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July 2019 news and update

1. Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds

We are now half way through our pond surveys and the team is busy completing the application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the delivery stage funding.  Thank you to everyone who has joined us so far, we have completed 25 pond surveys to date – including one in 30 degrees and another few in pouring rain.  The data that you have helped gather is being used to learn more about the Ice Age Ponds in Herefordshire and to help us write some more detailed site management plans.  It is also great evidence for our funding bid too.

Here are the dates and locations for our last few pond survey days in July.

  • Thursday 18th July – Moccas Park
  • Thursday 25th July – Lower House Orchard, Staunton-on-Wye
  • Saturday 27th July – TBC

All equipment will be provided and if you haven’t been on our previous training courses then full training will be given too.

To book your place please email e.andrews@worc.ac.uk.

We are also in the process of sorting out a visit with Dr Warren Eastwood from Birmingham University to take some core samples of a few of our sites.  We haven’t finalised the dates and locations for these visits but it is likely to be towards the end of August.  If you are interested in coming along and finding out about how these longer (could be over 8m of sediment) cores are taken and seeing the experts at work then please let Beth know (e.andrews@worc.ac.uk) and you can be emailed the dates once they are finalised.


2. EHT Map Database Training Day

We will be holding a Map Database Training day on Wednesday 7th August 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Earth Heritage Trust has a potentially valuable tool - a spatial database of locations created by trustee Mike Brooks..  You can find it at http://hwgeosites.co.uk. [the site works with PCs but not with tablets;  you have to click on the "Flash" icon to make the map appear].  It has been populated with many designated sites, but there is still much to do including adding photographs.  The database could also be used to add other sets of data – for example the U3A group documenting sites in the Malverns are considering whether it could be used to display the data that they are gathering as a separate set of data.  Such a spatial database proved very valuable for the recent Building Stones project.

If you are interested in learning more, we are holding a training day on 7th August led by Ella Young with an afternoon of practical work and opportunities to discuss the development of the database with its author Mike Brooks and other EHT staff.  Please respond to Allison at eht@worc.ac.uk by 2nd August 2019.

If you are interested in attending please contact Allison Tinsley at eht@worc.ac.uk by 2nd August 2019 indicating if you will bring your own laptop and if you want to focus on practical exercises or on a particular local place.


3. Geofest 2019:  25th May to 1st September 2019

What’s On in The Geopark?

There are lots of Guided Walks, Children’s Activities, Tours, Exhibitions, Workshops and much more across parts of Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire – Fun for all the family. More events and details on website www.geopark.org.uk


4. Annual General Meeting

The AGM was held on 8th June at the Talbot, Knightwick. The meeting heard a report from the chair, most of which is printed in the Annual Review, an electronic version of which was sent out in mid-June.  There are a limited number of hard copies in colour available for £1 (plus postage) and you can also find the review on our website.  David Pamment presented the financial report, which was commended for its clarity by the meeting. The meeting re-elected Ian Fairchild and Peter Stevens and elected Peter Bridges at Trustees.  Julie Harrald has stepped down as Trustee to give herself the opportunity to do a secondment project with us, during her PhD, about Natural Capital which is how government is valuing the natural environment. Julie wants to establish guidelines for how geoheritage can be valued in this way. More of this in due course.

Following the AGM, Dick Bryant and Ian Fairchild led a group of 17 people on a local geowalk.

Knightwick is in an interesting position at the intersection of the Malvern line with the Teme Valley and on the river bank Dick explained various theories about the history of the drainage during the progressive erosion of the landscape and in relation to glaciation and glacial lakes in particular.

The Teme Valley Geological Society have expressed interest in doing some work on the river terraces to help solve the mystery about when and how the Teme changed its flow direction from westward-flowing (as seen in higher terraces near Tenbury Wells) to eastward-flowing (a river capture event), and some more background is given in the Annual Review. No terraces are visible from Knightwick, but examples are shown on the map in the Annual Review.

The party then walked to the western end of Osebury Rock across the valley at the foot of which Dick pointed out the toe of an alluvial fan at the outlet of the side valley.  Permission to examine the outcrop at Osebury Rock had been given by Natural England and the landowner Martin Cross of Coles Farm, Lulsley.

Steep crags of stratified breccia are well-exposed, indicating intermittent water flow on an alluvial fan.

