Field Trips

West Sussex Geological Society

Field Trip Programme for 2018 to July, more to follow

Sunday 4th March 2018
Leader David Bone
Geology walk on Hesworth Common
A geological walk around the common, with good views of the landscape of the low greensand and gault hills, and along the scarp of the South Downs
We will discuss how it was formed and the geology, only a short walk but with superb views
Start at 2:30pm. RH20 1EW, car park on the B2138 near A283 junction, ends about 4pm

27 May and 23 Sept
Smokejacks Brickworks, Walliswood, Nr. Ockley, Surrey HGS fieldtrip
Please contact Peter Austen 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, 29 April –Geology and fossils with coastal change with
David Bone at Selsey, West Sussex (with Wessex OUGS contact Jeremy Cranmer

12/13 May – Long Weekend in Dorset – John Lonergan.
Details to follow

Wednesday evening, 30 May –Worthing Town Trail – centre & west – leader by the WSGS committee using one of our Worthing geology trail leaflets.Meet at 7pm at Worthing Pier, Marine Parade, Worthing BN11 3PX

Saturday, 16 June –Littlehampton Museum – identifying rocks and fossils.
Bring along your fossils, mineral and rocks for identification, or geology questions and look at their geological display. 10am to 1pm (tbc) at Littlehampton Museum, Manor House, Church Street, Littlehampton BN17 5EW

Wednesday evening, 27 June – Building stones and history of St Botolph’s Church, Bramber – leader David Bone. Meet at 7.30pm at the church Annington Rd, Bramber BN44 3WA

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, meet at Bognor station at 11am

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 2017 trips will be added as they are confirmed
John Lonergan
Field Trip Secretary
West Sussex Geological Society
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