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Newsletter No. 202

The Black Country Geological Society Mid Wales Geology Club

August 2010

22nd August: Field trip to View Edge and the Onny Valley Section.

15th September: Talk by Dr. Gareth Owen (CCW) "South Wales Limestones."

Meetings are held at Plas Dolerw, Milford Road, Newtown, Montgomeryshire, SY16 2EH. Meet at 7.15 for 7.30pm. Further details: Ed. newsletter & Hon Sec: Tony Thorp: Tel. 01686 624820 and 622517 jathorp@uku.co.uk Web site: www.mwgeology.uku.co.uk/

Editorial

Geoconservation - Further Developments

In my last Editorial I outlined the Society's historical involvement with geoconservation in the Black Country, and gave preliminary details of some forthcoming volunteer opportunities. Things have been moving fast since then. The Moorcroft Wood Nature Reserve is one of 4 geological sites identified for improvement within the 'Black Country Living Landscape Community Involvement Programme'. Julia Morris is the Programme Team Leader and Liaison Officer for Walsall, and has given more details of this programme in the article below. The other sites identified as potential geoconservation projects are Barrow Hill, Saltwells, and Spring Vale Park in Wolverhampton.

Julia is particularly interested in enlisting the help of BCGS members to help with the conservation work at these sites, which will involve some clearance, exposure cleaning, possibly setting up viewing points, and helping with interpretation boards when and where they are required. Detailed Volunteer Information and Enquiry forms are included with this Newsletter for BCGS Members. These can be printed and should be sent to the address on the form. Alternatively, Julia will be happy to send printed copies if required, and copies will available at our Indoor Meeting on 20th September. Please contact Julia Morris or Andy by phone or email if you have any other queries.

I hope that we can collectively make a real success of this. Even if you do not have much spare time, or have problems with transport, put your name forward and the logistics can be worked out when dates for this work have been determined. Be sure to come along to the first Indoor Meeting of the new season on 20th September, when Graham Worton and Alan Cutler will tell us more about this exciting project and provide an opportunity for us to ask questions.

Please note the separate box requesting volunteers for the Wren's Nest. This is a separate project for which you should register your interest with Andy, but Moorcroft Wood, mentioned in the last Newsletter, comes within the wider project outlined above.

I'll look forward to receiving news of your summer holiday geological experiences for the next Members' Forum, and don't forget to enter those summer holiday photographic masterpieces for the 'Dudley Bug' Geo-photo competition! ■

Julie Schroder

Please send material for the next Newsletter to: julieschroder@blueyonder.co.uk

42 Billesley Lane, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9QS.

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