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* Possible New Field Trip *

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As the Stamford and District Geological Society is always planning ahead in the background to try and bring a variety of locations for next year’s field trip calendar. We now have a possible place to go that requires your attention.

Thanks to the work of the Cambridgeshire Geosites Team, Dr Simon Kelly and the local community, an excavation is now available that provides remarkable access to conglomerates and sandstones of the Early Cretaceous Lower Greensand where it rests against the Jurassic limestone’s of the Jurassic Upware Island.

If you are a member or would like to become a member of the SGDS and would like to go. Then please let me know ASAP.

* Lea Quarry field trip photos from the 3rd of October 2015 *

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Here are some photos from our Lea Quarry field trip on the 3rd of October 2015 sent in from one of our members. I really like the extra spooky FOG EFFECT…

Dalejina sp

Dalejina sp 1

Dalmanites cephalons

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Dalmanites cephalons

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Dalmanites pygidium

Dalmanites pygidium 1

Favosites gothlandicus

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Favosites gothlandicus

Favosites gothlandicus ‏1d

Gastropod Loxonema gregaria

Gastropod  Loxonema gregaria

Stromatapora sp

Stromatapora sp 1c

Stromatapora sp

Stromatapora sp 1d

Fossiling in the Fog

fossiling in the fog

In the Abyss

in the abyss

Over looking the quarry

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This ” pineapple ” coral is actually the coral Arachnophyllum murchisoni. It looks like the Acervularia but has differences. It lived from the start of the silurian to the Wenlock period.

Acervularia sp

Members group shot

group shot

Fossiling in the Fog

fossiling in the fog 1

Overlooking the Quarry

over looking the quarry

Regards,

SDGS

* Bantycock Opencast quarry field trip 19/09/2015 * report back *

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Hi everyone,

Continuing on with the run of fine weather we are having the SDGS members where blessed with glorious weather for their field trip to Bantycock Opencast quarry. With thirteen members attending it was a fantastic turn out.

I’d just like to thank you all for making the trip well done everyone. I’d also like to thank all those involved in getting this field trip off the ground as it’s no easy feat. And a very big thanks to Andrew Swift for leading us.

And of course to all the staff at Bantycock Opencast quarry for giving up some of their time and exposing a section of Westbury Formation for us, for that we are always very appreciative.
Look forward to next year’s trip.

Regards,

SDGS

And now pleasantries aside here are a few photos that one of our members has sent us of their finds. If you should have any other photos then please don’t hesitate to send them in.

Small caudal ichthyosaur vertebra
small caudal ichthyosaur vertebra

Probably a pliosaur rib section but it seems to have grooves on one side so it could be part of an ichthyosaur mandible. The member who found it keeps changing their mind about which it is!….so any help would be appreciated.
probably a pliosaur rib section or part of an ichthyosaur mandible

part of an ichthyosaur mandible or probably a pliosaur rib section

Plesiosaur rib
plesiosaur rib

A selection of coprolites, most with scaly inclusions.
selection of coprolites most with scaly inclusions

* Dinosaur Britain *

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Not so long ago the Stamford and District Geological Society had the pleasure of meeting Dean Lomax at one of Winter Talks in Tinwell Village hall. And heard the most truly fascinating and somewhat intriguing discussions we have ever had.
And now the world will hear about the Dinosaurs of Britain….don’t miss it.

Series overview

Dinosaurs! The very word conjures up fascination and intrigue with millions of us dreaming of becoming a palaeontologist when we were younger. Yet few of us realise that over 50 different dinosaur species have been found in Britain.

Dinosaur Britain tells the amazing story of many of the dinosaurs that once roamed our country revealing how they hunted, what they ate and how they died from the evidence revealed from their bones.

Presenter Ellie Harrison, who fell in love with dinosaurs as a child, teams up with 25‐year‐old Dean Lomax, one of Britain’s youngest palaeontologists, to bring Dinosaur Britain to life as never before. Ellie and Dean come ‘face to face’ with incredible CGI dinosaurs against the backdrop of some of Britain’s most famous landmarks – including Big Ben and Stonehenge.

Britain has yielded one of the best dinosaur fossil records anywhere in the world. Giant Sauropods measuring over 20 metres – the length of two double decker buses – once lived throughout Britain.

Raptors, fast moving and carnivorous pack‐hunters, were discovered in Dorset – along with three types of Tyrannosaur. Huge teeth from the Iguanodon were discovered in Sussex while stegosaurs, with armoured plates positioned along their back, lived in Swindon and Peterborough.

From the world’s first dinosaur discovery in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire in 1824 to the most recent discovery – a new dinosaur species discovered in Wales in 2014 – Dinosaur Britain features the most fascinating dinosaur finds across Britain to tell an enthralling story 200 million years in the making.

Regards,

SDGS.

