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 and Zoom meetings 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 address on the Contacts page).

Any non-members wishing to attend our virtual meetings should contact our Meetings Secretary for instructions (email address on the Contacts page).

Other contact details are also available on our Contact us page.

Updated 9 February 2024.

Members please check your email for any last minute changes.

Recordings of some of our virtual talks can be found on our YouTube channel.


Events in February–March 2024

  • 19 February (1 event)
    'A very British summer in the late Triassic: the Arden Sandstone Formation of the English West Midlands and the dawn of the dinosaurs'

    'A very British summer in the late Triassic: the Arden Sandstone Formation of the English West Midlands and the dawn of the dinosaurs'   7.30 -

    Monday 19 February (Indoor Meeting): 'A very British summer in the late Triassic: the Arden Sandstone Formation of the English West Midlands and the dawn of the dinosaurs'. Speaker Prof. Stuart Burley.

    The Arden Sandstone Formation of central and western England is a thin but conspicuous arenaceous unit within the Late Triassic Mercia Mudstone Group. Sedimentological and palaeontological data point to lacustrine depositional conditions, in contrast to the red desert mudstones above and below which were deposited as continental dryland desert floodplains. The Arden Sandstone records deposits of the lake margins and may be the high stand lateral equivalent of the halite and gypsum deposits which formed in the lake centre. The Carnian age of the Arden Sandstone potentially links it to the Carnian Pluvial Episode, marking the coalescence, spread and freshening of the formerly saline desert lakes, and deposition of sandy, fluvial and lacustrine deposits during the wetter climate that prevailed for at least a million years.
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  • 24 February (1 event)
    Geoconservation Day at the Wren's Nest. Please note amended date.

    Geoconservation Day at the Wren's Nest. Please note amended date.   10.30 - 2.30

    Saturday 24 February (Geoconservation Day): Wren's Nest. Directed by the reserve wardens. Meet at 10.30 at the wardens' office at the end of Fossil View, off Wren's Hill Road (GR: SO 93699 92118). Park along Fossil View. The day will involve scrub clearance. Bring gloves, stout footwear and packed lunch. Wardens will provide tools, hard hats if necessary and a hot drink. Finish around 2.30.
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  • 9 March (1 event)
    Geoconservation Day at Saltwells National Nature Reserve

    Geoconservation Day at Saltwells National Nature Reserve   10.00 - 2.30

    Saturday 9 March 2024 (Geoconservation Day): Saltwells National Nature Reserve. TBC whether these works will be undertaken under the guidance of the reserve wardens or on our own. It is therefore imperative that you inform the field secretary of your intention to attend these works. Meet at the Nature Reserve car park (grid ref: SO933869) on Saltwells Lane, 9.45 for a 10.00 start. Wear old work clothes, waterproofs and stout footwear or wellies. Please bring gloves and garden tools: hand brushes, trowels, loppers, secateurs, forks and spades if you have them. Either bring a packed lunch or hot food can be obtained from the Saltwells Inn adjacent to the car park. Finish at 2.30.
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  • 18 March (1 event)
    NB start time. Indoor Meeting - AGM followed by 'Deep geological disposal of radioactive waste in the UK'.

    NB start time. Indoor Meeting - AGM followed by 'Deep geological disposal of radioactive waste in the UK'.   7.00 -

    Monday 18 March (Indoor Meeting): AGM followed by: 'Deep geological disposal of radioactive waste in the UK'. Speaker: Rachel Burgess.

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