum allowed, I have arranged another First Aid course (and possibly the last one for the time being!), for Thursday 9th May 2019.

It will, again, be held at Warndon Community Centre, Shap Drive from 9.30am – 4.30pm. As before, bookings are taken on a ‘First Come – First Served’ basis and notice of non-attendance within less than 48 hours notice will incur a charge of £20.

I hope this is OK and look forward to hearing from you, please email: worcestercommunityaction@gmail.com

Sally Ellison, Worcester Community Action


12. WGCG 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/

  • 17th April 2019: ‘The Geology of Norway’ -Chris Darmon (editor ‘Down to Earth’ magazine & proprietor of ‘Geosupplies’). Please note change of venue available on website.


GEOWEEK 2019 is coming to Warwickshire! 5-12 May 2019

Here is the WGCG GeoWeek in summary, please see www.wgcg.co.uk/geoweek for further details:

  • ‘Walk 600 million years in 20-minutes at the Brandon Marsh GeoWall’. A geological timeline wall walk.
    Sunday 5th May 10:30 am to 4:00 pm – Meet at Brandon Marsh, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre.
    Standard entry charges to Brandon Marsh, WWT members free entry. See: Event and location details
  • ‘Upton House Reveals its Secret Hidden in the Stones’, A geological tour of Upton House and gardens, a National Trust property. NT members free entry.
    Tuesday 7th May 11.30 – 16:00 – at various times during the day. See Event info and details
  • ‘Rock solid evidence that Jurassic Park came to Banbury’, A guided geological tour of Banbury town centre.
    Tuesday 7th May Meet at Town Hall for 7 pm – No need to book ahead. (approx 1 hour) See: Event and location details
  • ‘Kenilworth Rocks! Meet ‘The Stones’’ – A guided walk of “The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth”  Thursday 9th May, Kenilworth, Meet 2 pm – Abbey Fields Car Park – 2 hours parking free with ticket  (approx 1½ hours) Event and location details
  • ‘Gold in them thar hills? Yes! Fool’s Gold!’ Why are the Burton Dassett Hills there? What’s in them? Who dug? When? Why? Are they magnetic? What’s that tower for?
    Sunday 12th May, Burton Dassett Hills – Meet 10.30 at Car Park near the Tower (approx 1-2 hours) All-day parking £2. Event location and details


13. 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 29th April 2019 Dr Lucy Campbell, Uni of PlymouthHunting for Traces of Ancient Earthquakes

  • Monday 13th May 2019 Dr Will Tattersdill ‘Geology of the Imagination’.

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


14. 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 is: £2.00

  • Wednesday 10th April 2019 – Geology, Origin and Celebrity of Shap Granite - Dr Nigel Woodcock (Cambridge University).


15. 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 27th September 2019 – Paul Gannon on Snowdonia.
  • Friday 25th October 2019- To be arranged.
  • Saturday 2nd November 2019- Geologists Association (GA) Festival at University College London (UCL). Woolhope Club Members are most welcome. Note Saturday meeting.
  • Friday 22nd November 2019 – Paul Olver: A Tale of Five Magmas: A Review of Planetary volcanism.
  • Friday 13th December 2019 – Members’ Rock/Fossil Festival plus drinks in a nearby pub.


16. Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) Programme

BCGS indoor meetings are held at the Dudley Archives, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ with a 7.30 for 8.00 pm start unless stated otherwise. Visitors welcome, but there will be a charge of £1.00. For further details please see the website: http://bcgs.info

  • Monday 15th April 2019: (Indoor Meeting):  ‘Europe’s Lost World: The Rediscovery of Doggerland’. Speaker: Professor Vince Gaffney MBE FSA, Anniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology, University of Bradford.
  • Saturday 11th May 2019: (Field meeting) Martley Geo-Village, led by John Nicklin (Teme Valley Geological Society). Meet at 10.30 am at Martley Memorial Hall for light refreshments and a pop-up display. Recognised as a Geo-Village, Martley has distinctive geology within its bounds spanning the Palaeozoic and lower Mesozoic. Please bring a packed lunch.
  • Saturday 15th June 2019: (Field Meeting): Lydney Cliffs, Gloucestershire: Led by John Moseley (Gloucestershire Geoconservation Trust). Meet 10.30 at Lydney Docks. Good parking at east end of Harbour Road, GR647013.


If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to eht@worc.ac.uk by 3rd May 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