Welcome to the official website of the Dorset Geologists’ Association Group (DGAG).

Upcoming events of general geological interest in Dorset, and the surrounding region, are listed below.

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Dorset Geologists’ Association Group (DGAG), Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire.

Get involved! For geoconservation work parties, see the Dorset’s Important Geological Sites (DIGS) events list.

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March 2020

The surface of Mars: ancient and modern processes on the Red Planet

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5.00

The surface of Mars: ancient and modern processes on the Red Planet. Lecture by Dr Joel Davis (ExoMars, Natural History Museum)

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The Vale of Wardour and Chicksgrove Quarry

March 25 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
£2.00

DGAG Field Trip: Steve Hannath is taking us on a 5 mile walk in the Vale of Wardour, then after lunch at the Wyndham Arms in Dinton, the manager of Chicksgrove Quarry will take us on a tour. As we need to order our food before the day members should book their place with Val Fogarty (DGAG Field Trip Officer) who will send them the pub menu and collate their responses.

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Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton

March 29
£2.50

Lower and Middle Triassic Rocks. Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leaders Prof. John Mather and Dr. Jenny Bennett Further details and booking from Wessex OUGS Events

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April 2020

Carbonate concretions in the Jurassic Coast

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5.00

Carbonate concretions in the Jurassic Coast. Lecture by Professor Jim Marshall, Liverpool University.

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Portishead

April 25 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Portishead BS20 7HU United Kingdom + Google Map
£2.00

DGAG Field Trip to Portishead. Leader Alan Holiday. Meet at 10.30 am at the western end of the esplanade at Portishead. Nearest postcode to rendezvous: BS20 7HU.   Then walk SW along the Severn Estuary foreshore looking at Devonian Old Red Sandstone (ORS) sediments with interesting sedimentary structures before seeing a fine example of an unconformity with Triassic breccia over the ORS sediments.   Later, look at the eastern end of the section (Woodhill Bay) where Lower Carboniferous sediments show…

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May 2020

GeoWeek 2020

May 9 - May 17

Active GeoScience. GeoWeek is a new initiative, launched in 2018, that aims to promote 'active geoscience' via a 'week' of field trip activities taking place across the UK and Northern Ireland between 9–17 May 2020. GeoWeek seeks to introduce as many members of the public to geoscience as possible, mainly through outdoor activities such as urban, rural or coastal field trips.

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June 2020

Dartmoor

June 6 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
£2.00

DGAG Field Trip. Leader Alan Holiday. Includes visits to Haytor, Two Bridges Quarry, Burrator Reservoir and Merivale Quarry. Detailed itinerary: Take A35 to Exeter then follow M5 around Exeter. Take A38 (signposted for Plymouth) at end of motorway section. Take A382 Bovey Tracey road. Then follow B3344 and look for Haytor sign. Park at third car park nearest to Haytor. There are toilets at the first car park. Locality 1: Haytor. GR SX 7587 73. Granite varieties - Tor Granite…

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Chichester Harbour

June 14
£2.50

Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leader David Bone. For further details and booking see Wessex OUGS Events

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July 2020

Studland

July 5
£2.50

Dorset geology, archaeology and history. Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leader Kelvin Huff. Further details and booking from Wessex OUGS Events.

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September 2020

Horn Park

September 6
£2.50

Horn Park Quarry, National Nature Reserve and surrounding area. Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leader Dr Bob Chandler. For futher information and booking see Wessex OUGS Events.

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The Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark

September 11 - September 14

DGAG Residential Weekend. We will be visiting the Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark on the weekend of the 11th to 14th September 2020. Please note that this is a change from the original dates in May. It should be a fabulous trip to a fascinating area in terms of its geology. The region is the source of vast quantities of minerals that powered the industrial revolution. The oldest rock layers are limestones and shales full of shelly fossils and coral…

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Lyme Regis: Geology and Fossils

September 20
£2.50

Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leaders: Sam Scriven and Chris Readman. For further details and booking see Wessex OUGS Events.

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October 2020

Conservation on a Dorset RIGS

October 18
£2.50

Combined OUGS/DIGS field trip/geoconservation work party. Leader: Alan Holiday. Further details and booking from Wessex OUGS Events.

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November 2020

Bowleaze Cove: introduction to geology

November 1
Bowleaze Cove Dorset United Kingdom
£2.50

Wessex OUGS Field Trip: Leader Alan Holiday. Further details and booking from Wessex OUGS Events.

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DGAG Annual Dinner 2020

November 28
Hotel Rembrandt, Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt, 12-18 Dorchester Road
Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7JU United Kingdom
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Provisionally booked at the Hotel Rembrant, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7JU. More details and booking arrangements to follow...

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