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* 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

members searching for ammonites 1

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

Browns Hill Quarry 006

Members searching for ammonites

Browns Hill Quarry 010

Members searching for ammonites

Browns Hill Quarry 012

Regards,

SDGS.

*Exclusive fossil hunt to Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry, Powys Wales*

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Dear members,

An opportunity has arisen to join the UKAFH on an exclusive field trip to Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry, Powys Wales on Saturday July the 11th 2015 .This a great chance to collect some Ordovician trilobites, gastropods, sponges, graptolites and much more. Suitable for older children £10 charge on the day per person 25 places available 5 MORE PLACES ADDED!!

You can download the UKAFHs Booking form  here UKAFH website disclaimer and risk assessment or alternatively visit there website at the link below.

UKAFH field trip to Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry, Powys Wales

Here are some of the finds you can expect :

Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry 2 Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry 3 Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry 4 Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry 5 Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry 6 Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry find 1

 

Regards,

SDGS.

* You can now apply for membership on the day *

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If you should ever happen to miss any of our advertised FIELD TRIPS, and it becomes too late to sign up for membership which is needed in order for you to come along. Then you needn’t worry too much, as you can now sign up for membership on the day of the event.

One of our field trip leaders will have membership forms and membership cards to hand, for you to fill in all the required details needed, enabling you to pay for the annual subscription membership and become a member of the Stamford and District Geological Society there and then.

Look forward to seeing you.

SDGS.

* Ketton Quarry report *

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A fine day for fresh air, humour and of course fossils.

Quick note to me or for other field trip leaders to Ketton Quarry: “Whatever the weather is at the time past or present be prepared to encounter the 50 meter quagmire stretch that wellies would be more suitable before you hit some dry land.”

“I keep saying I’ll write this in my field notes for future trips but always forget .I wasn’t going to mention this minor annoyance but it’s something we all chuckle about on our way into and out of the site.”

After you have tippy toed the squelches…..you are presented with one of the largest spoil piles that you are probably ever likely to encounter. Where upon you need to start planning to yourself “how am I going to tackle this and where do I start”. Which is part of the fun especially for the new members amongst us, but they needn’t worry as there is always knowledgeable seasoned members especially for this particular site to pass on any information needed and to answer as many questions as possible.

….The gusts of wind felt relatively calm as they brushed your legs while you pondered on what to do as the spoil becomes more apparent. But for those in the know and prepared to tackle this mini mountain those wisps of wind below can be gale force gusts on the top and believe they were.

Your options are plentiful to look for fossils: either scour the outskirts of the said mini mountain for fossils that have weathered out and tumbled down, or traverse the only so slightly steep sides to which you can achieve some fine results or get to the top. If you should manage the hike to the top, which most of our members did then the view is breath taking (literally). In In geology and earth science, a plateau also called a high plain or tableland and I think that’s a very appropriate description for this square stretch of land at the top of the spoil pile. It’s very weathered and abundant in fossils shells, corals, echinoids, and sharks’ teeth can all be found here.

You really can immerse yourself in your own little world at Ketton Quarry due to the vastness of the quarry as you forage around. And all our members came home with a variety of fossils which was very pleasing to see indeed.
It was great to see so many members at this event and look forward to seeing you all here again next year…….” Must remember my stretch of mud notes “

Thank you to Kenny and Bill for making this day possible and to all the staff at Ketton Quarry.

P.S. if you have any photos you would like to see added to this report back (I’ve already started to add some of mine ( prepped, in-situ fossil photos and scenery shots at the bottom of this page) then please could you e-mail them to me. Also if you would like to add your own comments about the day all you need to do is login. If you don’t have any login details then just ask me and I can set this up for you.

It really is simple.

Regards,

Darren.

Acrosalenia hemicidaroides

“Acrosalenia hemicidaroides”

Asteracanthus magnus tooth

“Asteracanthus magnus tooth”

Asteracanthus tenius tooth in situ

“Asteracanthus tenius tooth in situ”

Asteracanthus tenius tooth

“Asteracanthus tenius tooth”

echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 1b

“echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 1b”

echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 3b

“echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 3b”

echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 3c

“echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 3c”

echinoid Clypeus ploti close up view 1c

“echinoid Clypeus ploti close up view 1c”

echinoid Clypeus ploti close up view 2c

“echinoid Clypeus ploti close up view 2c”

echinoid Clypeus ploti in situ 1

“echinoid Clypeus ploti in situ 1”

echinoid Clypeus ploti in situ 2

“echinoid Clypeus ploti in situ 2”

echinoid Clypeus ploti top view 1a

“echinoid Clypeus ploti top view 1a”

echinoid Clypeus ploti top view 3a

“echinoid Clypeus ploti top view 3a”

Eomesodon trigonus tooth in situ

“Eomesodon trigonus tooth in situ”

Eomesodon trigonus tooth

“Eomesodon trigonus tooth”

quarry view 1

“quarry view 1”

quarry view 2

“quarry view 2”

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“quarry view 3”

rootlets in grantham formation 1

“rootlets in grantham formation 1”

rootlets in grantham formation 2

“rootlets in grantham formation 2”

echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 2b

“echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 2b”

echinoid Clypeus ploti top view 2a

“echinoid Clypeus ploti top view 2a”

*Ketton Quarry next Saturday*

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Just some of the fossils we hope to encounter on next Saturdays field trip to Ketton Quarry. I found these on a previous field trip there…..and many more.

Regards,

Darren.

p.s. If any members should have any other photos of fossils from Ketton Quarry please e-mail them to me and ill post them here for others to view.

Eomesodon fish teeth (1)

Eomesodon fish teeth (2)

Eomesodon fish teeth (3)

Eomesodon fish teeth (4)

ketton quarry find 1

ketton quarry find 2

ketton quarry find 3

ketton quarry find 4

ketton quarry find 5

ketton quarry find 6

ketton quarry find 7

ketton quarry find 8

ketton quarry find 9

ketton quarry find 10

ketton quarry find 11

ketton quarry find 12

ketton quarry find 13

* SDGS Photo Slides *

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Here is a rare insight into some of the work performed by Alan Dawn and various members of the Stamford and District Geological Society .Depicting some behind the scene photos taken in the old workshop at the Peterborough museum and from various dig sites around Peterborough. They are currently being reproduced from slides with quite a few still yet to do. With permission they have been kindly loaned to the society for us to show on our website.
Hope you enjoy them.
If you should have any other slides that are associated with Alan Dawn and the Stamford and District Geological Society. Then I’m more than willing to convert them into photos for our website for all to see and admire.

See Link Below :

SDGS PHOTOS

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