Programme Secretary: David Bone
Telephone: 01243 788474 (evenings)
TRG Homepage: http://www.tertiary-research.org
of the Programme are as complete as far as possible at the date of issue.
Updates will appear as necessary, and will be posted on our Web site.
is open to all, irrespective of membership status, however it is advised that
you let the Field Trip Director or myself know that you wish to attend, at least
7 days in advance, so that you can be told of any venue change or cancellation.
If you require a lift, please contact the Field Trip Director or David Bone.
fee of £1 is collected from each member and adult guest to cover personal
accident and third party liability insurance. The Tertiary Research Group
cannot accept liability for any loss or accident incurred whilst on out field
meetings. Everyone who attends does so at his or her own risk. Always wear
suitable footwear and clothing. For quarry visits, please bring your own hardhat
and high visibility vest.
The Tertiary Research Group is always interested in hearing about new (or old) localities to visit, temporary exposures, or providing assistance with research activities that can be included in the programme. Please contact David Bone with details.
13th January 2000. AGM at 81 Crofton Lane, Orpington, Kent.
David and Alison Ward.
Everyone is welcome to the Annual General Meeting. Please bring any
interesting, spectacular or unidentified finds from the previous year.
Arrive from 12.30pm onwards. The formal meeting starts at 2pm. Cold
food will be available from 1pm; hot food and drink from about 5pm. Nearest
railway station: Petts Wood.
For further details, please contact David Ward on 01689
(day and evening) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
17th February 2001. Field meeting to Whitecliff Bay, Isle of
John Quayle and Martin Munt
This classic site on the Isle of Wight shows an almost complete
sequence through the lower Tertiary, including many fossiliferous horizons.
Hopefully winter storms will have cleared foreshore exposures in addition to the
ever-present cliff sections. If exposures are poor on the day, the itinerary may
be changed to suit interests of members.
Meet in Brading village car park (SZ 606874; on the left just before
the Waxworks Museum and church when heading south from Ryde) at 10.00am. If you
expect to arrive later, please advise the leader or David Bone so that
alternative arrangements can be agreed.
John Quayle has kindly offered to invite members back to his house
after the meeting. Please register you interest in attending, so that we have an
idea of numbers.
18th March 2001. Field meeting to Barton on Sea, Hampshire.
Fossiliferous Barton Group, with plenty of well-preserved molluscs
and occasional vertebrates to be found. If the wet weather prevailing at the
time of writing this programme continues, there should be plenty of fresh slips
and exposures along the cliffs.
Low water is around 11.10am, so the tide will be rising during the
day and return along the cliffs may be necessary. The cliffs can be dangerous
with ravines, mudflows and vertical drops. Please only attend if you can cope
with these hazards. Children should be closely supervised.
Meet at 11.00am near the hotel on the coast road at SZ 237930 (on
street parking). Bring a packed lunch.
8th April 2001. Field meeting to BELTINGE, ETC.
and details not finalised.
2001. Field meeting to the Aquitaine Basin, southwest France.
Tentative dates: Wednesday 16th - Sunday
20th May (or September 2001?)
Negotiations are under way with Didier Merle in Paris to arrange
access to some sites in the Aquitaine region and Bas Pyrenees. These range from
Eocene (Late Ypresian) to Miocene (Burdigalian). In contrast to the Paris Basin,
the sites are mostly in silty clays / sandy silts, often overgrown and not
necessarily easy to reach.
Suggested sites in the area between Biarritz and Dax (southwest
corner of France) eastwards, are Gaas (Rupelian Oligocene), St. Etienne d'Orthe
(Chattian Oligocene), Poudenx (early Lutetian) and the classic Tuilerie de Gan
(late Ypresian-early Lutetian). Published references on the area can be supplied
in due course.
The main palaeontological interest at these sites is concerned with
rich faunas of small molluscs, fish teeth, otoliths, and profuse microfossils.
Larger material is nowadays hard to find.
It is suggested that participants depart early on the Wednesday
morning to arrive the same evening (a long drive) - shared transport is
recommended (perhaps a people-carrier could be arranged?). Site visits on
Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Return on Sunday. Please register your interest
and thoughts about the timing with David Bone. You will be put in contact with
others who have registered interest, so that transport and accommodation details
can be arranged on a mutual basis.
15th – Sunday 17th
June 2001. Reims and surrounding area, France.
Chris King (and others if they can be persuaded!)
A design-it-yourself ramble around some of the richly fossiliferous
sites of the Paris Basin, taking in other facets of local interest coupled with
good wine and food in wonderful countryside. Any suggestions for localities to
visit will be welcome.
