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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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.Find out more »
Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leaders: Sam Scriven and Chris Readman. For further details and booking see Wessex OUGS Events.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
Combined OUGS/DIGS field trip/geoconservation work party. Leader: Alan Holiday. Further details and booking from Wessex OUGS Events.Find out more »
Virtual Fossil Festival Coming Soon! Launch Date Saturday October 24th! The Great Bindon Landslip - Finally a Working Model?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 »
Wessex OUGS Field Trip: Leader Alan Holiday. Further details and booking from Wessex OUGS Events.Find out more »
The Geologists' Association first Virtual Festival of Geology is now live and this year it’s easy to attend from wherever in the world you are! We have our regular displays from Local societies, museums exhibits and tours. There are geological traders and the GA will be offering special Festival prices for GA Guides. There are 4 Lectures which will have a live Q & A afterwards. Don't forget to take a look at the fabulous entries of the 2020 GA…Find out more »
Provisionally booked at the Hotel Rembrant, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7JU. More details and booking arrangements to follow...Find out more »
Because of Covid-restrictions, our usual Christmas Workshop at Broadmayne Village Hall cannot take place. Instead, here are online presentations, which we hope will be of interest to DGAG Members, and others. Introduction to Fossils Fossils Fossil Assemblages Redcliff Geology Field TripFind out more »
Because of National Covid-restrictions, our usual AGM at Broadmayne Village Hall cannot take place. Instead, there will be an online AGM via Zoom videoconferencing. Connection details will be emailed directly to Members.Find out more »
Carbonate concretions in the Jurassic Coast. Lecture by Professor Jim Marshall, Liverpool University.Find 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. We will look at the different types of rocks used in the buildings and facings of shops which includes igneous and metamorphic rock types. As things stand at the moment we will do this walk in small groups of six or less. The cost…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 »
This field trip was originally scheduled for 2020. However, due to a combination of COVID and flooding in the area, had to be postponed. DGAG Field Trip: Steve Hannath is taking us on a 5 mile walk in the Vale of Wardour. Then lunch at the Wyndham Arms in Dinton. Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, we will no longer be able to visit the quarry at Chicksgrove. As we need to order our food before the day members should book…Find out more »
This is a field-trip postponed from 2019. The original plan is outlined below: Meet at 10.30 am at the western end of the esplanade at Portishead (café and toilets, see map). Nearest postcode to meet location: BS20 7HU. Then walk SW along the Severn Estuary foreshore looking at Devonian Old Red Sandstone 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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
This field-trip is led by DGAG members Bob Chandler and John Whicher. It is to compare the Oolitic limestone beds in two quarries. Frogden Quarry which is still used by Sherborne Stone and Louse Hill Quarry which is a disused quarry on the way towards Bradford Abbas. The quarry manager for Sherborne Stone has very kindly agreed to open up the stoneworks yard at the weekend to show us how the stone is cut. The trip finishes in Bradford Abbas…Find out more »
DGAG Residential Weekend. We will be visiting the Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark on the weekend of the 3rd to 6th September 2021. Please note that this is a change from the original dates in 2020. 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 »