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Field Trip to Lea Quarry

Saturday October 7, 2017 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Above is a Acaste downingiae trilobite found in-situ and prepped by one of the members of the Stamford and District Geological Society on a organised field trip to Lea Quarry.

Lea Quarry

As promised last year we have arranged another visit to this former workings quarry. This is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed as this well may be he last time anyone can visit this quarry.

We shall be meeting at the Presthorpe National Trust car park at 9.30am : Carpark at Presthope use postcode: TF13 6DQ

Please note that entrance to this Working Quarry is Strictly Prohibited unless in association with a Geological Society such as the SDGS or other.

The geological interest focuses on a period around 430 million years ago when Wenlock Edge was a coral reef. This local landmark, now popular with walkers, was beneath a warm tropical sea that was teeming with life and thriving in the sunshine.

The Wenlock Edge area is very important in geological circles and the name Wenlock has been used internationally since the 1830s to signify a specific part of what’s known as the Silurian Period.

Field trip organisers will advise to all members attending the field trip beforehand on appropriate clothing and footwear for the locality, time of year and as recommended Orange Hi-Vis Vests.

Failure by participants to wear recommended clothing and equipment may lead to their exclusion from the meeting. The Stamford and District Geological Society does not automatically provide personal protective equipment.

Mandatory Equipment: Eye protection, Hard Hats, boots or wellies suitable for quarries, Orange Hi-Vis Vests.

Equipment: Generally a geologist’s pick, trowel, chisels and spade. There is plenty of smaller fossil material, so a magnifier or loupe comes in handy and, as much of the material is quite fragile, bring tissue, tape and bags. A packed lunch, Sun protection is advisable if it is a hot day, plus sufficient drink.

For those who are NOT members of the Stamford and District Geological Society. And wish to go on this particular Field Trip or any of our Field Trips and “Exclusive” member’s only Field Trips. Please apply for membership beforehand in order to attend.

*Important note : If you wish to leave early from the site, then please let one of the field trip leaders know before you do so*

Then please apply for membership below.

“Members are reminded that they cannot take part in field trips without an up-to-date membership card.
This is a requirement under our third party insurance cover. Note that this does not cover members personally and they are responsible for their own safety.”

With all field events if you haven’t done so already please will members . Let our Field Secretary Kenny Nye know at least 10 days in advance so we can cater for numbers this will be the ONLY WAY you will get registered as wishing to attend.

This field trip can usually cater for 15 persons but maby a few more if demand is high.

Members should appreciate that they are responsible for their own safety.
The society’s insurance is against 3rd parties.

The SDGS has the right to cancel or reschedule a field trip with as much notice as possible. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all registered participants will be notified by email and offered to join alternative field trips. If a fossil hunt is cancelled on the day of the event due to unforeseen circumstances such as extreme weather, SDGS will not be able to accept responsibility for any additional costs or inconvenience resulting from the cancellation.

This Much Wenlock weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

You can cancel your place at any point before a fossil hunt, the more notice given the better, if possible.

Assessment:All attendees must familiarize themselves with the Risk Assessment below.


“The Stamford and District Geological Society are pleased to announce that we have affiliated to Deposits Magazine and UKGE. This brings a great benefit to all members. As members will now receive a free quarterly PDF copy of deposits, packed with superb articles on fossils, rocks and minerals as part of their Membership of the SDGS. With newly signed up members also benefiting from this fantastic offer as part of joining the Stamford and District Geological Society.


More information on the magazine and online back articles can be found at www.depositsmag.com, and geological tools and equipment can be obtained from the link below.”

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Saturday October 7, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Stamford and District Geological Society


Presthorpe, TF13 6DQ United Kingdom + Google Map