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

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September 2018

Lower Jurassic geology and fossils

9th September 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

We shall look at the Lias west of Lyme Regis with the Cretaceous beds lying unconformably on top. There is a wealth of geology here and we shall still be able to visit the "ammonite graveyard” and, with extra daylight hours, there will be plenty of opportunity to collect fossils The total distance of the excursion is about 3 miles on varying beach material. Some slippery conditions must be expected - a walking pole can aid stability. Hammer and hand…

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Goat Island conservation, Undercliffs NNR

11th September 2018 @ 10:00 am - 13th September 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Stepps Lane, Stepps Lane
Axmouth, Devon United Kingdom
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It is that time of year again when we carry out the all important grass cut and rake of Goat Island and the Plateau, to maintain the chalk grassland in good condition. Both sites lie within the rugged landslip terrain of the Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs National Nature Reserve. As usual we are roping in the help of a number of different volunteer groups (including AVDCS, EDCV and EuCAN) from East Devon and Dorset to help with this task.…

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Triassic Coast Cruise

13th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth Marina Ltd, Pier Head,
Exmouth, Devon EX8 1DS
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A cruise through the oldest section of the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Coast, accompanied by expert commentary from local Jurassic Coast Trust Ambassadors. Setting off at 6:00pm, we will cruise from Exmouth to Sidmouth, taking in the breath-taking Triassic cliffs of Orcombe Point, Ladram Bay, Sidmouth and more. We will return to Exmouth for 9:00pm. We will be accompanied by music from the Exmouth Shantymen on the voyage back to Exmouth. We hope to have some nice early…

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The Plateau conservation, Undercliffs NNR

19th September 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stepps Lane, Stepps Lane
Axmouth, Devon United Kingdom
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It is that time of year again when we carry out the all important grass cut and rake of Goat Island and the Plateau, to maintain the chalk grassland in good condition. Both sites lie within the rugged landslip terrain of the Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs National Nature Reserve. As usual we are roping in the help of a number of different volunteer groups (including AVDCS, EDCV and EuCAN) from East Devon and Dorset to help with this task.…

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Undercliffs Guided Walk

23rd September 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Pinhay House, Pinhay House
Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3RQ
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Enjoy a 5-mile walk through the Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs National Nature Reserve. Though the focus of this walk will be a 'fungal foray' there is also the opportunity to experience the geology and geomorphology of this extensive coastal landslip environment. Join local fungi expert Dr David Allen to hunt for mushrooms in the wilds of the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve. We will explore the area below Pinhay including the secluded and remote Humble Glades, a series of open…

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October 2018

Geology Walk, Sidmouth

10th October 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sidmouth Museum, Hope Cottage, Church Street
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8LY United Kingdom
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£2.50

Geology walk along Sidmouth's 'Jurassic Coast' seafront with Dr Roger Trend. Meet outside the Sidmouth Museum, Hope Cottage, Church Street, EX10 8LY. The walk will last about an hour and will be led by one of the local geologists. Price: £2.50

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Fault Lines in Seismic Communication: Earthquake Warning in Istanbul

10th October 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Manor Pavilion Theatre, Manor Pavilion Theatre, Manor Road
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RP United Kingdom
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£3.00

A talk by Prof Iain Stewart, MBE FGS FRSE, a Scottish geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Ian is Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth and also a member of the Scientific Board of UNESCO's International Geoscience Programme. Described as geology's "rock star", Stewart is best known to the public as the presenter of a number of science programmes for the…

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How do we know Earth’s climate is changing?

12th October 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Cellar Bar, Kennaway House
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8NG
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A talk by Professor Graeme Stephens FRS. Professor Stephens is Co-Director, Center for Climate Sciences, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University. Professor Stephens has made major research contributions in three related areas; atmospheric radiative transfer, remote sensing and cloud climate feedbacks. He has published over 250 peer reviewed publications, a text book on remote sensing, has a citation count of over 25000 and a H-index of 75…

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Shake, Rattle and Rocks: a Geo Day for the whole family

