Tertiary Research Group

Weekend Field trip - Isle of Wight

June 9 - 11, 2000.



Friday 9 June 1pm - 5pm

Welcome at Museum of Isle of Wight Geology, High Street, Sandown, Isle of Wight.

John will welcome you to the Island.

This may be your last chance to visit the museum which is due to close shortly, well I know I said this last year, but the goal posts keep moving.

Martin apologizes for his absence, a day trip to France to remove a large fossil snail!

Saturday 10 June

10.00am Duver shore, St Helens SZ 636 896.

Directions : From RYDE take the A3055 to its junction with the B3330, which will be on your left (signposted St Helens), travel c. 2.5 km to St Helens, go through the village. The road dog-legs to the left, at this point there is a road directly ahead, take that road to its end, there is a car park at the bottom of the road.

We will attempt to find a small patch of brown clay containing a range of unusual snails and bivalves from the base of the Bembridge Marls Member. If you get fed up with this you can get an ice cream cone in the nearby cafe, or paddle in the shallow intertidal zone.

Before lunch we should depart for Bembridge Foreland. Car park at SZ656 873 (you will be asked to pay £1 for parking from a resident). As the directions are a bit odd we shall attempt to convoy. Lunch can be taken at the famous Crab and Lobster pub. We will then walk the c.Ĺ km to the exposures of the base of the Bembridge Marls Member. Another development at its base which gives a different fauna.

Finish 4 - 5pm

Evening event


Silvia and John are hosting at 4 Argyll Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight. Bring a bottle. Argyll Street runs parallel to Queens Road, which has the large church on it, Johnís house is behind the church.

Sunday 11 June

10.30 Hamstead - Yarmouth end. SZ367 898 (meet in viewpoint car park)

Directions : From NEWPORT take the A3054 via Shalfleet, past Bouldnor, until the road meets the sea c. 1km from Yarmouth.

We will look at the foreshore exposures, find some interesting shell beds, and hopefully some bits of old mammal, tortoise, plants etc. WARNING: Wellington boots highly recommended for this very soft site. This site should have something for everybody, not just people obsessed with old dead shells.

Low tide will be about 1.40pm, finish: if you survive the mud flows.

Essential phone numbers :

Geological Museum 01983 404344

Martin home 01983 291049

Martin mobile 07970 009882

John home 01983 564746

email : martin@miwg.freeserve.co.uk