Field Trip: Somerton & Langport quarries
June 24 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Dorset Geologist’s Association Group (DGAG) & combined with the Bristol Naturalists’ Society will host a field trip on the Saturday 24 June 2023.
Title: Field Trip: Somerton & Langport quarries
Leaders: Simon Carpenter and Dr. John Whicher (DGAG)
Time/Location: Meet at 11am at Ashen Cross Quarry, south of Somerton, Somerset. UK ordnance survey Grid reference ST 495 275. Further important information will be forwarded upon registration. Expected finish is at approximately 3:30pm.
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Post Code: TA11 7JW
Cost: £2 collected on the day Registration:
Contact: Please email email@example.com to book a place. Open to the public as well – but with a number limit so on a first registered basis
Trip Description: The meeting visits two working quarries, Ashen Cross Quarry, Somerton and Bowdens Quarry, Langport. Both quarries have extensive exposures of marine Late Triassic rocks and some of the lowest beds of the Blue Lias. An impoverished fauna of invertebrates, mainly bivalves can be found as well as less common vertebrates including Ichthyosaur and plesiosaur remains. Collecting is permitted. A number of vertebrate fossils collected from both quarries will be displayed on the day. Bring a packed lunch and sturdy footwear. Hard hats are required and there will be a limit in numbers, so bookings are essential.
Photo: Courtesy of Dr. John Whicher