* Hunstanton Field Trip report back *

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A quote from Dr Carl Harrington while organising this year’s field trip to Hunstanton:

“Fingers crossed its third time lucky with Hunstanton. Two years ago it was cancelled because of snow on the ground, I made it in August the next year, but we had the end of a hurricane, so hopefully this year the weather will be nicer.”

Well it was 3rd time lucky indeed as the day was blessed with glorious weather.

Thank you Carl for making this year’s trip to Hunstanton possible and thank you to all SDGS members who made it there…..as you can see from the photos a great day was had by all.

Members looking for fossils

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SDGS Members

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Large Ammonite cast

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Large Ammonite cast

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Colour contrasting cliffs of orange, red and white sedimentary rocks

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SDGS Members

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SDGS Members

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Colour contrasting cliffs of orange, red and white sedimentary rocks

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Large Ammonite cast

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Colour contrasting cliffs of orange, red and white sedimentary rocks with Carstone boulders on the foreshore

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SDGS Member

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Cliffs including Lighthouse

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Colour contrasting cliffs of orange, red and white sedimentary rocks with Carstone boulders on the foreshore

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Naturally eroded cavern

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If you were there on the day and have any other photos then please send them to me and ill post them here.

Regard’s,

SDGS.

* Winter Lectures Update *

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Lectures will run from October 2015 to March 2016.

 

Mike Lovell Prof. University of Leicester 14 October 2015 lovell

Shale Gas

Ken Rolfe Cambridge Geology Club 11 November 2015 old-river-courses-map

The Fenland Basin and the Fen Edge

Colin Bagshaw East Midlands Geology Society 9 December 2015  Galapagos-Islands-Map

The Galapagos

Naomi Stevenson Natural England 13 January 2016  fdbcf4e1c850df505b19cb7c28e6c1

Crystal Palace – the First Jurassic Park

Richard Forrest SDGS member 10 February 2016 focus_plesiosaur

Plesiosaurs

Dave Ellis SDGS member 09 March 2016 stoneslate-roof-easy-pave

Stone Slates

 

I’d like to thank all those who have previously attended our Winter Lectures at Tinwell Village hall. Lectures are open to members and non-members alike so look forward to seeing you all again.

Regards,

SDGS.

* KINGS DYKE NATURE RESERVE FIELD TRIP IS CANCELLED *

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Dear Members and Non-Members,

Due to not being able to load the fossil area up with fresh clay at the Whittlsea Nature Reserve field trip Sunday the 19th of July .

This would mean the area being very unfossiliferous as the area has not been replenished for many months and has been totally picked over.

So I’ve decided in the interest of our members and for this event to be a more enjoyable experience. I shall arrange another date later in the year.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Kind Regards,

Darren.

* Tilton Railway Cuttings & Browns Hill Quarry 05/07/2015 report back *

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Tilton Railway Cuttings & Browns Hill Quarry.

A most enjoyable day was had by all involved especially as it’s been a while since the society has visited these two sites. Let’s not leave it so long this time and plan a return for next year.

Here are just a few of our finds and some really pleasant scenery photos.

If you have any photos from the day email them to me and Ill post them here for you.

Thank you Keith for showing us around and sharing some of your fruits from your garden….perfect.

p.s. I have not had the time as yet to establish what species the Ammonites are ….all suggestions welcome.

Members at browns hill quarry

Browns Hill Quarry 001

Ammonite

Ammonite 1a

Ammonite

Ammonite 2a

Ammonite

Ammonite 3a

Ammonite

Ammonite 4a

Ammonite

Ammonite 5a

Ammonite fragments

Ammonite fragments

Ammonites from bedding plane

Ammonites from bedding plane

Browns Hill quarry

Belemnites at browns hill quarry 1

Belemnites at Browns Hill quarry in situ

belemnites at browns hill quarry

Crushed ammonites in situ

crushed ammonites in situ 1

Crushed ammonites in situ

crushed ammonites in situ

lobothyris punctata

lobothyris punctata 1a

lobothyris punctata

lobothyris punctata 1b

Members at browns hill quarry

members at browns hill quarry

Members searching for ammonites

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Members searching for ammonites

members searching for ammonites

Paper thin crushed ammonite

paper thin crushed ammonite

Partial ammonite

partial ammonite 1

Partial ammonite

partial ammonite 2

Partial ammonite

partial ammonite

Partial ammonites

partial ammonites

Tilton Railway Cutting

Tilton Railway Cuttings 1

Tilton Railway Cutting

Tilton Railway Cuttings 2

Tilton Railway Cutting

Tilton Railway Cuttings 3

Tilton Railway Cutting

Tilton Railway Cuttings 4

Members searching for ammonites

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Members searching for ammonites

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Members searching for ammonites

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Regards,

SDGS.

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