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: email@example.com
More contact details are available on our Contact us page.
Updated 21 February 2017. Members please check your email for any last minute changes
Events in March–April 2017
Geoconservation Day - Portway Hill, Rowley
Geoconservation Day - Portway Hill, Rowley 10:30 - 2:00
Saturday 4 March (Geoconservation Day): Portway Hill, 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 work clothes, waterproofs and stout footwear. Please bring gloves and spades, brushes and trowels for another session at this important site. Bring packed lunch. Finish at 2.30.
Map to Rowley Quarry
AGM + Volcanics in Costa Rica
AGM + Volcanics in Costa Rica 7:00 -
Monday 20 March 2017 (Indoor meeting 7.00 for 7.30 start): AGM + 'Volcanics in Costa Rica'. Speaker: Andy Harrison.
Map to Dudley Archives
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 -