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We’re excited to announce Week 7 of our Dig Deeper series as the first of our planned Geological Tales, capturing the st...
14/09/2020

We’re excited to announce Week 7 of our Dig Deeper series as the first of our planned Geological Tales, capturing the story-telling behind many geological discoveries.

In this presentation, fossil expert and Rockwatch supporter, Robert Chandler, charms us with this tale of an amazing discovery by friend and fellow geology club member, Bill Walker.

Robert takes us back to the time of the discovery in the 1980’s and shares details about Bill’s important fossil-find and its huge scientific significance.

Read My friend discovered a dinosaur and now it’s named after him by Robert Chandler.
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-my-friend-discovered-a-dinosaur/

Week of our Dig Deeper series is the third in the series by geology expert, Alan Holiday on the topic of coastal defence...
07/09/2020

Week of our Dig Deeper series is the third in the series by geology expert, Alan Holiday on the topic of coastal defences, with its focus on Coastal Protection at Swanage.

Alan shows how the geology and other factors at Swanage Bay have led to landslides and what - and importantly - when protective measures have been put in place to help reduce the risk of further landslides.

Delve into Alan’s Coastal Protection at Swanage presentation now.
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-coastal-protection-at-swanage/

Join this year’s Rockstar Royalty and you could be crowned one of our Rockstar 2020 winners and be in with a chance of w...
03/09/2020

Join this year’s Rockstar Royalty and you could be crowned one of our Rockstar 2020 winners and be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes!

And because many schools are having a staggered return this year, we've extended the competition deadline to Monday 21st September - giving you more time to enter!

Entries can be handmade and hand written projects like this smashing Coronation Crown featuring the Queen’s precious jewels which a past Rockstar sent in with a handmade illustrated book giving the geology/geological history of the gemstones used making it, or you can use digital media to create a picture, video, animation or game.

There are plenty of ideas from other previous winners to inspire you and tips to help you so get cracking, download the entry form and send your entries in! If you publish a video online on YouTube or other video platform then simply send the link details with your entry form.

Send your entries to us at Rockwatch asap by post, email us at [email protected], or share your file with us using a file sharing site such as WeTransfer or Dropbox. Get in touch with us if you’re not sure how to send us your file.

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/join-this-years-rockstar-royalty/

For week 5 of our Dig Deeper series, we’re delighted to be featuring Jurassicgirl, aka Dr Anjana Khatwa, on one of her p...
31/08/2020

For week 5 of our Dig Deeper series, we’re delighted to be featuring Jurassicgirl, aka Dr Anjana Khatwa, on one of her popular vlog field trips from Spyway Barn to Dancing Ledge in Dorset.

In her vlog, Anjana describes how the ledge was formed hundreds of years ago through quarrying. The rocks are limestone and form part of the Portland stone formation, dating back to 146 million years ago, a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

Watch Jurassicgirl journey to Dancing Ledge.
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/jurassicgirl-journeys-to-dancing-ledge

Week four of our Dig Deeper series explores the theme of coastal defences again but this time we’re in Weymouth and the ...
24/08/2020

Week four of our Dig Deeper series explores the theme of coastal defences again but this time we’re in Weymouth and the story will be told through photographs.

Weymouth geology expert, Alan Holiday returns to present a unique longitudinal insight into coastal erosion in the Weymouth Bay area. Alan chronicles more than a century of geological changes through photographs dating back to the early 1900’s, right up to the present day.

If you look closely, you may be able to spot groynes, slumping, gabions and more!

View the presentation to find out more.
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-weymouth-coastal-defences/

Week three of our Dig Deeper series takes Rockwatchers to a place many consider to be the birthplace of earth sciences –...
17/08/2020

Week three of our Dig Deeper series takes Rockwatchers to a place many consider to be the birthplace of earth sciences – Lyme Regis.

The coastline of the South East of England may be well known for its Jurassic jewels, but it’s also vulnerable to the dangers of coastal erosion and the sea’s destructive forces, which have led to landslides.

Alan Holiday talks us through what coastal defences are and how they are helping to strengthen and conserve the coastline at Lyme Regis for generations to come.

Dive in and find out more!
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-coastal-defences-at-lyme-regis/

Read more about the amazing achievements of Marie Tharp, the woman who first mapped Planet Earth's ocean floors. The cel...
10/08/2020

Read more about the amazing achievements of Marie Tharp, the woman who first mapped Planet Earth's ocean floors.

The celebrations for the centenary of her birth on July 30 2020, have given rise to lots of information about her on social media.

Her work, not widely recognised in the 1950's as she was doing it, was instrumental in the acceptance of the theory of plate tectonics and is still highly influential today.

