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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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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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October 2018

Crack Lane Quarry conservation

21st October 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Crack Lane Quarry, Crack Lane
Langton Matravers, Dorset
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An opportunity to study a geologically and historically important site. In the morning we shall carry out conservation work on this exposure of Purbeck Limestone of the Lower Cretaceous.  This is a shelly limestone (Broken Shell Limestone or Burr) used for building and the famous Purbeck Marble was extracted. Lunch will be taken in Worth Matravers where Mr Charlie Newman will demonstrate how he recreates replica oilshale decorative armlets of the Bronze Age and Iron Age using a pole lathe…

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November 2018

Bowleaze Cove: An Introduction to Geology

11th November 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Bowleaze Cove Dorset United Kingdom + Google Map

This annual visit with an excellent teacher gives a superb introduction to new geology students, and a valuable refresher to the rest of us. This part of the Jurassic coast is of interest for its stratigraphy, fossils, and environmental features. Field Trip (Day) Leader: Alan Holiday Booking

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January 2019

Our Changing World

19th January 2019 @ 10:10 am - 3:45 pm
The D’Urberville Centre, The D’Urberville Centre, Colliers Lane
Wool, Dorset BH20 6DL United Kingdom
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Programme of talks and AGM of the Wessex OUGS. Non-members welcome but please don't vote at the AGM! The charge for the whole day, including lunch, is £8 per person (NB: no charge for the AGM) 10.10am Registration 10.30am Dr Giles Droop - 'Continental collision in the Alps' 11.30am Dr Steve Sweetman - 'The vertebrate faunas of the Wealden and Purbeck groups' 12.40pm Buffet lunch (provided by committee and friends) 1.30pm AGM (agenda is available in the member's area) 2.20pm…

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August 2019

Wessex OUGS Field Workshop on Graphical Logging, Upwey

11th August 2019 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

An opportunity to practise geological field skills with an experienced OU geologist, Dr Fiona Hyden. This workshop aims to give members a basic grounding and some practical experience in graphic logging techniques using an exposure of early Cretaceous, Purbeck strata rocks near Weymouth. The location is easily accessible and is on a bus route. For further details and booking arrangements see: Graphic Logging Wessex Branch OUGS

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September 2019

Clatworthy Reservoir, Brendon Hills, West Somerset

28th September 2019
Clatworthy Reservoir, Public Car Park at Clatworthy Reservoir
Clatworthy, Somerset TA4 2EJ United Kingdom
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Local Geology Site (LGS) Conservation. This Field Trip (Day) is a continuation of the clearance work started at this Local Geology Site last Summer. We hope to reveal more of the geological structure of the site. This is a Local Geology Site consisting of three locations by Clatworthy Reservoir. Last year we cleared vegetation and soil from the outcrops to reveal a previously unknown fault within the Devonian Morte Slates. The plan now is to continue the clearance and also…

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Geology and Fossils, Lyme Regis

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

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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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

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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June 2020

Chichester Harbour

14th June 2020

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

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July 2020


5th July 2020

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


6th September 2020

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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CANCELLED Lyme Regis: Geology and Fossils

20th September 2020

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

CANCELLED Conservation on a Dorset RIGS

18th October 2020

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

CANCELLED Bowleaze Cove: Introduction to geology

1st November 2020
Bowleaze Cove Dorset United Kingdom

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

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