Field Trip: Somerset Geology Group - Meeting & Trip to Fyne Court

Leader: Garry Dawson & Richard Snelling

Entry Fee

Members: Free

Visitors: £3.00

Date and Time



Fyne Court, Broomfield, Bridgwater TA5 2EQ

Field Trip Description

0.15 - 11.00 Welcome and progress with the Review of Somerset’s Local Geological Sites (LGS) - our joint project with Somerset Environmental Record Centre (SERC):

  • An overview of where we are and progress this summer with the Mendips Wesley Harris (SERC) and Megan Trunks and Jon Hicks (SERC volunteers)
  • The overall context of SERCs work programme and systems; Leanne Butt (SERC’s Manager)
  • Questions and discussion

11.00 - 11.45 Thinking about next steps

  • Opportunities for Geo-conservation in the Quantocks; Garry Dawson (SGG)
  • Management of sites from the landowner’s perspective; Richard Snelling (the National Trust’s Countryside Manager for West Somerset)
  • Questions and discussion

11.45 - 12.15 Sharing information

  • Round to share information on other geo-conservation and geo- interpretation projects in or relevant to Somerset
  • Any other SGG business including ideas for the 2020 meeting

12.15 - 1.00 pm: Picnic lunch

  • We will be able to chat informally over picnic lunch, in the hall or outside if the weather is fine (the hall has a small garden area). You are welcome to bring a picnic - and/or there is a NT café within Fyne Court, only a couple of minutes walk away).

1.00 -2.15 - Site visit to LGS within the ground of National Trust’s Fyne Court

  • a Morte Slates LGS of relatively modest interest , but it will enable us to look at the practicalities of management and conservation. Hosted by the National Trust and led by Garry Dawson and Richard Snelling

2.15 - 4.00pm - Second visit to a nearby Forestry England-owned site - to be confirmed.

  • Devonian Limestone, but our date may clash with forestry work there, so we may need to amend plans on the day. Led by Garry Dawson.

Please email Garry Dawson at [email protected] if you plan to come, so that we have an idea of numbers.

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