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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April 2019

Ringstead Bay Field-trip

April 18 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Ringstead Bay, Ringstead Bay Dorset United Kingdom + Google Map

Starting from the main (lower) car park at 10.30 a.m. At this location there is an opportunity to view the Jurassic-Cretaceous unconformity and the basal Kimmeridge Clay. We will then work down the Corallian sequence as far as the Osmington Oolite at Bran Point. As usual, sign up with Alan or Kelvin if you'd like to come along.

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May 2019

Glamorgan Heritage Coast: DGAG Residential weekend

May 3 - May 5
Premier Inn, Premier Inn, Pencoed
Bridgend, CF35 5HY United Kingdom
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DGAG Residential weekend 2019 This year we are visiting the Glamorgan Heritage Coast (south-east Wales). Dates: Fri.3rd May to Sunday 5th May. Some may want to stay over Sunday night and do more on Monday. Leaders: John Scott and Kelvin Huff Come and view the results of Dinantian storms (Lower Carboniferous), the effects of the Variscan and later orogenies, Triassic desert wadis and lakes where early dinosaurs roamed. See the Triassic/Jurassic boundary and unconformities, a rare Jurassic rocky shoreline and…

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GeoWeek 2019

May 4 - May 12

Active Geoscience 4-12 May Get involved - run a GeoWeek event https://www.geoweek.org.uk https://www.bgs.ac.uk/geoweek

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Lyme Regis Earth, Sea and Fossil Festival

May 4 - May 5
Lyme Regis Lyme Regis, Dorset United Kingdom + Google Map

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2019, will be held from Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 May. To reflect current initiatives and concerns it is rebranded as the Earth, Sea and Fossil Festival and will have talks and events in the run-up to, and throughout, the festival reflecting this. For the latest information, events and bookings see: www.fossilfestival.co.uk

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June 2019

Hay Tor and other Dartmoor locations

June 20

Igneous rocks and weathering. The trip will cover locations such as Hay Tor, looking at the geological and geomorphological features of the granite. There will also be visits to localities looking at the evolution of tors and a chance to view the metamorphic aureole and contact zone. If you wish to attend please contact Alan or Kelvin and we'll add you to the list and provide further details.

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July 2019

Lyme Regis

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Led by Geoff Townson. Walking to Pinhay Bay, then to the Cobb, then building stones in Lyme, then the Church Cliffs sea defences. We will start the Field Trip at 10.30 a.m. from outside the Boat Building Academy. So, meet at 10 a.m. in Holmbush Car Park. (Pound St, Lyme Regis DT7 3HX, £2 all day) Geoff can take people down at 10.10 (Land Rover can take 10 + Geoff), .  You will  need a packed lunch (12.30) & hardhats…

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Fleet Lagoon Walk

July 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Moonfleet Manor Hotel, Moonfleet Manor, Fleet Road
Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4ED United Kingdom
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An opportunity to park and meet at the Moonfleet Manor Hotel for a brief introductory talk followed by a walk to some classic locations on the East Fleet shore, including permissive access to Herbury. For details and booking (limited places) see: https://jurassiccoast.org/shop/fleet-lagoon-walks/ £5 per person. Half-price for Jurassic Coast Trust Members

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Fossil Fayre at the Square and Compass

July 27 - July 28
The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers, The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Swanage, Dorset BH19 3LF United Kingdom
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Unfortunately, the Fossil Fayre has been cancelled. It is hoped to reschedule at a later date. When this happens, we would anticipate that  both the Dorset Geologists' Association Group (DGAG) and Dorset's Important Geological Sites (DIGS) will be still be represented.

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August 2019

Wessex OUGS Field Workshop on Graphical Logging, Upwey

August 11 @ 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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Portishead – Postponed until further notice

August 17 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Portishead BS20 7HU United Kingdom + Google Map

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…

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