Geoconservation Day, Lickey Hills, Barnt Green Road Quarry
Geoconservation Day, Lickey Hills, Barnt Green Road Quarry 10.30 - 2.00
Sunday 20 January (Geoconservation Day): Lickey Hills, Barnt Green Road Quarry. Clearance session in conjunction with the Lickey Hills Geo-Champions, directed by Lickey Hills Ranger team, Lickey Hills CP. Meet at 10.30 at the Lickey Hills Visitor Centre, Warren Lane, B45 8ER. Bring hard hats if you have them, gloves and a packed lunch. (Some hard hats available at the VC if required.) Wear old clothes and strong footwear. Tools provided. Finish at 2.00. Significant progress has been made recently at this quarry by the Geo-Champions group and other researchers, with new finds and new interpretation. The site is also included in a geology App (see Newsletter 249, June 2018 p.13 for more on this). Download the App 'Voyager BrooksDesigns', come along to help with the endless task of keeping the rock-face clear, then perhaps have a go at the 'Lickey Ridge' voyage.
Indoor Meeting, 'The Piltdown Man hoax – a skeleton in the cupboard'
Indoor Meeting, 'The Piltdown Man hoax – a skeleton in the cupboard' 7.30 -
Monday 21 January 2019 (Indoor Meeting): 'The Piltdown Man hoax – a skeleton in the cupboard'. Speaker: Dr Colin Prosser, Head Geologist, Natural England. The Piltdown hoax is perhaps the best known case of scientific forgery in the world and has been the subject of hundreds of papers, books, articles, press reports and web-pages. This talk describes the fascinating story of the hoax but also reveals the amazing, and until recently ‘forgotten’, story of the site of the Piltdown ‘finds’ - an embarrassing skeleton in the science and conservation cupboard.
Saturday 16 February 2019 (Geoconservation Day): Wren's Nest. Directed by the reserve wardens. Meet at the Wardens' office on the former Mons Hill College site at 10.30. The day will involve some scrub clearance and fossil hunting not far from the Warden’s base. Bring gloves, stout footwear and a packed lunch. Wardens provide tools, hard hats if necessary and a hot drink. Finish around 2.30.
Monday 18 February (Indoor Meeting): 'Turning Soil into Stone'. Speaker: Dr Steve Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer in Engineering Geology, University of Wolverhampton. Applied geo-microbial technologies are developing fast. We know from historical observation that micro-organisms have affected the properties and behaviours of the ground. In this talk we explore whether we can direct the actions of micro-organisms for engineering/design purposes.