Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group (WGCG) was established in 1990 This was by few enthusiasts who wanted to raise awareness of and conserve the many rock exposures
dotted around the county. The membership has since grown and includes many enthusiastic amateurs, students and teachers
as well as some professional geologists. New members are always welcome.
The group has three major aims:
Learn about our rocks, minerals and fossils and how the
geology has shaped our landscape.
Help to conserve Warwickshire's natural heritage by joining one
of our work parties to improve the conditions of our valuable sites.
Above all, we hope you will want to share in the passion of learning
all about our fascinating geology and caring for it in a practical way.
The activities of the group include:
During the winter months we enjoy a wide-ranging series of talks from both members and visiting speakers. Some evenings are dedicated to members' displays of photos, or rocks collected on field trips or holidays.
In the summer we concentrate on field excursions - both evening trips as well
as longer day and weekend visits. The picture to the right shows a WGCG group on Caer Caradoc, Shropshire.
We also visit towns and villages to explore the uses of different local and imported building stones.
These include the identification and maintenance of a network of
nearly 100 Local Geological Sites. Conservation by volunteers includes the clearance of overgrown sites.
Here a group are clearing a rockface at Purley Quarry, Mancetter.
WGCG has designed and erected panels which describe the local geology in an accessible way. Sites include those at Ryton Pools, Wolston village (right), Brandon Marsh and Purley Quarry.
Members are kept informed of the Group's activities through the publication of a bi-annual
Newsletter with further information being made available at lectures and field trips .