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*The Fossil Area at Kings Dyke Nature Reserve*
Saturday July 30, 2016 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
I tried to arrange a more family orientated field trip last year to Kings Dyke nature reserve. But we came up with a few logistical problems i.e. getting fresh clay into the reserves fossil area at the right time…
So I’ve made another date for this event which will be Saturday the 30th of July 2016 with further details below.
Fossil Hunting Area
The Oxford Clay is one of the best places for finding fossils in the country and Kings Dyke is one of the best Oxford clay sites that are still accessible.
To allow visitors to be able to go fossil hunting at all times, a purpose made fossil hunting area has been established in the reserve. Fossil bearing clay is extracted from the main quarry and can be placed in this area on request when visiting with a geological association such as the SDGS, so that there should always be a variety of fossils to find.
The Oxford Clay dates back to the Jurassic period 140 million years ago. At that time Kings Dyke would have been at the bottom of a warm tropical ocean. The seas would have been full of various species of shellfish such as ammonite and belemnite, found in abundance in the fossil area. Middle sized predators would have included ichthyosaurs (a dolphin like creature) and plesiosaurs. Both of these would have been about 4-6m in length as would the Jurassic sharks and crocodiles. Fossils of all of these creatures are regularly found in the fossil area. Fossilized wood is also regularly found.
Of a much larger scale, a number of fossil remains have been found of a large filter feeding fish called Leedsichthys and ocean going predators such as pliosaurs, both in excess of 20m in length.
As this field trip is aimed at the junior members and as you know we are affiliated with the UKGE who one of the largest Earth Science Equipment suppliers in the world.
This entitles us to a %10 discount on any of their products. So with this in mind I’ve added a link to their Fossil Starter kit webpage for you.
Just click on the UKGE logo below to take you straight to their Fossil Starter kit website page.
If you are members please fill out the Booking Form below if you wish to attend.
If your are non-members and would like to go then please sign up for Membership as soon as possible by contacting :
Ms Sheila Martin,
email : membership [at] stamfordgeolsoc.org.uk
Emails are not instant links, please replace the [at] with a @ when you type. This is for security.
Also ive included the membership form here for you:
Members should appreciate that they are responsible for their own safety.
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.
The society’s insurance is against 3rd parties.
With all field events if you havent done so all ready. Please use the online booking form or send a text to our field secretary Kenny Nye. 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.
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.
You can cancel your place at any point before a fossil hunt, the more notice given the better, if possible.