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

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August 2018

Field Trip to the Mendips

9th August 2018
Layby about 300 yards South East of St Hugh’s Church, Charterhouse., St Hughs Church
Charterhouse, Somerset BS40 7XR United Kingdom
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Although our last trip was only last week, the August trip is early in the month. It will be led by Martin Gledhill who has local interest and knowledge. The trip is 5 mile walk but follows a figure of eight route with the cars parked in the centre of the eight. The first loop of the walk is only a mile and a half long and would be ideal for anyone who doesn't feel up to the full 5…

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September 2018

Mendips Natural Resources

18th September 2018 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Peter Thomas Lecture Theatre,, Wells Cathedral School (WCS), The Liberty
Wells, Somerset BA5 2ST United Kingdom
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£3.00

A talk by Geologist David Rowley from Wells Cathedral School to discover more about Mendip's unique geo resources. Parking available at Wells Cathedral School. Tickets £3 donation. Max 40. Booking

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Charterhouse History and Blackdown Industrial Archaeology Walk

30th September 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Charterhouse Outdoor Activity Centre, Charterhouse
Bristol, Somerset BS40 7XR
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Join Dr Andrew Newton to discover the fascinating history of the Mendip Lead and other history on this walk of ~ 6miles. Drinks/waterproofs. Parking at AONB Car Park, Charterhouse Activity Centre, ST505 556. Sunday 30th Sept - 10.00am to 2pm Guided Walk Max 25. Booking

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October 2018

Burrington Combe Geo Walk

13th October 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Burrington Inn, Burrington Inn, Burrington Combe
Bristol, Somerset BS40 7AT United Kingdom
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Explore the carboniferous series rocks in the Combe with Dr Peter Hardy. Geo walk to discover the geological history of the Burrington rocks, from oldest to youngest carboniferous rocks as we walk up the Combe. Parking in lower car park of Burrington Combe/Burrington Inn. BS40 7AU. Max 15. Saturday 13th Oct - 2pm-4.30pm An Earth Science Week event Booking

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Somerset Coal Field Walk Radstock: Middle Pit and Clandown

14th October 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
£3.00

A walk with Richard Frost and the Mendip Society around the industrial remains of the Somerset Coal Field. Remains of old mines, batches & railways. Some moderate climbs/descents, stiles, may be muddy in places. Parking near to Radstock Museum, BA3 3EP. Walking boots/shoes, approx. 5 miles. Donations £3pp. An Earth Science Week Event Booking

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Batts Combe Quarry Tour: a Limestone Legacy

16th October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Batts Combe Quarry, Batts Combe Quarry, Warrens Hill
Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3LR
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£5

A guided tour with Hanson UK to view inside this Burrington Oolite quarry, a mineral very valuable as a pure limestone for animal feed, toothpaste and many industrial fillers. Wear boots, long sleeves, no shorts, safety wear provided. Meet at Batts Combe Quarry office car park, Warrens Hill, Cheddar, BS27 3LR. Limited places. Charge £5pp. Booking for 10:00am-12:00pm

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Batts Combe Quarry Tour: a Limestone Legacy

16th October 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Batts Combe Quarry, Batts Combe Quarry, Warrens Hill
Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3LR
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£5.00

A guided tour with Hanson UK to view inside this Burrington Oolite quarry, a mineral very valuable as a pure limestone for animal feed, toothpaste and many industrial fillers. Wear boots, long sleeves, no shorts, safety wear provided. Meet at Batts Combe Quarry office car park, Warrens Hill, Cheddar, BS27 3LR. Limited places. Charge £5pp. Booking An Earth Science Week Event

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Charles Moore and his Fossils

17th October 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN United Kingdom
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Matt Williams, BRLSI Collections Manager In 1854 Charles Moore joined the BRLSI and deposited his already substantial collections of fossils to be exhibited ‘for the Public Benefit’. On his death in 1881, the BRLSI purchased Moore’s collection from his widow for more than £1000. Now recognised as internationally important, this unique collection is still yielding new scientific discoveries and, now well cared for, is sure to inspire a deeper appreciation of geology and the history of life in future generations.…

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Halecombe Quarry Geology

18th October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Somerset Earth Science Centre, Somerset Earth Science Centre Moon's Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael
Radstock, Somerset BA3 5JU
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£5.00

A rare chance to see inside this working limestone quarry and explore the rock exposures with Dr Ian Brewer, Senior Geologist with Tarmac. For 16yrs and over. Charge £5 pp. Wear boots, long sleeves, no shorts, safety wear provided. Limited places 10 per tour. Booking Parking at Somerset Earth Science Centre (SESC), for minibus tour. Please arrive 15 mins prior to start promptly. Info: Gill Odolphie 01749 840156 An Earth Science Week Event

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Halecombe Quarry Geology

18th October 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Somerset Earth Science Centre, Somerset Earth Science Centre Moon's Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael
Radstock, Somerset BA3 5JU
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£5.00

A rare chance to see inside this working limestone quarry and explore the rock exposures with Dr Ian Brewer, Senior Geologist with Tarmac. For 16yrs and over. Charge £5 pp. Wear boots, long sleeves, no shorts, safety wear provided. Limited places 10 per tour. Booking Parking at Somerset Earth Science Centre (SESC), for minibus tour. Please arrive 15 mins prior to start promptly. Info: Gill Odolphie 01749 840156 An Earth Science Week Event

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Explore Ebbor Gorge Family Fun Day

21st October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve, Ebbor Gorge National Trust Car Park Somerset United Kingdom + Google Map

Fun packed family day of sand pit 'fossil digs’, story-telling, guided walks to gorge and caves and much more to reveal the reserve’s unique geology and rare archaeological finds. With Mendip Hills AONB, SESC, The Mendip Society and Natural England. Family activities/rocks and fossils. Refreshments. Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve, ST 520 484. Car park on Priddy to Wookey road. No need to book. An Earth Science Week Event

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Festival Finale at Wells Museum: Geo resources in our lives

28th October 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wells and Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green
Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE United Kingdom
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£15.00

A day of inspiring talks and lunch, celebrating the finale of Mendip Rocks 2018. Speakers include: Prof Chris King “Mining for Diamonds” Doug Robinson (Bristol University) – “Wells City Building Heritage – a 350 million year old story” Other speakers tbc Also: Local fossil collections on display and view the “Mendip Rocks! Box”. Raffle £15 to include ploughman’s lunch, tea and cake. Booking

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August 2019

Mendip Rocks! 2019

10th August 2019 - 20th October 2019

A festival of events celebrating the 450 million year geology of the Mendip Hills! View/Download

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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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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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April 2020

CANCELLED Portishead

25th April 2020 @ 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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July 2021

In the Footsteps of William Smith

July 25
Monkton Combe, Village Hall
Monkton Combe, Somerset BA2 7HB
£2

Portrait of William Smith aged 68 (courtesy of The Geological Society)   This walk has been rescheduled from an original date in October 2021.   William Smith came up with many of his ideas while working as surveyor on the Somerset Coal Canal from 1793 to 99, including the idea for making the world's first geological map.   We shall more or less follow the course of his old canal from Combe Hay to Monkton Combe, and visit several places…

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