Geology

The geology group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.  During the spring, summer and autumn months meetings take the form of visits to sites of geological interest within the area.

In the winter months we tend to have indoor meetings, where we might have talks or visits to see geological collections in museums within the region.

Indoor meetings provide us with an opportunity, amongst other things, to revisit, through the use of power point presentations, visits we have made earlier in the year, this enables us to take a more detailed and leisurely look at features we might not have taken much notice of at the time of the actual visits.  We also provide opportunities for group members to share their rock and fossil collections and have occasional speakers to share with us their experience of and expertise in particular aspects of geology.

By clicking on the 'Report' section of the calendar of visits, you will be able to read about the visits we have made during the past year.

We are fortunate to live in a part of the world where the geology is rich and varied.  We hope that our programme for the year captures something of this variety and richness - there should be something to capture everyone's interest.

All are welcome. No formal qualifications in the subject are necessary, just an enthusiastic curiosity in wanting to know more about how and why the landscape has come to be the way it is.

Stout footwear and waterproof clothing is recommended for visits to sites. Details of visits, including information about site conditions, safety and accessibility, will be sent out by email prior to a visit to those who apply to participate. For further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geology Programme - 2017

25th January

Planning the 2017 Programme

Willow Court Community Room, Franche, Kidderminster, DY11 5AU

 
22nd February

A Geological Holiday in Anglesey - by Mike Preston

Willow Court Community Room, Franche, Kidderminster, DY11 5AU

£5 per person

 
22nd March

Worcester Cathedral Geology Trail  

Led by Chris Guy, Cathedral Archaeologist

£6 per person

 

 
26th April

Saltwells and Doulton's Pit (See 24th May)

Guided visit

£5 (approx) per person

 

12th May

Note change of date

 

 

24th May

Snailbeach Mine, Shropshire

Joint visit with Industrial History Group

£5 per person

 

Visit to Saltwells Nature Reserve

(afternoon)

 
28th June

The Building Stones of Bridgnorth  (TBC) 

Cost to be decided
 

 
26th July

Cannock Chase - guided visit led by Mike Preston (TBC)

(Part of the geology trail on Cannock Chase)

Cost to be decided

 
23rd August

TBA

 

 
27th September

Dudley Tunnels Canal Trip (6 hour trip)

(Joint visit with Industrial History group - 25 people min. group size)

 
25th October

Lickey Hills and Barnt Green Road Quarry  (TBC)

 
22nd November

Members' interests

 
December

No meeting

 
  Programme arrangements might change, so please check the website for up-to-date information  

 

Geology Programme - 2016

27th January 2016

Planning meeting

Willow Court Community Room, Kidderminster

 

24th February 2016

Plate tectonics

Presentations by members at The Rock Tavern, Wilden

 

23rd March 2016

The Stiperstones, Shropshire

Leave Kidderminster at 9.30am - return mid-afternoon

 

27th April 2016

Titterstone Clee and Clee Hill

Meet at Broadwaters car park, Kidderminster, at 1.00pm

Please note

The Mable coalfield (geology and industrial history) - a visit led by Gerry Calderbank (postponed - date to be decided)

 

25th May 2016

Joint visit with Natural History group will now take place on 22nd June

Apologies - there will not be a visit on this occasion

 

22nd June 2016

 

Wren's Nest with Mike Preston - "Mapping the domed anticline" (TBC)

 

27th July 2016

Tufa Churches - Reg Fisher  

August 2016

No meeting this month  

28th September 2016

The Dudley Tunnels (joint visit with The Industrial History Group)

This is a 6 hour long visit

Visit has had to be cancelled as we failed to achieve the numbers required to make the visit viable.  My apologies.

 

26th October 2016

The geology of the Severn Valley

Visiting Blackstone Rock, Bewdley, Severn Valley Country Park,Alveley - links to coal mining in the C20th and Highley

Visit led by Mike Preston

 

23rd November 2016

"Reg's Rucksack" - bring a fossil to place in Reg's Rucksack.

Why Reg's Rucksack?  Come and find out!

Bring along something of a geological nature to share with others - e.g. fossils, rock samples, maps, photographs, books - or tell us about a visit which included some interesting geological feature.

At The Willow Court Room, Franche, Kidderminster, DY11 5AU

 

? December 2016

Planning the 2017 programme (Date TBC)  

The Geology Group generally meets on the 4th Wednesday afternoon of the month - meetings start at 2.00pm, unless otherwise stated.

Changes might be made to the programme.

Please contact Mike Carter (01562 746914) for further information

Geology Programme - 2015

21st January

Preparation for Ercall Quarry field visit in March - with Mike Preston (part 2) (£5 per person)

Kidderminster Baptist Church Hall at 2.00pm

 

25th February

The Earth Heritage Trust 'Building Stones' Project - with Beth Andrews of H&W Earth Heritage Trust

Kidderminster Baptist Church Hall

(£3 per person)

 

25th March

Field visit to Ercall Quarry, Wrekin, Shropshire with Mike Preston 

(Day visit - £5 per person)

Report

22nd April

Wren's Nest, Dudley

(see report of visit made by the group in September 2012 for a description of the site)

Report

27th May

To be arranged

 
24th June

Tour of some parts of the Severn Valley area - a geological tour with Mike Preston

