Saturday 2 March (Geoconservation Day): Barrow Hill. Directed by Mark Williams. Meet at 10.30 on Vicarage Lane off High Street, Pensnett (A4101), at the top end near the nature reserve and St. Mark's Church. The day will involve vegetation clearance in the East Quarry. Bring gloves, stout footwear and a packed lunch, and (if possible) tools such as loppers, saws, and rakes for vegetation, and stiff brushes/trowels for rock faces. Finish around 2.30.
Monday 18 March (Indoor Meeting, 7.00 for 7.30 start): AGM followed by 'Rock along the Cut'. Speaker: Andrew Jenkinson. The canal system in Birmingham and the Black Country was included in William Smith's first geological map of England & Wales in 1815, because at the time, canals had been developed to a greater extent than the road and rail networks. Canals in B&BC were developed to better exploit products from the earth such as iron ore, coal and limestone, based on geological knowledge. Canals enabled these products to be moved more easily from one place to another.
Field Meeting, Quaternary of the Severn Valley in Shropshire
Field Meeting, Quaternary of the Severn Valley in Shropshire 10.30 -
Saturday 6 April (Field Meeting): Quaternary of the Severn Valley in Shropshire, led by David Pannett (Shropshire Geological Society). Meet at 10.30 at Lyth Hill car park, GR: SJ476072 (off A5 onto A49 south, after half a mile right fork into Bayston Hill, then straight ahead to the top of Lyth Hill). Introduction to Shropshire Plain, then back to A5 and on to Bicton (David’s house) for refreshment and use of facilities. Further briefing at Merton SY3 8BT. Tour of glacial landscape via Bicton, Preston Montford, Shrawardine, and Melverley pub stop (if wanted) and tea at Melverley church, time permitting.
Indoor Meeting, 'Europe's Lost World: The Rediscovery of Doggerland'
Indoor Meeting, 'Europe's Lost World: The Rediscovery of Doggerland' 7.30 -
Monday 15 April (Indoor Meeting): 'Europe's Lost World: The Rediscovery of Doggerland'. Speaker: Professor Vince Gaffney MBE FSA, Anniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology, University of Bradford. 8,500 years ago the area that now forms the southern North Sea was dry land. By 5,500 BC the entire area had disappeared beneath the sea as a consequence of rising sea levels. The 'North Sea Palaeolandscape Project' has mapped 23,000 km2 of this 'lost world' using seismic data collected for mineral exploration. In mapping this exceptional landscape the project has begun to provide an insight into the historic impact of the last great phase of global warming experienced by modern man and to assess the significance of the massive loss of European land that occurred as a consequence of climate change.