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Ketton Quarry report back 01/12/2018

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A fine drizzle of rain made it ideal fossil hunting conditions for our visit to Ketton Quarry. Thank you to all the members who braved the weather.

Here’s just a few photos of the day, please send in any more you may have so we can add them here.

Marine crocodile possible Lemmysuchus

Preserved truncated rootlets.

Calcite crystals

Echinoid spine


Thalattosuchian – and almost surely a metriorhynchid.

Members looking for fossils

See you all next year 😊


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Report back from the trip to the OUMNH on Saturday the 17th of November 2018.

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When you read and “quoted” below from the very informative Oxford University Museum Natural History website.

“Oxford University Museum of Natural History was founded in 1860, and today it holds an internationally-significant collection of natural history specimens and archives. Housed in a stunning neo-Gothic building inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites, the Museum is home to a lively programme of research, teaching and public events.”

You know its going to be a great day.

The architecture of this stunning building really comes to life with full sunlight beaming down for the mid-morning arrival of members of the Stamford and District Geological Society. As we were treated to an organised behind the scenes tour of palaeontology, guided by Dr Hilary Ketchum Collections Manager, Palaeontology.

With kind permission from the OUMNH we can show you some pictures from the day below.

Hilary talking to us about some of the historic fossils housed at the museum.

Stunning Ichthyosaur and plesiosaur display cases.

And a real treat to see a marine crocodile found in Eye, Peterborough.

And of course seeing the newly found plesiosaur “Eve” also from Peterborough.

Ending the guided tour with a wonderful look at some of the many thousands of vertebrate fossils collected from the past and present. To which I can assure you was a real eye opener for our younger members.

We shall hopefully organise another trip to the OUMNH next year.


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Booking for Field Trips: Members wishing to attend Field Trips “must” contact Field Secretary Kenny Nye 2 weeks in advance, Kenny prefers to be contacted by text (Mobile number sent via email to members) or email Please ask all and any questions regarding Field Trips to Kenny Nye.
• Please check your membership is up to date before you ask to attend any field trips either with Sheila Martin or Kenny Nye.

For Museum Trips the procedure is the same, but a deposit of £5 must be sent to the Treasurer Sheila Martin at the time of booking you can email Sheila at : for more information.


Please note changes to dates!!

There will only be three meetings as follows with the first all ready being given by Paul Hildreth on the 3rd of October 2018.

Wednesday 5th December 2018 – Members evening with refreshments and a chance for everyone to bring along their finds and hopefully chat about them and encourage others to go fossil hunting.

If anyone wishes to show a few slides just let a committee member know and we will set up the projector.

Wednesday 13th March 2019 – Speaker –Richard Forrest “Excavating a Pliosaur” Richard will discuss this exciting recent important find found by members of the SGDS.



Best Wishes

Sandy Ellis

(Chairman) email at

A visit to the North Lincolnshire Musuem

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Had a thoroughly recommended day out at the North Lincolnshire Museum.

Posted by The Stamford and District Geological Society on Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Important SDGS Information

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Hello Members,

SDGS – Year 2018/2019.

May I remind you that subscriptions were due on 1 September 2018 for the current year. It would be appreciated if you would either send a cheque to me or bring your membership dues to our first meeting on 3 October 2018. This first meeting of the season is Women in Geology given by Mr. Paul Hildreth.

May I also remind you that you cannot go on a field trip unless your membership is up to date. This is because of stricter rules by the quarries we visit and our insurance cover.

Thank you for your support

Treasurer: Sheila Martin: email
Wednesday October 3rd 2018| 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday October 6th, 2018 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm



A anterior sauropod caudal from the Peterborough Oxford Clay : Whose tail is it anyway?

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I would guess there have been quite a few SDGS member’s over the years collecting fossils from various Oxford Clay deposits around Peterbrough. Would anyone be able to identify any of the bivalves adhered to this sauropod. It’s from the Callovian, Oxford Clay Fm., Peterborough ^^

You can watch Femke Holwerda discuss this most intriguing find at the recent SVPCA 2018 held in Manchester at the link below.

An anterior sauropod caudal from the Peterborough Oxford Clay : Whose tail is it anyway ?


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Women in Geology celebrating 100 years since women won the right to vote.

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For all those intending to go to the Stamford and Districts Geological Societies winter talk at Tinwell Village Hall in October 2018 please be aware that the date has changed to Wednesday the 3rd of October 2018 : from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

The talk will be presented by Mr Paul Hildreth and his subject will be on Women in Geology celebrating 100 years since women won the right to vote.

This event is free to members of the Stamford and District Geological Society. And for visitors a charge of £3 please. You can also apply for membership on the night.



Visit To King’s Dyke Nature Reserve cancelled

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Due to a lack of interest for the fossil area at King’s Dyke Nature Reserve fossil area, scheduled for the 4th of August 2018.

The SDGS has decided to cancel this event, and perhaps rearrange later in the year.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.



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