John Payne demonstrated the occurrence of ventifacts – wind-faceted pebbles (also known as dreikanter) indicating the aridity of the depositional setting.  The age of this outcrop has been controversial.  Originally it was grouped with various outcrops of breccias of late Carboniferous or early Permian age (Haffield Breccia), but the remapping of the area by the BGS led to reassignment to the Triassic by analogy with basal breccia facies beneath sandstones in the Worcester Graben.  John Payne pointed out that Osebury Rock was just east of a major fault to the west of which are Silurian strata.  The older breccias are not known east of this fault which strengthens the Triassic interpretation.

The group then examined small outcrops of breccia in the fields to the west of Osebury Rock.  Here there is an obscure, partly faulted contact with red sandstones.  These were originally assigned to the Permian, but now regarded as Triassic, directly overlying the Osebury outcrops.  In the lane cutting near the top of the hill on the Alfrick road, cross-bedding is seen, presumably of fluvial origin.

The party then walked down the lane to Lulsley, stopping just short to view the Teme Valley to the east within which there is a distinct terrace, the lowest (and youngest) found in the valley.  One-metre contours from Lidar data help to mark the terrace which is just 2 m above the modern floodplain and probably formed in post-glacial times.

To the north west of Lulsley Court is an open stretch of floodplain bounding the Teme.  From here there are splendid views of landslips in Triassic rocks across the valley to Ankerdine Hill.  Occasionally the A44 has been blocked by landslip events as in 2007.  Dick pointed out that the river capture event led to more rapid downcutting of the Teme and this would have led to steeper, more unstable hillsides, promoting landslips which are shown also in the Silurian beds on the southern margins of Ankerdine Hill.


5. 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.


6. 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. Good luck!



7. Science in the Park 2019  – a great success

On Saturday 29th June 2019, EHT had a stand at the Science in the Park event, located in Priory Park, Malvern. Displaying minerals and fossil specimens, with children’s activities including dig a treasure and the dinosaur detective trail  a busy day was had by all and a substantial amount raised by selling merchandise and trail guides.

Many thanks for all those who volunteered and helped out on the day.


Upcoming Events

8. Fortis Summer Fun Days – Call for Volunteers

You are invited to join us at the Fortis Summer Fun Days as follows:

  • Dukes Meadow in Malvern on Friday 26th July 2019 – 1.30 -3.30 pm
  • Martins Way in Ledbury on Friday 16th August-  1.30-3.30 pm

If you would like to volunteer at one of the above events, helping out with selling trail guides and merchandise or running a children’s activity, please let us know by contacting Allison at eht@worc.ac.uk or calling the office on 01905 855184. Thank you, your help is much appreciated.


9. 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/

Friday 12th July 2019: Malvern Hills Walk with Dick Bryant.

  • Wednesday 18th September 2019: Jurassic Sedimentation in Yorkshire with Andy Howards 7 -9 pm.


10. 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 16th September 2019: Members evening.

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


11. 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.

For further information please see website: www.malvernu3a.org.uk/geology3/


For people who are members of the Malvern U3A and would like to develop skills which could be useful in identifying items below ground, there is now an Introduction to Dowsing group within Malvern U3A.

The group is run by Ced Jackson who set up Malvern Dowsers (now 10 years old), and meets once a month on a Tuesday afternoon in Malvern.  For more information please contact Info@CedJackson.org (01684 560265).


12. 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.


13. 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


  • Sunday 28th July 2019: (Field Meeting) Nottingham’s Sandstone Caves 10.45am – 4.00pm.  Nottingham’s Sandstone Caves, led by Tony Waltham. (Engineering geologist and karst specialist). Meet at 10.45am at bollards at the west end of Cliff Road, Nottingham, NG1 1GZ. Nearest car park is Lace Market Car Park, Pilcher Gate, NG1 1QE (about 100 yards to the north). Enter caves at 11.00am. The tour will take around one and a half hours. Please do not be late. Anyone arriving after 11.00am will not be able to join the cave tour. Numbers limited to 20. Helmets not needed. Torches needed for some parts. The caves are not suitable for wheelchairs or young children. Afterwards we will have a walk through the town to the Tunnel and Castle Rock, with a possible walk via the Church cemetery, time permitting. Aim to finish around 4.00pm.


If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to eht@worc.ac.uk by 30th July 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