13th October 2018 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Masonic Hall, 110 High Street
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8EF United Kingdom
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Interactive displays and activities featuring rocks, fossils, minerals and the Earth’s dynamic processes, highlighting the geology of the Jurassic Coast, Torbay Geo Park and the West Devon mining area. Participating groups will include Sidmouth Museum, Kent’s Cavern and the English Riviera Geo Park, the Jurassic Coast Trust, the artist Colin Bentley, the Devonshire Association Geology Group, the Royal Geographical Society and Sidmouth and Exmouth U3A Geology Groups. The theme of the Science Festival is ‘Science in our Lives’, which chimes…

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Shake, Rattle and Rocks: Geo Day Short Talks Programme

13th October 2018 @ 11:15 am - 4:15 pm
Masonic Hall, 110 High Street
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8EF United Kingdom
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11.15 – 11.45 Richard Edmonds - Freelance Geologist - “New Mapping and Modelling of the Great Bindon Landslide of 1839”: The landslide is one of the most famous in the world and yet there is no agreement on how it formed. New mapping has been made possible through data from the Plymouth Coastal Observatory and from that, a new interpretation for the mechanism of failure has been developed. 12.00 – 12.30 Malcolm Hart - Emeritus Professor of Micropalaeontology, University of…

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December 2018

Winter Watch: Lunch and walk at Otterton Mill

12th December 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Otterton Mill, Otterton Mill, Otterton
near Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7HG United Kingdom
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With the shortening days comes the first of the annual series of “Winter Watch” days out for Jurassic Coast Ambassadors and partner organisations. The plan is to have lunch at the Mill, a brilliant historic site in its own right and also one of the newest JCT Business Partners  From past experience it is an excellent place for lunch and there will be a space reserved upstairs. You can have a look at their website to whet your appetite! This lunch is a chance…

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June 2019

Hay Tor and other Dartmoor locations

20th June 2019

Igneous rocks and weathering. The trip will cover locations such as Hay Tor, looking at the geological and geomorphological features of the granite. There will also be visits to localities looking at the evolution of tors and a chance to view the metamorphic aureole and contact zone. If you wish to attend please contact Alan or Kelvin and we'll add you to the list and provide further details.

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September 2019

Geology and Fossils, Lyme Regis

29th September 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
£2.50

Wessex OUGS Field Trip: Geology and Fossils, Lyme Regis with Sam Scriven. A day studying the geology and fossils of the Lower Jurassic at Lyme Regis. Sunday, 29th September.

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October 2019

Sidmouth Science Festival

4th October 2019 - 13th October 2019
Sidmouth Sidmouth, Devon United Kingdom

Sidmouth Science Festival started as a weekend event in 2012 and has grown to lasting 10 days now. It is aimed at all ages and abilities and most events are FREE. Some events have proved to be very popular and are repeated again this year whilst adding new events has helped to keep the Festival fresh. So visit Sidmouth Science Festival for hours of entertaining and thought-provoking events including talks and workshops. Learn about fossils, stars, energy, light, weather, brains,…

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March 2020

DGAG Events and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

19th March 2020 - 31st March 2021

As the National restrictions begin to relax, we hope to restart many of our planned events, including field trips. All events will be compliant with the relevant COVID-guidelines.  Geologists' Association Coronavirus Action Plan

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Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton

29th March 2020
£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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October 2020

Sidmouth Science Festival ONLINE

9th October 2020 - 18th October 2020
Sidmouth Sidmouth, Devon United Kingdom + Google Map

Visit the 2020 Sidmouth Science Festival online for talks and competitions which you can do from home. Learn about fossils, dinosaurs, stars, energy, light, weather, boats, rockets and much more. Race a rubber band car.  Visit the gallery of schools’ art. Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with a female speaker. We aim to excite curiosity in people to explore Science in their lives. There will be family friendly events which are educational as well as fun. Something for all abilities and…

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May 2021

Dartmoor

May 22
£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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July 2021

Goat Island and the Slabs – Undercliffs NNR

July 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stepps Lane, Stepps Lane
Axmouth, Devon United Kingdom
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A unique chance to explore the landslip geomorphology and coastal geology of the Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs National Nature Reserve. Leader: DGAG member Geoff Rowland, who has become familiar with the Undercliffs NNR from volunteer conservation work with Natural England, EuCAN Dorset and the Axe Vale & District Conservation Society. We will walk into the western end of the Reserve, joining the South West Coast Path. We will visit Goat Island and the Chasm, the results of the Great…

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