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SGS Fieldtrips

Arrangements for meeting are given in the latest Newsletter. Anyone wishing to attend should telephone or email the co-ordinator for the meeting you wish to attend, as shown in the programme below, at least 48 hours in advance of the activity. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time to enable all administration to be completed, to avoid delaying the start of the trip.

All participants are registered on the understanding that they agree to comply with the Society's Fieldwork Policies and Procedures. These are designed to comply with current Health & Safety legislation, and are for your safety as well as that of other participants and the Society officers who have organised the event.

Members aged under 16 must be accompanied on Society fieldtrips by an adult.

Some events have an attendance charge, indicated where known. An additional daily membership charge of £3 is levied for attendance by those who are not existing Members of the Shropshire Geological Society, although this will usually be offset against the fee for becoming a full Member should you then decide to join the Society on the day.


Please note that, whilst open to all Society Members, the Rockhops (marked in purple) are primarily intended for Members who are beginners to geology.

Saturday 02 September 2017: afternoon meeting: Ercall Quarry, 2.00pm at the Ercall Wood car park, immediately south of the bridge over the M54 on the Forest Glen to Wellington road (SJ 646 103). Leader: Andrew Jenkinson. A walk around The Ercall and adjacent areas to see how the evolution of this corner of SJ60 is clearly illustrated in the geological variety from Precambrian times to the Permian. Booking to reserve a place and obtain joining instructions from Andrew Jenkinson; email: andrew @; telephone: 01938 820 764


SGS Lectures

Generally held in the Conference Room of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust HQ in Abbey Foregate, opposite the Abbey and adjacent to the large public car park with free evening parking (after 6 pm), commencing at 7.00pm for 7.30pm.

(a nominal charge is levied for attendance by non-Members)

Wednesday 08 November 2017: Sinkholes, landslides and the role of the BGS Geohazards Group (guest speaker: Dr Vanessa Banks, Team Leader of the Shallow Geohazards and Risks Group at the British Geological Survey)

Wednesday 13 December 2017 Cancelled due to adverse weather - postponed until April 2018: Lapworth Museum re-development and its engagement with schools (guest speaker: Anna Chrystal, Learning and Community Outreach Officer, University of Birmingham)

Wednesday 10 January 2018: The origin and rise of dinosaurs (guest speaker: Richard Butler, Professor of Palaeobiology, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, and Academic Keeper, Lapworth Museum of Geology)

Wednesday 14 February 2018: 7.00pm start: AGM followed by reports on the Society's field trips, rock hops and field work projects and a talk by one of the committee members. In 2016 this was ably given by Martin Carruthers. It was entitled “Darwin’s Delights” and concerned part of a National Curriculum module for year 6 (9-10 year olds). This introduced fossils & evolution and has recently been developed following a request to the SGS for help from a local school. Note that the AGM has now moved from December to February.

Wednesday 14 March 2018: Postponed due to non-availability of speaker Insight to the Black Country UNESCO Geopark project (guest speaker: Graham Worton, project lead for the Black Country Global Geopark project and keeper of geology at Dudley Council)


Other Shropshire Meetings

Below is a list of events organised by other societies that may be of interest to Members. Note that a charge may be levied for attendance. Prior booking is recommended - contact details are shown where known. Details of the organisations are also listed here.

Thursday 12 October 2017: 9.45am start; finish at 1pm; Shropshire’s Amazing Journey (speaker Michael Rosenbaum) plus tours of the Shropshire Museums Resource Centre in Ludlow looking at the work of the Fossils in Shropshire project with a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes. Free but advance booking required by clicking here. This morning will be Shropshire's contribution to the national Earth Science Week; the week's theme is ‘Our Restless Earth’, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Plate Tectonics theory.

Various dates throughout the summer 2018: Rocks that make the Landscape: walks led by local geologists to places such as Cardingmill Valley - details 01694 722 631 - in association with the Shropshire Hills AONB (fee payable; for details click here)

February 2018: Darwin Festival organised by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust (click here for details); this will include a talk by Martin Rudwick on Darwins First Career, in the Walker Theatre, Shrewsbury on Sunday 11th February 2018; until 2015 there was also a programme organised by a bespoke committee, but it no longer appears to be active (click here for details).

Saturday & Sunday 15 & 16 September 2018: Open Day at Snailbeach Mine (click here for details, including other events)



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