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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

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


A gentle stroll from Cannon Street to St Paul's looking at the building stones.

The city of London exhibits many types of building stone and in this walk we will examine those stones used in the prestigious buildings along a linear walk. We will possibly take a small diversion around the new Bloomberg building to investigate the building stone of No 1 Poultry.

Contact: Sue Vernon


Details to follow.

Contact: John Lonergan


Details to follow.

Contact: John Lonergan


The large Riddlesdown Chalk Quarry south of Croydon in the North Downs is the best location to examine chalk in the London area. Rory Mortimore drew up conservation plans some years ago and the City of London Corporation, who own the site, have implemented them very constructively including building steps up the spoil heap to examine one of the faces in detail.

Inevitably vegetation tends to take over, despite employing sheep, and rock falls from the cliff face have made the steps unusable. In 2016 and 2017 the London Geodiversity Partnership made the quarry the focus of its geoconservation efforts and will do so again this year. We will be advised and assisted by the City of London rangers. As before there will be an explanation of the geology of the site.

The day will start promptly at 10 am and finish about 4 pm. We will ask you to bring a packed lunch, stout gloves and boots. City of London Corporation will supply tools and tea/coffee. If any of you are interested, register with Alan Wilson and he will send full details nearer the time.

Contact: Alan Wilson