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.

Get involved! For geoconservation work parties, see the Dorset's Important Geological Sites (DIGS) events list.

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March 2020

Mid-Palaeocene Hebridean Igneous Province

6th March 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Janet Watson Lecture Theatre, The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1V 0JU United Kingdom

Environments and Landscapes during the development of the Mid-Palaeocene Hebridean Igneous Province, NW Scotland. By Dr. Ian T. Williamson If you cannot make it in to London you can live stream through this link geolsoc.adobeconnect.com/ga2003/     This will be live from 6 pm. View/Download  

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The surface of Mars: ancient and modern processes on the Red Planet

11th March 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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The surface of Mars: ancient and modern processes on the Red Planet. Lecture by Dr Joel Davis (ExoMars, Natural History Museum)

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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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Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton

29th March 2020

Lower and Middle Triassic Rocks. Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leaders Prof. John Mather and Dr. Jenny Bennett Further details and booking from Wessex OUGS Events

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April 2020

CANCELLED Portishead

25th April 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Portishead BS20 7HU United Kingdom + Google Map

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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May 2020

GeoWeek 2020

9th May 2020 - 17th May 2020

Active GeoScience. GeoWeek is a new initiative, launched in 2018, that aims to promote 'active geoscience' via a 'week' of field trip activities taking place across the UK and Northern Ireland between 9–17 May 2020. GeoWeek seeks to introduce as many members of the public to geoscience as possible, mainly through outdoor activities such as urban, rural or coastal field trips.

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June 2020

Chichester Harbour

14th June 2020

Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leader David Bone. For further details and booking see Wessex OUGS Events

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July 2020


5th July 2020

Dorset geology, archaeology and history. Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leader Kelvin Huff. Further details and booking from Wessex OUGS Events.

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September 2020


6th September 2020

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.

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CANCELLED Lyme Regis: Geology and Fossils

20th September 2020

Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leaders: Sam Scriven and Chris Readman. For further details and booking see Wessex OUGS Events.

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October 2020

Sidmouth Science Festival ONLINE

9th October 2020 - 18th October 2020
Sidmouth Sidmouth, Devon United Kingdom + Google Map

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…

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CANCELLED Conservation on a Dorset RIGS

18th October 2020

Combined OUGS/DIGS field trip/geoconservation work party. Leader: Alan Holiday. Further details and booking from Wessex OUGS Events.

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Lyme Regis Fossil Festival ONLINE

24th October 2020 - 26th October 2020
Lyme Regis Lyme Regis, Dorset United Kingdom

Virtual Fossil Festival Coming Soon! Launch Date Saturday October 24th! The Great Bindon Landslip - Finally a Working Model?

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Holiday Rocks! ONLINE

24th October 2020 - 24th November 2020

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, Cumbria

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November 2020

CANCELLED Bowleaze Cove: Introduction to geology

1st November 2020
Bowleaze Cove Dorset United Kingdom

Wessex OUGS Field Trip: Leader Alan Holiday. Further details and booking from Wessex OUGS Events.

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Virtual Festival of Geology

7th November 2020 - 14th November 2020

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…

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CANCELLED DGAG Annual Dinner 2020

28th November 2020
Hotel Rembrandt, Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt, 12-18 Dorchester Road
Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7JU United Kingdom
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Provisionally booked at the Hotel Rembrant, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7JU. More details and booking arrangements to follow...

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December 2020

Christmas Workshop – Online

12th December 2020 @ 10:00 am - 19th December 2020 @ 5:00 pm

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 Trip

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January 2021

DGAG Annual General Meeting

9th January 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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.

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February 2021

Carbonate concretions in the Jurassic Coast

10th February 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10th March 2021 @ 8:30 pm

Carbonate concretions in the Jurassic Coast. Lecture by Professor Jim Marshall, Liverpool University.

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