Geoconservation Day, Portway Hill, Blue Rock Quarries
Geoconservation Day, Portway Hill, Blue Rock Quarries 10.30 - 2.30
Saturday 6 October (Geoconservation Day): Portway Hill, Blue Rock Quarries, Rowley. Meet at St Brades Close at 10.30. Directions: from Birmingham New Road (A4123) turn left on to Tower Road if coming from Birmingham, right if coming from Wolverhampton. Just after Bury Hill park, turn left onto St Brades Close. Wear old clothes, waterproofs and stout footwear. Please bring gloves and tools: spades, brushes, trowels, loppers, saws etc. We aim to excavate and expose more of the dolerite. Also bring a packed lunch. Finish at 2.30.
Indoor Meeting, 'Catastrophic Volcanoes'. Speaker: Sebastian Watt.
Indoor Meeting, 'Catastrophic Volcanoes'. Speaker: Sebastian Watt. 7.30 -
Monday 15 October (Indoor Meeting): 'Catastrophic Volcanoes'. Speaker: Sebastian Watt, lecturer in Earth Sciences, University of Birmingham. Volcanic eruptions have the capacity to cause extreme destruction, but the impact of individual events is not always simply related to their size. In this talk, Sebastian will use past examples to explore some of the factors that lead to volcanic catastrophes, and discuss how our capacity to forecast and mitigate the impacts of such events has changed in recent decades.
Saturday 3 November (Geoconservation Day): Wren's Nest. Directed by the Reserve wardens. Meet at the Wardens' house on the Mons Hill College ground at 10.30. The day will involve scrub clearance followed by a fossil hunt a little walk from the Wardens' base. Bring gloves, stout footwear and packed lunch. Wardens will provide tools, hard hats if necessary and a hot drink. Finish around 2.30.
Building Stones of Birmingham from the Bullring to Grand Central, led by Julie Schroder.
Building Stones of Birmingham from the Bullring to Grand Central, led by Julie Schroder. 6.15 -
Monday 12 November (Evening Field Meeting and 'social'): Building Stones of Birmingham from the Bullring to Grand Central, led by Julie Schroder. Meet 6.00 for 6.15 by the Bull statue ('The Guardian') at the head of St. Martin's Walk, near the Rotunda. Following our walk earlier this year around the Victorian civic heart of Birmingham, Ray Pratt from the Geol Soc WM group asked Julie to lead another walk, this time around the shops. This walk will focus mainly on the newer developments which have brought some fabulous geology to the retail heart of Birmingham. It is mostly inside - so no need to worry about the weather or the dark! The walk will closely follow the last section of the web-based version of Birmingham Building Stones Trail 3, which you can find on our web site here: bcgs.info/pub/local-geology/building-stone-trails/ There is also a pdf which you can download or print, but the web version has maps, additional photos, and gives more detail of the route we will follow through the Bullring. Following the walk we will retire to a local pub for refreshments. Numbers limited to 20. Booking essential via Ray Pratt from the Geol Soc WM. Text: 07867785779 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 19 November (Indoor Meeting): 'Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark'. Speaker: Georgia Jacobs. The talk will include initiatives undertaken at A&MH Geopark visitor centres and the annual summer programme of Geofest activities. There will be a range of display materials, including textiles based upon exhibitions at Bewdley Museum, plus textile sample books and a photograph album showing the last few years of Geofest activities.