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/celebrating-ocean-mapmaker-marie-tharp/

The second in our Dig Deeper series is a field trip with a difference.Dr Robert Chandler will be taking you on a journey...
10/08/2020

The second in our Dig Deeper series is a field trip with a difference.

Dr Robert Chandler will be taking you on a journey through and about time!

You’ll consider how nature’s clocks have helped scientists to answer BIG questions like, how old is the Earth, how do you even measure time that long ago and who came up with the methods of studying time?

You’ll discover that these clocks are often beautiful, sometimes dangerous and each tell their own story of time.

Journey with us to find out more!
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-about-time/

The first field trip from home in our Dig Deeper series comes to us thanks to geology expert and Rockwatch friend, Dr Ro...
03/08/2020

The first field trip from home in our Dig Deeper series comes to us thanks to geology expert and Rockwatch friend, Dr Robert Chandler.

It’s a fascinating insight into the fossils of the Jurassic Period at Coombe Quarry in Mapperton, Dorset but also other historical periods including the time of the bubonic plague.

You’ll learn oodles about oolites – the type of rock particle found there and the sorts of Ammonite and mollusc fossils you can encounter too including a brand-new species discovered by Robert!

Dig Deeper to find out more at https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-fossils-and-geology-at-coombe-quarry-mapperton/

Rockwatch is thrilled to launch its new Dig Deeper series for Rockwatchers. Budding geologists will be able to explore g...
31/07/2020

Rockwatch is thrilled to launch its new Dig Deeper series for Rockwatchers.

Budding geologists will be able to explore geological sites and topics on the website thanks to our amazing team of geological experts!

Whilst you can’t physically join us on field trips at the moment, we want to bring the essence of these trips to you! The series, which will be delivered throughout August, will include essays, presentations and activities.

So, get ready to roll your sleeves up and dig deeper!

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-series-announced/

This week would have been the annual Rockwatch Leeson House Residential. My family and I are missing doing all things ge...
29/07/2020

This week would have been the annual Rockwatch Leeson House Residential. My family and I are missing doing all things geological on the Jurassic Coast. Have you got any photos from previous years that you would like to share?

This year’s Festival of Geology will be taking place online on 7-8 November. As always, Rockwatch will be involved in th...
29/06/2020

This year’s Festival of Geology will be taking place online on 7-8 November. As always, Rockwatch will be involved in the fun and it will be totally FREE. Pop the dates in your diary - we’ll share more details over the coming months! #festivalofgeology

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/festival/

Rockwatchers may be interested to explore The Royal Society’s Summer Science festival which takes place online from 13 –...
29/06/2020
Summer Science Online 2020 | Royal Society

Rockwatchers may be interested to explore The Royal Society’s Summer Science festival which takes place online from 13 – 17 July. It’s a packed itinerary featuring a free digital programme of talks, quizzes and videos celebrating cutting-edge and historic science. #SummerScience

https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2020/summer-science-online/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwoub3BRC6ARIsABGhnyapQDSpcI7V8EYHUlTjrOren2Lfyj4UnJh7f12kv93waQj3hLEoifsaAlu1EALw_wcB

Rockwatchers may be interested to explore The Royal Society’s Summer Science festival which takes place online from 13 – 17 July. It’s a packed itinerary featuring a free digital programme of talks, quizzes and videos celebrating cutting-edge and historic science. #SummerScience

A free online festival showcasing the science shaping our future

Rockwatch update on COVID -19. We hope you all stay safe
25/03/2020

Rockwatch update on COVID -19. We hope you all stay safe

Great to see so many children and familes at "The Fantastic Rocky-Fossil Road Show" in Norwich.  It was organised by the...
03/03/2020

Great to see so many children and familes at "The Fantastic Rocky-Fossil Road Show" in Norwich. It was organised by the Norfolk Mineral & Lapidary Society & Norfolk Fossil Finds UK. Thanks to all the Rockwatch members and families who came along to fossil plaster-cast and say hello!

Join us this Saturday for all sorts of fun activities  at the Rocky-Fossil Roadshow.  It's a great event for families wi...
25/02/2020

Join us this Saturday for all sorts of fun activities at the Rocky-Fossil Roadshow. It's a great event for families with activities for all ages. No need to book. Just come along. See you there!

Come along to a Geo-Craft Day at the Natural History Museum in London.  Rockwatch will be in the British Geological Surv...
04/02/2020

Come along to a Geo-Craft Day at the Natural History Museum in London. Rockwatch will be in the British Geological Survey shop making plaster of paris fossils and giving you the opportunity to handle some specimens. We're also having tours of the galleries led by museum experts. You need to book for the tours as numbers are limited - just go to our website https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/events/geo-craft-day-and-museum-tours-at-the-natural-history-museum-tuesday-18-february/
All welcome and there's no charge. See you there!

