Programme of Events
Black Country Geological Society’s indoor meetings will be held during the winter months at the Abbey Room at the Dudley Archives, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ.
Unless otherwise stated, the Abbey Room will normally open at 7.30pm and lectures commence at 8.00pm.
Those wishing to attend field or geoconservation meetings please contact our Field Secretary, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More contact details are available on our Contact us page.
Updated 9 April 2017. Members please check your email for any last minute changes
Events in April–May 2017
Field Visit - Mortimer Forest
Field Visit - Mortimer Forest 9:30 -
Saturday 22 April (Field meeting): Mortimer Forest, Herefordshire/Shropshire Border, led by Paul Olver of the Woolhope Naturalists Field Club. Meet at 9.30 at the Forestry Commission car park at High Vinnals: GR 474 732 (south side of Ludlow - Wigmore road 3.5 miles from Ludlow). OS Landranger Map No. 137 (Church Stretton & Ludlow). Aim: to study the various Middle and Upper Silurian strata exposed within the well-known Mortimer Forest Trail west of Ludlow. These were laid down in a clear, warm, shallow sea stretching across the W. Midlands between what is now Charnwood Forest and a deeper ocean basin to the west. This is now occupied by the thick, folded and highly cleaved successions of mid-Wales. Conditions encouraged diversity of inarticulates, and examples of trilobites, brachiopods, nautiloids and corals may be found. The sea later became shallower and muddier, and thus less conducive to coral reef formation. The later Silurian rocks reveal good examples of zonal graptolites, orthoconic nautiloids and selected brachiopods. Lunch at a pub in Wigmore (or bring packed lunch). The Ludlow Anticline can be viewed from the nearby castle mound. This is the location of the Ice Age Lake Wigmore whose boundaries can easily be picked out from the viewpoint. Finally, we will return to the Mortimer Trail to examine further Silurian exposures. A study guide for the day will be provided.
Map to High Vinnals Forestry Commission car park, Mortimer Forest
A Teacher's View of Glacial Geology
A Teacher's View of Glacial Geology 7:30 -
Field Visit - Return to the Brymbo Fossil Forest
Field Visit - Return to the Brymbo Fossil Forest 10:00 - 3:30
Saturday 20 May (Field meeting): Return to the Brymbo Fossil Forest, Wrexham, led by Gary Brown (Brymbo Heritage Group). Meet at the new Brymbo Heritage Centre (www.brymboheritage.co.uk) for 10.00 (approx. GR: SJ 295 536). Directions: Please read these carefully and look at the Brymbo website. SatNav and digimaps may not have caught up with recent road developments. Take A483 for Wrexham, exit at J4 to go west on A525, signed Brymbo, Coedpoeth. Take second right towards Brymbo (1st right is just after the lights) on B5101 (Heritage Way). After approx. 1.5 miles take second exit at roundabout onto Pheonix Drive (B5101), then straight on at the next two roundabouts. At the fourth roundabout the Brymbo Heritage Centre is the first exit to the left. Brymbo Heritage Centre is located approx. 200 yards south of Brymbo Enterprise Centre postcode: LL11 5BT (Blast Road, Brymbo). Things have moved on since our last visits in 2007 and 2009, to house this amazingly preserved fossil forest from the Late Carboniferous Coal Measures. With help from the Prince’s Regeneration Trust a plan has been put in place for the iron works, colliery and the fossil forest, which now has its own visitor centre. The morning will mostly concern the fossil forest. Lunch at the neighbouring cafe or bring a packed lunch. Afternoon session from 1.15 will focus on the iron works and colliery and the plans for their restoration. Finish around 3.30.
Map to Brymbo Fossil Forest, Wrexham