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.

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Dorset Geologists' Association Group (DGAG), Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire.

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May 2021

Dartmoor

22nd May 2021
£2.00

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…

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June 2021

The Vale of Wardour and Pub Lunch

10th June 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
£2.00

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…

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Portishead

26th June 2021
Portishead BS20 7HU United Kingdom + Google Map

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…

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July 2021

Goat Island and the Slabs – Undercliffs NNR

10th July 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stepps Lane, Stepps Lane
Axmouth, Devon United Kingdom
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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…

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In the Footsteps of William Smith

25th July 2021
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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August 2021

Inferior Oolite Quarries near Sherborne

14th August 2021
£2

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…

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September 2021

The Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark

3rd September 2021 - 6th September 2021

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…

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October 2021

Fleet Lagoon Walk

9th October 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Moonfleet Manor Hotel, Moonfleet Manor, Fleet Road
Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4ED United Kingdom
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£2

A journey towards the core... of the Weymouth Anticline. The Fleet shore has a number of Geological Conservation Review (GCR) locations and includes Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with a geological focus. However, nearby parking is limited and there is restricted access to privately-owned parts of the shore. This walk, led by Geoff Rowland (DGAG) and Andrew Lawrence (Moonfleet Manor Hotel) provides an opportunity to park and meet at the Moonfleet Manor Hotel and visit some classic locations on…

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Holiday Rocks

23rd October 2021
Broadmayne Village Hall, Cowleaze Rd, Broadmayne
Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8EW
£2

Holiday Rocks: Geological talks at Broadmayne Village Hall. Tea and cake will be provided in the interval. Please let Kelvin know if you are attending as we need to plan refreshments. There will be a charge of £2 towards the costs of hall hire and refreshments. Any help with kitchen duties would also be appreciated.

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November 2021

Wimborne Minster

6th November 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wimborne Minster, High St, Wimborne Minster
Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1EB United Kingdom
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£2

The Minster authorities have agreed to private supervised DGAG Field Trip access into St Cuthburga’s Church, Wimborne from 3.00pm to 5.00pm Saturday 6th November accompanied by Minster Friends. Those booking should please meet at 2.15 pm in the North Porch with a brolly, if possibly wet, and outdoor clothing to quickly circumvent the exterior in an anti-clockwise manner to appreciate the range of stones used on site from Saxon times to the present. Binoculars or opera glasses useful. The interior…

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December 2021

Christmas Workshop

11th December 2021
Broadmayne Village Hall, Cowleaze Rd, Broadmayne
Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8EW
£3

Christmas Workshop with buffet lunch at Broadmayne Village Hall. 10.00am-3.00pm Booking required for display tables and/or lunch (£3). If you just turn up you'll still be very welcome but we can't guarantee there'll be lunch for you!

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January 2022

DGAG AGM

January 8

Annual General Meeting for the Dorset Geologists' Association Group. Given the current COVID uncertainty due to the Omicron variant, the AGM will be coducted as a virtual meeting via Zoom.

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February 2022

The Geological Structural Evolution of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Whites Rectory at the Dorset County Museum,, High West St
Dorchester, DT! 1XA United Kingdom
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£5

A Dorset Geologists' Association Group (DGAG) talk by Vincent Shepard Starting promptly at 7:00pm and finishing at 8:00pm on Thursday 24 Feb 2022. Venue: John Whites Rectory at the Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester DT11XA Lecture Entry Cost: £6 (£5 for DGAG members) collected on room entry Booking a seat: Contact DGAG events at email: cwebb48578@aol.com Booking will be on first request basis as the number of seats are limited. The wearing of masks is recommended as per…

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March 2022

Symondsbury Geowalk – RESCHEDULED

March 10 @ 10:15 am - 3:30 pm
£2

Rescheduled from March 3 due to bad weather. Please Email Richard Hallett to register and for further details. Non-members welcome; sorry…. no dogs.

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The Great Bindon Landslide Explained?

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Whites Rectory at the Dorset County Museum,, High West St
Dorchester, DT! 1XA United Kingdom
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£5

Dorset Geologists' Association Group (DGAG) will host a talk by Richard Edmonds on the 24 March 2022. Lecture Entry Cost: £6 (£5 for DGAG members) collected on room entry Booking will be on first request basis as the number of seats are limited The Great Bindon Landslide of 1839 is one of the most famous landslides in the world and yet there is, until now, no modern map or model to explain how it formed. New data from the South…

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April 2022

Geowalk from Corfe Castle

April 2
£2

The next geowalk is on Saturday 2nd April, start at 10:15am, finish by 3pm. To reserve a space please e-mail me with your mobile contact number (richard.rh.hallett@outlook.com) and I shall send you further details. What/Where: A circular walk along bridleways, footpaths and minor road from Corfe Castle westwards to Ridgeway Hill and Creech Barrow Hill and return. Purbeck Chalk ridge, Cenozoic rocks and geomorphology. Great views on a clear day. Contribution to DGAG Funds: £2. Distance: 11.5km. Ascent/Decent: 370m. Walk Grade:…

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Geology of the Sherborne Area

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dorset County Museum, High West St
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XA
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£5

Dorset Geologists' Association Group (DGAG) will host a talk on the 28 April 2022.  Title: Geology of the Sherborne Area Speaker: John Whicher (a lifelong member of GA) Time: Talk will start at 7pm; finish approximately 8pm Venue:  John Whites Rectory at the Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester DT1 1XA Lecture Entry Cost: £6 (£5 for DGAG members) collected on room entry  Booking a seat: Contact DGAG events at email: cwebb48578@aol.com  Booking will be on first request basis as the number of seats is limited

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May 2022

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

May 1
Lyme Regis Lyme Regis, Dorset United Kingdom

Welcome to the 2022 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival located on the world-famous Jurassic Coast. After two years of delivering the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival online, we are thrilled to be back in Lyme Regis town centre for a weekend of science, discovery and fun from Saturday April 30th – Sunday May 1st 2022! The coast around Lyme Regis and Charmouth is one of the most famous, significant and unique fossil sites in the World. It is the richest source of fossil…

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Geowalk 3: Acton – Langton Matravers – Dancing Ledge

May 5 @ 10:15 am - 3:00 pm
£2

Geowalk 3: Acton - Langton Matravers - Dancing Ledge The next geowalk is on Thursday 5th May, start at 10:15am, finish by 3pm. It is a group walk (max. 15), start and finish together. To reserve a space please e-mail me with your mobile contact number (richard.rh.hallett@outlook.com) and I shall send you further details. -------- What/Where: A circular walk along bridleways, footpaths and minor roads. Discover Spyway Barn, Dancing Ledge, Keates Quarry, Langton Matravers and Crack Lane Quarry. Geology: Purbeck…

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September 2022

North Somerset Coast – Weekend Residential

September 9 - September 11

Weekend Residential looking at the Triassic and Lower Jurassic. North Somerset coast (Kilve, Watchet, Blue Anchor and possibly Lilstock). Suggested accommodation is Minehead.

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