Contact David Bone as early as possible if you are interested (but
no later than 30th April), so that transport and accommodation arrangements can
be investigated. Car sharing will be essential, as it will be necessary to
restrict the number of vehicles. Please indicate if you can offer a lift.
1st July 2001. Field meeting to Chichester Harbour, West Sussex and TRG
The morning will be spent wading through the mud in Chichester
Harbour and locating the (sometimes) fossiliferous deposits that span the
Reading through to London Clay Formations. Horizons yielding plant remains,
molluscs and scarce sharks’ teeth (not all together) are occasionally exposed.
The sites visited and time spent at each will depend upon the interests of the
Meet at11.00am in the car park on the south side of Chichester
Railway Station (SU 860043).
Following the field meeting, members are invited to a barbecue at
the leader’s home from 3.00pm. Hot food will be served as soon as possible
after that time. Please bring any specimens for show or discussion.
It is essential that you register your interest at least 10 days in
advance so that appropriate catering arrangements can be made (01243
Offers of additional supplies will always be welcome.
15th July 2001. Field meeting to Plumstead Cemetery Pit, south-east London.
An excavation will be attempted to re-expose a section in the
Plumstead Cemetery Pit (the former and now built over South Metropolitan
Meet at 10.30am in Radnor Crescent, Plumstead (grid ref. to follow).
Location maps can be provided on request by the Director or David Bone nearer
12th August 2001. Field meeting on the Tertiary deposits of
An excursion around fossiliferous (bivalves, gastropods and shark
teeth) exposures of “Bagshot Beds” (Barton/Bracklesham Group) and Pliocene
age Netley Heath Beds (fossiliferous Red Crag equivalent). This will involve
driving between sites and some walking at each location. Bring a packed lunch if
you wish, but we will stop at a pub for refreshment.
Meet at 10.30am at the public car park by the monument on the east
side of the B383 (Chobham Road), Chobham Common, Surrey (SU 9650 6550). For
those with internet access, go to page http://www.streetmap.co.uk/streetmap.dll?G2M?X=496750&Y=165750&A=Y&Z=3
8th September 2001. Meeting at the Natural History Museum,
Jerry Hooker and Adrian Rundle
Over the past few years, the TRG has held very successful meetings
at Abbey Wood with some exciting finds being made (see October meeting). The
purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity for members to see Abbey
Wood fossils, particularly of vertebrates, and receive guidance in the
techniques for recognition and identification of specimens. The mammal remains,
for which Abbey Wood is justly famous, will be complemented by material from the
mollusc and other fossil groups.
Meet at the Natural History Museum (Cromwell Road entrance)
reception desk at 10.30am. A break will be taken for lunch and the meeting will
finish at 4.00pm.
It is essential to register your interest with David Bone. Numbers
must be limited to a maximum of 30 people and preference will be given to
attendees of Abbey Wood field meetings.
7th October 2001. Field meeting to Abbey Wood, SE London.
This trip continues to be the most popular of recent years, with
individuals and extended families taking the opportunity to dig and sieve the
shell beds which make this the most fossiliferous site in the London area. Children
are most welcome, but must be kept away from the edges of the excavation.
Attendance requires all participants to retain and search all
material over 0.5mm and to bring all reptile, bird and mammal remains to the
Director’s attention. Please bring a digging implement, a large bucket or bowl
for sieving, lots of bags and your own set of graded sieves. Water for wet
sieving will be available. Some
communal tubs will be available for sieving, but demand is high – please try
to be self-sufficient. .
Meet at 10.00am on the north side of Lesnes Abbey Woods, east of the
ruined Abbey itself. It is a short walk up this path to the excavation within
the woods. Abbey Wood station is within walking distance. Drivers please park on
Abbey Road (the B213), not in the woods.
in recent years, we must employ a council worker and hire shuttering to prevent
hole collapse. This is a costly
undertaking, so it is hoped that all active participants will make an
appropriate donation ( in the order of £10) to help cover this necessary
expense. To those who have done so
previously, our gratitude for their generosity.
17th November 2001.
Southleigh Landfill Site
This is provisional on permission being obtained.
More details will be available nearer the time.
Children under 16 years of age are not allowed in the site.
Members may like to take advantage of two Geologists’ Association
field meeting (1) Saturday 31st March 2001 to the Coralline Crag
exposed at Broom Pit, near Orford, Suffolk. Leader: Alan Lane. (2) a weekend on
the Isle of Wight from 14th to 16th September, courtesy of
the Museum of Isle of Wight Geology. Further details from David Bone or the GA
Circular nearer the time.
If you hear of any other trips that may be of interest to TRG
members, please let us know so that they can be put on the TRG website.