Dinosaur Competition Time!!!We're giving away two copies of the book 'Trilobites, Dinosaurs and Mammoths' - a fabulous b...
20/01/2020

Dinosaur Competition Time!!!
We're giving away two copies of the book 'Trilobites, Dinosaurs and Mammoths' - a fabulous book with wonderful paintings about the prehistory of the British Isles by James McKay.
To have a go at winning all you have to do is draw, crayon or paint us a dinosaur picture and sent it to Rockwatch at the GA, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0DU.
Be quick! We have to receive it by Friday 31st January.
The two that impress our judges the most will win. Good Luck!

Origami dinosaur, Jurassic dioramas, Microfossil workshop, fossil plastercasting - lots to do at the Festival of Geology...
01/11/2019

Origami dinosaur, Jurassic dioramas, Microfossil workshop, fossil plastercasting - lots to do at the Festival of Geology tomorrow. Stalls from all over the country with displays and minerals/fossils for sale as well as walks and talks.
Come along to University College London, Gower Street WC1 6BT. Open from 10.30 - 4.30
A FREE FESTIVAL OF EVERYTHING GEOLOGICAL!

Photos from Rockstar 2019 Prizegiving at Anglo-American Mining HQ
29/10/2019

Photos from Rockstar 2019 Prizegiving at Anglo-American Mining HQ

Photos from Rockstar 2019 Prizegiving at Anglo-American Mining HQ

Rockwatch Prizewinners 2019..amazing talent on display at Anglo-American Mining HQ in London on Friday 25 October. More ...
29/10/2019

Rockwatch Prizewinners 2019..amazing talent on display at Anglo-American Mining HQ in London on Friday 25 October. More photos to follow!

The Festival of Geology is on Saturday 2nd November - the largest free festival of its kind in the capital.  A diverse r...
25/10/2019

The Festival of Geology is on Saturday 2nd November - the largest free festival of its kind in the capital. A diverse range of activities for all. It’s at University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT and we hope you’ll be able to come along. There are loads of great activities for both children and adults!
THE DISCOVERY ROOM. Rockwatch will be there with its fossil plastercasting, diorama making and Eurypterids. You’ll also be able to have a go at sifting sand for shark’s teeth and identifying microfossils under a microscope with the Kent Geologists Group.
In the main exhibition space there are displays by geology groups from all over the country and various stands selling rocks, fossils and jewellery. And there are lectures throughout the day and a geological walk around the UCL campus.
A great day out for all the family. Free event. No need to book!

Join Rockwatch at the British Geological Survey Headquarters in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire on Saturday 12 October from 10...
04/10/2019

Join Rockwatch at the British Geological Survey Headquarters in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire on Saturday 12 October from 10.00 - 4.00 for a day of geological activities. Free event but you need to book https://www.bgs.ac.uk/openday/
See you there!

Come along to join in an organized  for families as part of the Open House London Festival on Saturday 21st September 10...
17/09/2019

Come along to join in an organized for families as part of the Open House London Festival on Saturday 21st September 10.00 - 5.00. There's a William Smith fossil workshop as well. You can also look round the fabulous building with the famous William Smith map, Mary Anning painting and all it's many fossils. No booking needed. Free event.

Have you had a go at our Rockstar Competition yet?It closes on September 9th so there’s still time to get your entry in....
30/08/2019

Have you had a go at our Rockstar Competition yet?
It closes on September 9th so there’s still time to get your entry in. The prizes are really great and everyone entering receives a small gift! Anything geological can be an entry. A craft project, an essay, a fieldtrip report, a painting, a drawing, a puzzle, something baked …..….. the list is endless. It just has to be something to do with geology – rocks, fossils, minerals, dinosaurs! You can get an idea of what the judges are looking for from the website which gives you tips as well as the judging criteria. There is also a form to download. https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/rockstars-and-rockwriter-competitions/
The main competition is for 16 and under but if you are over that you can enter the Rockwriter competition. Open to up to 18s and a chance to be published.

The summer seems to be being a bit 'variable', but any wet days can be put to good use!  Have a go at our Rockstar Compe...
15/08/2019

The summer seems to be being a bit 'variable', but any wet days can be put to good use! Have a go at our Rockstar Competition. There are lots of different age categories with great prizes in all of them - and absolutley everyone who enters receives a small gift if they send in an sae to get their entry back! Anything geological - craft, essay, report on a trip, puzzles. Have a go! And good luck.
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/rockstar-2019-form.pdf

Last morning - and a hot walk up to Agglestone Rock - plus a bit of climbing
10/08/2019

Last morning - and a hot walk up to Agglestone Rock - plus a bit of climbing

Day 3 of Leeson House trip. A trip to Brownsea Island to see more recent rocks, and red squirrels that were too quick to...
09/08/2019

Day 3 of Leeson House trip. A trip to Brownsea Island to see more recent rocks, and red squirrels that were too quick to be fossilised. And more geology T-shirt modelling!

