Geoconservation Day, Saltwells Local Nature Reserve.
Geoconservation Day, Saltwells Local Nature Reserve. 10.30 - 2.30
Saturday 1 December (Geoconservation Day): Saltwells Local Nature Reserve. Meet at the Nature Reserve car park (Grid ref: SJ 934 868) on Saltwells Lane at 10.30. Wear old work clothes, waterproofs and stout footwear. Please bring gloves and garden tools: hand brushes, trowels, loppers, secateurs, forks and spades if you have them. Either bring packed lunch or hot food can be acquired from the Saltwells Inn adjacent to the car park. Finish at 2.30.
Indoor Meeting, 7.00 for 7.30 start, Members' Evening - Christmas Social and Quiz!
Indoor Meeting, 7.00 for 7.30 start, Members' Evening - Christmas Social and Quiz! 7.00 -
Monday 10 December (Indoor Meeting, 7.00 for 7.30 start): Members' Evening - Christmas Social and Quiz! This is our annual chance for members to share their geological experiences in a sociable atmosphere with a Christmas buffet provided by the Society. Following the success of last year’s quiz (which was postponed due to adverse weather) we will be asking you once again to get into teams, put your thinking caps on and be prepared to answer a mix of geological and Black Country themed questions – something for everyone, and no pressure! Please also bring along your geological specimens for admiration, discussion and identification as usual.
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.