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LOUGS DAYTRIPS 2018

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Fieldwork is an essential part of geology. Whether it is someone looking at rocks for the first time or people engaged in speciality research, the field element is essential.

It is recommended to register with the event's organiser so that you can be notified of any change, and to avoid events being over-subscribed. We will always try to contact anyone who has registered an interest in a trip in advance. If you have registered and find that you will not be able to attend please inform the event organiser to allow someone else to take your place.

Details of events more than two months ahead are provisional. None of the event descriptions here constitute a brochure under the Package Travel Regulations (1992).

Note that day field trips generally carry a charge of £3.00 to cover costs. Where an event carries an admission fee, more will be charged, and the amount should be made clear in the event details.

Upcoming daytrips

Many thanks to those members of London Branch who joined with London Geodiversity Partnership members in conserving Gilbert’s Pit in 2013 and 2015. The clearance enabled steps to be constructed up the face to make it more accessible to visiting groups and researchers. The clearing we did on the south face was expanded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich so that there is now an excellent view of the vertical cliff on that side of the pit. We have since erected an interpretation board detailing what strata can be seen on the south face. Inevitably saplings and brambles are beginning to take hold again and we now need to go back to maintain both the east face with the steps and clear some of the south face. We also want to improve access along the top ridge by clipping back the vegetation.

As in previous years a geological tour will be offered to those who want it and details about the geology of the site will be distributed to those who sign up. We will require some people to work on the slopes but there is also a need to clear brambles etc. at the base of both faces and along the top ridge. Some tools will be provided but please bring loppers and secateurs if you own them.

Full details and a risk assessment will be sent nearer the time.

Contact: Alan Wilson


The foreshore exposures of Palaeogene geology at Bognor Regis include two geological SSSIs, which have yielded nationally important fossil material from the London Clay and Reading Formations. A good low tide is required, constraining a beach visit to late afternoon / early evening, so the day will commence with visits to two medieval churches to look at the history of the area and use of local building stone.

Contact: John Lonergan


A practical laboratory day which will be held in Birkbeck’s modern petrology teaching laboratory at their central London campus. The day will be led by Simon Drake, a lecture at Birkbeck, who has talked to LOUGS several times in recent years and lead us on a trip to Skye in 2014*.

Simon will talk to us about the properties of minerals and we will be able to examine specimens using ‘real’ microscopes. A great opportunity for hands-on experience.

The day will be spilt into morning and afternoon sessions with a break for lunch.

Contact: Anna Saich

* Those of you enjoyed Simon’s lecture last April (“Was Palaeogene volcanism on the Isle of Skye, NW Scotland, initiated by meteorite impact?”) may be interested in his recent paper on the subject. It is available at pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article/525169. It is open access so freely accessible.


Details to follow.

Contact: John Lonergan


Details to follow.

Contact: John Lonergan


Details to follow.

Contact: John Lonergan


Details to follow.

Contact: Alan Wilson


Details to follow.

Contact: John Lonergan