The Rocks Beneath your Feet - a dayschool in local Geology

Ref: C3125870

The pioneer researches by Murchison and his fellow border squires, clerics and doctors in the early 19th Century will lead us into an examination of the principal rock types in Herefordshire. The effects of the various phases of the last Ice Age particularly in the Leintwardine-Wigmore area and its major contribution to the local landscape will also be covered. The day will include practical work on local rocks and their contained fossils particularly corals, trilobites, graptolites and freshwater fish.

Course aim

To provide an overview of the main rock types seen in Herefordshire and to highlight the early19th Century development of geology in the county.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the principal rock types in the Herefordshire-South Shropshire area and appreciate their geological age in terms of the total age of the Earth.
  • Appreciate that in north Herefordshire, south Shropshire & nearby areas of Powys many of the key principles of geology were first established in the early 19th Century.
  • Understand that each geological stratum has its own unique assemblage of fossils.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be useful to bring a reading glass or a small magnifying glass (x 10) for the examination of fossil specimens. A notebook and pen/pencil would also be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Day school will be partially based on the new book 'Herefordshire's Rocks & Scenery - A Geology of the County' published by Logaston Press (2017). Purchase is optional and It is probably best read after the study day.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Both the Woolhope Club (Geology Section) based in Hereford and the Teme Valley Geological Society based in west Worcestershire offer regular geology talks and mainly summer field trips. They both welcome beginners to the subject.

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The Rocks Beneath your Feet - a dayschool in local Geology


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