Day 2 at Leeson House - moth discovery in the morning. After that, fossil hunting with Steve Etches in Kimmeridge Bay, f...
08/08/2019

Day 2 at Leeson House - moth discovery in the morning. After that, fossil hunting with Steve Etches in Kimmeridge Bay, followed by a trip to Osmington Mills to look for brachiopods and trace fossils, and finally, a quick trip to The Etches Collection museum. Plus, some early geology T-shirt modelling.

Day 1 of Leeson House Trip - bucketfuls of ammonites, belemnites, gryphea and crinoids at Tidmoor Point, oolitic limesto...
07/08/2019

Day 1 of Leeson House Trip - bucketfuls of ammonites, belemnites, gryphea and crinoids at Tidmoor Point, oolitic limestone and echinoids at Wyke Regis, a little bit of shingle at Chesil Beach, fossil trees and algal burrs in Portland and one raised beach (that it was safe to get to in very windy weather) on Portland Bill

Evening one of Leeson House Trip- mapping local sea level changes through time using local rocks -all mapped out on the ...
06/08/2019

Evening one of Leeson House Trip- mapping local sea level changes through time using local rocks -all mapped out on the Leeson House grounds - and starting T-shirt decorating!

Sunrise on our last day at Leeson House .... a great week of rocks and fossil hunting that took in Tidmoor Point, Portla...
06/08/2019

Sunrise on our last day at Leeson House .... a great week of rocks and fossil hunting that took in Tidmoor Point, Portland, Kimmeridge and the Etches museum, Osmington Mills, Brownsea Island and Agglestone Rock. Great fun and friendship and fantastic support from the Lesson House team and all those who guided us through the week ...more photos to follow....

This week the Royal Society is holding its Summer Science Exhibition - an annual display of the most cutting-edge scienc...
02/07/2019

This week the Royal Society is holding its Summer Science Exhibition - an annual display of the most cutting-edge science and technology in the UK. This free, week-long festival features 22 exhibits and a series of inspiring talks and activities for all ages. Meet the scientists, discover the exciting research and technology they work on and have fun with exciting hands-on activities.
The exhibition is suitable for all ages. Public entry is free and no advance registration is required.
https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2019/summer-science-exhibition/visitor-information/#opening-hours

My Rockwatch member daughter Eloise wanted a geological birthday cake about Iceland (who doesnt?!!!). I did my best....a...
11/06/2019

My Rockwatch member daughter Eloise wanted a geological birthday cake about Iceland (who doesnt?!!!). I did
my best....and thanks Rockwatch member Rosanna for the help with the volcanoes!!

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Rockwatch member Lawrence found an awesome ammonite in one of the illminster arable fields in Somerset today!
For all geologists and collectors! A date for your diary: Essex Gem & Mineral Show – Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10am - 4pm at North Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row RM5 3QJ. Gems, rocks, fossils, minerals, jewellery, books, meteorites. www.erms.org/show--events.
Tickets still available for Wednesday talk in Wisbech.
A few fossils found this morning by my 6 year old from Bishops Hill in south Warwickshire. Assuming Jurassic period as blue lias area, crinoid stems and Gryphaea?
https://www.facebook.com/VAR.CLUB/videos/495849900883648/ T. rex and Curatosaurus roberticus missing. If found please return to Wisbech & Fenland museum.
Former Rockwatch member Gareth Monger has an exhibition of artwork for sale at wisbech and Fenland museum’s Dinosaur! Exhibition of dinosaur skeletons from Sedgwick museum and palaeoart by a local artist. Children’s activities and virtual reality sessions. Free admission. See website or Facebook for details
Dinosaur! Exhibition at Wisbech and Fenland museum. Tuesdays -Saturdays 10 - 4pm August and September. Free admission. Children’s activities and VIRTUAL REALITY sessions on Fridays and Saturdays. See website for further details
A fab day at Much Wenlock!
We had such an AMAZING time at Much Wenlock today. I'm sure I carted home several kilograms of fossils for my sons! And after 38 years I finally found a trilobite. And then several more. Now for the T-rex bone ...
Some great finds at Bracklesham Bay!
Thank you for a nice (bit wet, hehe) and informative field trip to Lea Quarry.
We had a wonderful day at the British Geological Survey today. This is Thomas (and Daddy) casting fossils with Rockwatch.