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.
Get involved! For geoconservation work parties, see the Dorset’s Important Geological Sites (DIGS) events list.
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Our first Autumn 2019 Lecture. It is by Brooke Johnson (University of Oxford) on: Ferruginous upwelling and phosphate availability in the Roper Basin, Australia. Wednesday September 11 Dorset County Hall 7 pmFind out more »
Lecture by Dr Sarah Boulton (University of Plymouth) Wednesday October 9 Dorset County Hall 7 pmFind out more »
Broadmayne Village Hall. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Please consider telling us about your 'geology on holiday' memories. Let Kelvin or Alan know if you can help.Find out more »
Dangerous Minerals! Lecture: Dr Giles Droop (University of Manchester, Rtd.) Wednesday 13 November 7 p.m. Dorset County Hall, Admission £5 Please note that this is a change to the original lecture programme. We hope to reschedule 'Sarsens: Troublesome Stones of Dubious Origin' by Dr Stewart Ullyott (University of Brighton, Rtd.) to a later date.Find out more »
DGAG Annual Dinner at the Rembrandt Hotel, Weymouth. Guest Speaker: Dr. Jon Murden of Dorset County Museum. 7.00 p.m. Booking forms in the Newsletter or contact KelvinFind out more »
Talk by Sam Scriven, Head of Heritage and Conservation at the Jurassic Coast Trust. Effective engagement is a cornerstone of environmental conservation but the geological stories that can be derived from the Jurassic Coast are seemingly endless in number. Making sense of such a vast and varied repository is a significant challenge - we can't include everything and we certainly can't satisfy all audiences. The Jurassic Coast Trust publication 'Fossils of the Jurassic Coast' and the interpretation framework for the…Find out more »
Saturday December 14th: Xmas workshop at Broadmayne Village Hall, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Find out more »
Offshore wind farms: the importance of geology for renewable energy Talk by David Shiston (Atkins) Welcome to the next decade of the Anthropocene and the first DGAG lecture of the year.Find out more »
From South Georgia to the South Downs. Lecture by Professor Rory Mortimore (University of Brighton, retired). The geology of Chalk is likely to feature at some point!Find out more »
The surface of Mars: ancient and modern processes on the Red Planet. Lecture by Dr Joel Davis (ExoMars, Natural History Museum)Find out more »
In view of the new National restrictions applying to England from 5 November, we must regrettably postpone or cancel many of our planned events, including evening lectures and field trips. Geologists' Association Coronavirus Action PlanFind out more »
Carbonate concretions in the Jurassic Coast. Lecture by Professor Jim Marshall, Liverpool University.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
This field trip was originally scheduled for Wednesday 25 March. However, due to flooding in the area, has been postponed to Wednesday 20 May. 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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
Instead of our usual meeting at Broadmayne Village Hall, we shall be hosting a number of virtual, online presentations: Corsica Holiday Rocks 2020 part 1 Holiday Rocks 2020 part 2 Holiday Rocks 2020 part 3 Explore the Geology and Terrain of Dorset Mining in the Newlands Valley, CumbriaFind out more »
This is a 7 km walk which includes the geology of Newton Cove, Nothe Fort and Gardens, the Outer Harbour, the shops in St Mary's Street and St Thomas Street, the Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle. As things stand at the moment we will do this walk in small groups of six or less. The cost will be £2. Please get in touch with our field Officer Val Fogarty if you wish to come on this trip. This walk is…Find out more »