In this section, you will find links to resources for children including those published by the Severn Valley Railway, as well as other internet sites. You will also find links to Local organisations as well as national & international links for organisations involved in geology, geoconservation and education.
Please send links for any other organisations not already listed here to EHT with website name & address and 2 or 3 sentences about the site.
Please note: Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
Severn Valley Railway Information Pages
As part of its education programme, the Severn Valley Railway has, in conjunction with the Trust, produced several information pages for schools. Download the pages below. Note: all links open in a separate window, and you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the documents.
Rocks and Soils Information Page
Suitability – Key Stage 2
Organised in conjunction with Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust In Search of Fools Gold – Rocks & Soils uses images familiar
to the children to bring our geological past to life.
Rocks and Dinosaurs Information Page
Suitability – Key Stage 2
Organised in conjunction with Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust In Search of Fools Gold – Rocks & Dinosaurs uses images familiar to the children to bring our geological past to life.
Severn Valley Geology Trail
Suitability – Key Stages 3 & 4
Arranged in conjunction with Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, the Severn Valley Geology Trail uses the Severn Valley Railway as a means of exploring the wealth of geological features that this area has to offer. An expert guide accompanies your group throughout the day.
The Tomlinson-Brown Trust
The TBT was set up specifically to promote and encourage the appreciation, education and public awareness of Earth Sciences. The TBT is a charity which relies on donations from career geologists and others wishing to support the teaching of Earth Sciences. The TBT welcomes applications for funding from schools across the age range and other bodies needing financial support for Earth Science initiatives.
For more information about the TBT please go to the Tomlinson Brown Trust section of the Earth Science Teachers’ Association (ESTA) website.
Whitman’s Hill Geodiversity Discovery Venture
The Whitman’s Hill Geodiversity Venture’s website is now up and running. Go to http://whitmanshill.earthheritagetrust.org to learn about the project and the geology and landscape of the area. Important information about how to arrange visits to the quarry can also be found on the new website.
Local educational organisations and resources
Bishopswood Environmental Education Centre
A nationally and internationally recognised centre involved in environmental and sustainability education with schools. The centre also runs a variety of training courses. See website for details.
Set in 156 acres of countryside on the outskirts of Kidderminster, Bodenham Arboretum is home to more than 2700 trees. There are also 11 pools and 4 miles or trails and a visitor’s centre.
Located in the picturesque river side Georgian town of Bewdley, the museum illustrates the growth and trades of the town as well as the crafts of the surrounding Wyre Forest area through fascinating indoor and outdoor displays.
Delivering field and classroom courses for adult students since 1996, Geostudies is run by Dave Green – local geologist who has been teaching beginners and undergraduates since the 1970s!
Lapworth Museum of Geology
The Lapworth Museum of Geology holds the finest and most extensive collections of fossils, minerals and rocks in the Midlands. Dating back to 1880, it is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK.
Malvern Outdoor Education Centre
An outdoor activities centre owned and operated by Worcestershire County Council. Provides outdoor and indoor classroom activities for school children in the beautiful setting of the north Malvern Hills.
Severn Valley Country Park
Located between the of Highly and Alveley in the Shropshire countryside, this park covers 180 acres of woodland, meadows and wetland. Large areas of the park were reclaimed following cessation of coal mining operations in the area in 1969.
Worcestershire County Museum
Housed in the 14th Centrury Hartlebury castle, the museum contains displays on collections ranging from children’s toys, archaeology and costume to craft work by the Bromsgrove Guild.
Wyre Forest Discovery Centre
Located at the Wyre Forest Visitors Centre, in Callow Hill, just outside of Bewdley, the centre provides facilities and programmes designed to educate children about the forest and related subjects such as wildlife and arts and craft.
Teme Valley Geological Society
The Teme Valley Geological Society is based in Martley, Worcestershire, in the valley of the River Teme. The Teme is the longest tributary of Great Britain’s longest river, the Severn. It rises on the Kerry Hills, Powys, Wales and flows, often tumultuously for over 80 miles through wild and lonely countryside to its confluence with the Severn, a mile or so south and downstream of Worcester.
