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Newsletter No. 202

The Black Country Geological Society

August 2010

Future Programme

Lecture meetings are held at Dudley Museum & Art Gallery, St James’s Road, Dudley, DY1 1HU. Tel. 01384 815575. 7.30 for 8 o’clock start unless stated otherwise.

Those wishing to attend field meetings please contact our Field Secretary, Andy Harrison, mobile: 07973 330706 or email: andrew_harrison@urscorp.com

Wednesday 18th Graham Worton. Mons Hill college.

August (Field Meeting)

Evening

The walk

will start at 7.00 pm and will

walk around the last about 2 hours.

Wren's Nest led by Meet in the car park of

Sunday 19th September (Joint field meeting with the Woolhope Club) Martley area led

by Dr. Paul Olver (Postponed from 24th July).

Meet at Martley Village Hall (SO 753 599) at

10.30am.

Martley

is

on

the

B4197

about

4km

north

of

the

A44

(Worcester

to

Leominster

road).

If

approaching Martley from the at the start of the village. Pub

south on the B4197, the Village Hall is on the right about 50m after sign lunch. We will see: the Precambrian/Cambrian basement in Martley Pit,

complex folding and faulting of Sandstones were extracted for

the Silurian building.

successions,

and

quarries

in

Martley

village

where

Triassic

Monday 20th September (Indoor Meeting) Geological Conservation in the Black Country. Speakers: Alan Cutler and Graham Worton. They will talk about current projects and opportunities for members to be involved. Further to requests from members to become engaged in active conservation field work, and the timely occurrence of the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country's 'Living Landscapes' project, opportunities for BCGS members to roll up their sleeves and get involved have happened! This meeting will explain the current situation and describe several site projects in which our members might play a part, and which can be tied into field visits before and after the work to see our achievements.

Monday 25th October (Indoor Meeting) Is Man's role in Climate Change significant? Speaker: Colin Knipe (Senior Partner, Johnson, Poole & Bloomer). This meeting will be a geological review of past climates and processes that created them with an eye to understanding what is happening to the climate in our time. The significance of human activities which add CO2 to the atmosphere and natural additions of CO2 to the atmosphere will be discussed and debated.

Monday 29th November (Indoor Meeting starting at 7.00pm) BCGS Members' Evening and Christmas Social. We are now taking offers of short talks and displays for the meeting. Refreshments will as usual be provided in the convivial atmosphere of the festive season.

Andy Harrison, Graham Worton

Other Societies

BCGS members are normally welcome to attend meetings of other societies, but should always check first with the relevant representative. Summarised information for the next two months is given in our Newsletter. Further information can be found on individual Society web sites.

Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club - Geology Section

Sunday 3rd October: Big Pit underground tour and Blorenge Led by Tom Sharpe, National Museum of Wales. Limited numbers for underground tour. Booking essential.

Guests are welcome, but must take day membership of the Club: £1.00. For further information: contact Sue Hay on 01432 357138, email svh.gabbros@btinternet.com or visit their web site: www.woolhopeclub.org.uk/Geology_Section/default.htm

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