Field Trips

West Sussex Geological Society

Field Trip Programme for 2018 to October, more details to follow

Saturday, 14 July – Bognor/Felpham foreshore with David Bone.
The foreshore exposures of Palaeogene geology which have yielded nationally important fossil material from the London Clay and Reading Formations. A good low tide is required, constraining a beach visit to early evening, so the day will commence with visits to two medieval churches to look at the history of the area and use of local building stone. Final decision on the foreshore locality, either the London Clay at Bognor or the Reading Formation at nearby Felpham will be nearer the date as it depends on the condition of the foreshore exposures– email to be sent final details. NEW START TIME and PLACE., meet at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Bersted Street, South Bersted, Bognor Regis PO22 9QB Grid Ref 9347 0022 at 11:30am. Roadside Parking

Sunday, 5 August – Newhaven – leader Andy Cosham.
Park in the Beach car park at 11am, then examine the landscape, chalk cliffs and Paleogene, low tide at 11:40.

Sunday, 19 August – Sussex chalk and environmental change – leader Rory Mortimore
Chalk around Lewes and Caburn with the new GA Guide and then the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes

Sunday 9th September
Smokejacks Brickworks, Walliswood, Nr. Ockley, Surrey HGS fieldtrip organised by Kent Geologist's Group
Please contact Peter Austen at least 10 days before if attending (01323 899237, e-mail: with a contact phone number in case there’s any change of plan. This Weald Clay brickpit has yielded a number of important finds over the past three decades. In 1983 Bill Walker, an amateur collector, found a new theropod dinosaur, Baryonyx walkeri,

Sunday, 9 September - Piltdown Car Ramble with S. E. OUGS – leader John Lonergan following Matt Pope’s recent research, aiming to visit the sites of the fraud and examine the genuine geology and archaeology.

Sunday, 7 October – Herstmonceux Science Centre – Alan Bell.
A minibus will be available from Worthing for a small charge...visit the Observatory and science centre with an opportunity to see some of the historic telescopes. There will be a charge for entry depending on numbers and a small additional charge for the guided tour.Details to follow.

Pease note that on all field trips we will collect one pound from WSGS members and two pounds from visitors to cover costs on the day (also covers Day Membership for our insurance) Note – more 2018 trips will be added as they are confirmed
John Lonergan
Field Trip Secretary
West Sussex Geological Society
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