The Woolhope Club
The Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club was founded in 1851 to further the study of the natural, historical and social environment of Herefordshire, which lies on the border between England and Wales. The library holds books on a wide range of subjects relating to the Club’s interest in the natural sciences, archaeology and local history.
Links to educational websites
British Geological Survey – Open Geoscience
recently launched on the BGS website, this resource allows open access to certain geological mapping data and a number of other archives. Well worth a look!
British Geological Survey – Crowdmap
Enhancing our knowledge of the geology of the UK through the BGS community web site, allowing the geoscience community to record geohazards and geoexposures, making the information available to all.
Geological and Geomorphological Animations
A fantastic website with a large variety of animations showing geological and geomorphological features from plate tectonics to longshore drift. Well worth a visit!
CTI Geography, Geology and Meteorology Homepage
The site’s focus is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of geography in higher education through the use of appropriate learning technologies and associated resources.
The Disaster Area
Colourful, fun site for young students about all sorts of natural disasters including volcanoes, earthquakes and floods. Hosted by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Education for Sustainability
designed by a partnership of teachers, industrialists and environmental organisations, this site provides resources for teachers, students, parents and anyone else interested in understanding the environment and using resources in a sustainable manner.
SedLog is a free multi-platform software for creating graphic sediment logs. Is designed by geologists for geologists. It provides an intuitive graphical user interface, making it very easy for anyone to use with minimum effort.
Local conservation/countryside organisations
Centre For Rural Research
Based within the School of Environmental Science and Land Management at University of Worcester, the Centre for Rural Research undertakes academic and applied research into aspects of agricultural, cultural, economic, environmental, political and social change in the countryside.
Natural England – Herefordshire and Worcestershire Team
The local office for Herefordshire and Worcestershire is now part of the West Midlands region. Contact details can be found here. Information about the local ‘Natural Areas’ can be found on the H&W Team pages. In the two counties, the natural areas include the Black Mountains & Golden Valley, Central Herefordshire, the Malvern Hills and Teme Valley and the Severn and Avon Vales.
Herefordshire Biodiversity Action Plan
Website of the Herefordshire BAP providing information about the purpose of the action plan and ways to get involved with preserving the diverse wildlife and habitats of Herefordshire.
Malvern Hills AONB
Website for the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The AONB is well know for the dramatic landscape of the Malvern Hills and surrounding areas, as well as the local spring water. The AONB also contains a diverse cultural heritage and is rich in wildlife.
Wye Valley AONB
The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty encompasses approximately 70 km of the River Wye from Hereford in the north to Chepstow Castle. The AONB straddles the border between England and Wales and includes parts of the counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Monmouthshire. The limestone gorge of the River Wye is the most spectacular part of the protected landscape.
Malvern Hills District Council
Source of information on local services in the Malvern Hills District of Worcestershire County. District includes the towns of Tenbury Wells, Malvern, and Upton-on-Severn.
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
County Council service responsible for recording and promoting the archives and archaeology of the county of Worcestershire. They are located in the Hive – the new library and history centre in Worcester.
Wyre Forest District Council
Source of information about local services within the Wyre Forest District of Worcestershire County. District includes the towns of Kidderminster, Stourport and Bewdley.
Other local information resources
This site provides a general introduction to the Malvern Hills area of Worcestershire, including a brief description of the geology and springs of the Hills, as well as other information such as accommodation, theatre, local books etc.
The Map Shop, Upton-on-Severn
Local supplier of Ordnance Survey products and services, and UK agent for the official survey authorities for most of Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA and many more.
Siluria Revisited – a field guide 2011
Field guide drawn up by the International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy following their July 2011 field meeting to classic localities in the Welsh Basin and Midland Platform.
The Three Counties Agricultural Society
Based at the Malvern Showground, this not-for-profit organisation is responsible for promoting agriculture, horticulture and food production in the counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.