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September 2014

* Dinosaurs of the British Isles Winter Talk Review *

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I think it was a real treat for the society to have had a palaeontologist such as Dean Lomax to visit us and to talk about Dinosaurs of the British Isles. Without the publication of his NEW BOOK you just couldn’t comprehend the diversity of Dinosauria roaming our shores…

Barely a week seems to go by without the announcement of some new dinosaur discovery. We seem to have become accustomed to media reports highlighting some exciting aspect of the Dinosauria, often from faraway places and remote parts of the world. Whilst it is always intriguing to hear reports of fossil finds relating to prehistoric animals that once lived in the Arctic Circle or indeed, to see pictures of the newest type of feathered dinosaur identified from north-eastern China, it is worth remembering that dinosaurs, lots of them for that matter, once roamed the British Isles.

To hear about meat-eating dinosaurs from Swindon, Stegosaurs from Peterborough and Tyrannosaurs from the Isle of Wight left you gobsmacked.

Ive also heard on the grapevine that Dean might be working on another new publication about Marine Reptiles…..let’s hope we can get him booked in for next year..!

Regards,

Darren.

“Oh yes and there was the rather embarrassing scenario on my part moment, when Dean incorporated into his PowerPoint presentation and showed everyone my Theropods footprint I found at Saltwick Bay “…Ha Ha.

Bantycock opencast mine 20/09/2014 Field Trip Report.

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…As all those who attended set off from their homes driving through the morning drizzly weather (I know it was for me) members of the SGDS arrived at the designated spot to meet Andrew Swift.

Eight members in total parked up just at the entrance to the site and then car shared as we descended down into the quarry. This is where we met Jeff Torr the mine manager.

With Jeff and Andrew as our tour guides we then proceeded to look at various exposures of the quarry. For me personally it was an awe expiring experience, I’m no geologist but the information that Andrew relayed to the group was very precise and in layman’s terms.

As you can see from the photos some of the views are breath taking with a few photos off our finds.

We spent about 4 hours looking about the quarry with Jeff running a couple of members at a time in his Land Rover up to an archaeological dig that was going on nearby.

After our excursion around the quarry for lunch around 1.00pm we visited the Chequers Inn which had its own micro-brewery..! Of which was in the village of Elston. It was a very good value for money feed; we then took a short walk to Elston church to look at the Darwin family memorials. There are no Charles Darwin memorials, but lots to other members of his family, particularly his grandfather Erasmus Darwin, a brilliant man in his own right, born in Elston Hall, who published some of the first original thoughts about the theory of evolution.

All in all it was a fantastic day and I’m sure the thoughts of all those who attended are thinking the same.

Hopefully we will be able to visit next year and access all levels and more bone beds.

Also sorry I forgot to mention: ‘a most important fossil discovery was made while we were at the pit. At this stage it must remain hush-hush, but Andrew will be preparing a paper for professional publication in the near future’.

Speak again soon.

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*A Great Day Was Had By All….*

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I’d just like to say a big thank you to all those who attended the Bantycock opencast mine field trip and to all those who put the time and effort into making this event possible. We had been informed on our arrival that the lifespan of the quarry is very much in doubt due to the difficulties and rising costs of extracting the Gypsum. So with planned visits to Bantycock next year I can’t stress enough…anyone wishing to come along should join the Stamford and District Geological Society as soon as possible. As there is a limit to how many members in the group can visit at anyone time.

Here are a few photos of ( Bantycock opencast mine ) just too show you some of the members finds from the day and how vast this opencast mine is.

It truly was a great day. There will be a field trip report to follow soon.

UKGE

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*Winter Talks Program Complete…dont forget to write the dates in your Diary*

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…So there we have it folks our Winter Lecture Program at Tinwell Village Hall is now fully booked. Id just like to say thank you to the committee for putting everything into place…well done.

Look forward to seeing all those who attend.

 

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