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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POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE We will keep you updated as soon as new arrangements are put into place. 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…Find out more »
Led by Geoff Townson, visiting Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton. Further details to follow.Find out more »
The 2019 Hampshire Mineral and Fossil Show will be the 30th that SMFS have organised since the first held on Saturday 29th September 1990 at the Avenue Hall in Southampton. Offers of help with the DGAG and DIGS displays would be very welcome 😉 Doors open to the public at 10:00 and the Show finishes at 16:30. Admission is only £1 for adults with accompanied children and Junior RockWatch members free (show membership card). The Show is in…Find out more »
Talk on the evolution and behaviour of cephalopods and how to get involved with citizen science research. Suggested £5 donation on the door. Dr. Gavan Cooke is a behavioural ecologist and evolutionary biologist at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. His talk will encompass the evolution of cephalopods from the extinct ammonites to the present-day cuttlefish and octopus. Ammonites are the most familiar of fossils and were abundant in our seas 240 million years ago making them a common find along…Find out more »
Have your say on the Jurassic Coast! As part of the process to create their new Partnership Plan, the document which will guide management of the World Heritage Site for the next five years, the Jurassic Coast Trust is holding a series of free drop-in consultation days across Dorset and East Devon. JCT staff will be on hand at each location to talk through the new Plan and answer any questions you might have about it. The Plan encompasses everything…Find out more »
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 »
An invigorating walk to the top of the highest point on England’s south coast – Golden Cap in West Dorset. This walk begins at Golden Cap Holiday Park at 10:30am, and will take you up and over Golden Cap itself, from where you can take in spectacular views across the Jurassic Coast. The walk will also take in the ruins of St. Gabriel’s Church, and the “secret beach” of St. Gabriel’s Mouth if access is available. Returning via the easier walking…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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,…Find out more »
Lecture by Dr Sarah Boulton (University of Plymouth) Wednesday October 9 Dorset County Hall 7 pmFind out more »
Earth Science Week is an annual international celebration of the geology all around us. Through public events like geowalks, hands on activities, talks and open days, organisations and individuals aim to raise public awareness of geology and how it affects our lives.Find 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 »