  • Meet at Blackstone car park, Bewdley for 10.00am
  • Blackstone Rock
  • Quatford church building stones and outcrop
  • Highley - Stanley Quarry (behind The Engine House)
  • Refreshment stops at 'The Danery' inn and lunch at The Engine House, Highley
  • Return to Bewdley for 3.30pm-ish

There will be a charge of £5 per person for this visit

For further information phone Mike Carter 01562 746913

 

22nd July

The glacial erratics of Wolverhampton with Reg Fisher

Meet at Broadwater's car park, Kidderminster for 1.15pm

Report

August

No meeting  

23rd September

Dudley Museum

1.30pm Meet at Broadwaters car park, Kidderminster

 

28th October

 Visit to Cardingmill Valley, Church Stretton, Shropshire

9.30am - leave Kidderminster - return mid-afternnon

Indoor meeting if the weather is unfavourable

Report

25th November

Geology - a Geomorphological approach with Sue Cutler

Willow Court Room, Wilton Avenue, Kidderminster DY11 5AU

From 10.00am to 12.00noon

£2 per person

 

16th December

Planning the 2016 programme  

 Programme arrangements might change, so please check the website for up-to-date information

Geology Programme - 2014

22nd January

Guided tour of Dudley Museum's geological collection

Meet at Broadwters car park, (opposite The Rose Theatre), Kidderminster, at 1.00pm

Report
26th February

Hereford & Worcester Earth Heritage Trust, University of Worcester

Meet at Broadwaters car park, Kidderminster - 1.15pm for 2.00pm

Report
26th March

Saltwell's revisited - Doulton's Pit

  Meet at Broadwaters car park, Kidderminster, at 1.30pm

CANCELLED

 
23rd April

Martley - exploring one of the Martley geology trails

 CANCELLED

  
28th May 

Doulton's Pit, Saltwells, Dudley

(afternoon visit 2.00 - 4.00pm)

This visit was originally planned for 8th May but had to be cancelled because of inclement weather and poor site conditions 

    
25th June

The Teme Trail, Ludlow, including a visit to Ludlow Museum's geological collection (TBC)

Report
13th August

Bewdley Building Stones trail

Please note change of date

 

7th September

 

No meeting

 
24th September

Snailbeach Mine (afternoon visit)

Booking essential

Report
22nd October

Geological mapping

 
26th November

Apologies for the cancellation of the October meeting

This meeting is the first of three sessions to be held over the next few weeks as preparation for a field visit to the Ercall Quarry, the Wrekin in Shropshire in the spring.

The sessions will be led by Mike Preston, a geologist who is associated with The Earth Heritage Trust.

The first meeting (26th November) will consider basic geological principles as they relate to the Ercall Quarry visit.   The meeting will be held at Kidderminster Baptist Church hall, Franche Road, Kidderminster at 2.00pm 

The second meeting, on Wednesday, 21st January (TBC), will consider the use of geological maps in relation to the Ercall Quarry visit.

The field trip to the Ercall Quarry will take place in March, (date to be decided). The visit will be a day visit.

Cost per meeting / visit £5 per person

 
17th December

General meeting - planning the 2015 programme

Kidderminster Baptist Church hall, Franche Road, Kidderminster at 2.00pm

 

 

Geology Programme - 2013

 

23rd January

 The Wyre Forest Coalfield - Speaker - Reg Fisher

Willow Court Room, Wilton Avenue, Franche, Kidderminster

2.00pm to 4.00pm

 

 

27th February

The Dudley Volcano (Barrow Hill, Dudley)

Meet at Broadwaters Car Park, Kidderminster at 1.30pm

 

Report

20th March

Worcester Cathedral geology trail

Meet at Broadwaters Car Park, Kidderminster at 12.30pm

 

Report

17th April

Highley and the Wyre Forest Coalfield

Meet at Broadwaters Car Park, Kidderminster at 1.30pm

 

Report

22nd May

Wenlock Edge 

Meet at Broadwaters Car Park, Kidderminster at 1.15pm

Visit to Knowle Quarry and the Wenlock Edge

(Please note change of date and programme)

 

Report

19th June

Ludlow - Viewing the Murchison collection 

 

An opportunity to view the Murchison collection of geological samples and fossils held in the town's museum and store, not usually accessible to the public

 

 Please note change to the original published programme

 

Report

17th July

 The Geopark Way - Alveley quarry, the building stones of the parish church and the remains of coal mining 

 

A guided visit by the Country Park Ranger (approximate charge £3)

 

Please note change to the original published programme  

 

Report

21st August

Shelsley Walsh

Meet at Broadwater's Car Park, Kidderminster at 1.30pm

 

Report

18th September

The Kidderminster Triassic

Meet at Broadwaters Car Park, Kidderminster at 1.30pm

 

Report

16th October

Martley Rock

Meet at Broadwaters Car Park, Kidderminster at 1.30pm

 Please note that the OS map reference referred to in the report is to be found on Landranger 150 - "Worcester and the Malverns"

 

Report

21st November

The Lapworth Museum, Birmingham University

Meet at Broadwaters Car Park, Kidderminster at 12.30pm

 

Report

 

Report

18th December

Members' meeting including an opportunity to share personal rock and fossil collections

Shatterford Village Hall, 2.00 pm

 Please note change of date and venue

 

 

 Programme arrangements might change, so please check the website for up-to-date information 

 

 

 

 

Reports of visits made in 2012

 

Wren's Nest, Dudley

 

Saltwells Nature Reserve and Doulton's Pit, Dudley

 

The Lickey Hills and Barnt Green Quarry