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

By September 22, 2014Field Trip Reports

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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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