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WGCG Members’ Field Visit to Blockley Quarry
July 31 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Blockley Brickpit (now re-named Wellacre Quarry) is owned by Northcot Brick Ltd., who allow
parties to visit the site under supervision. Dale Moss will be our guide for the day.
The location is near Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire about a mile NE of Blockley village on the B4479.
WGCG Member, Jon Radley, has agreed to lead the trip, and is familiar with the geology and history of the
Geology: It is a well known and much celebrated SSSI site, exposing a small part of the Lower Lias clay,
which is especially well developed at this location. It has been of much scientific importance in
establishing ammonite evolutionary trends, helping to construct a detailed zonal sequence for the
It is particularly fossiliferous at Blockley, with many other invertebrate groups also preserved,
offering good possibilities for specimen collecting.
However, be warned that the site is muddy (especially if wet). Minimum safety wear required
by the operators is hi-vis vests, hard hats and strong protective boots (preferably steel-capped
safety boots). You should also bring clothing appropriate for the weather expected.
Pre-booked WGCG members are asked to assemble at 10.00 a.m. at the entrance to the site.
They will need to make their own travel arrangements in accordance with whatever Covid arrangements are in force at the time of our visit.
We hope to be able to spend up to around 4-5 hours on the site….until “mid afternoon” (? 3 p.m. max).
Members will need to provide their own picnic lunch / drinks and collecting paraphernalia! For once, the
use of hammers on loose material is permitted.
Please note that places are limited to 20 overall, and we have also invited BCGS members to attend. Initially the first 15 places will be offered to WGCG members in strict order of application. Please indicate if you wish to be placed on a waiting list if further places become available. For insurance purposes, you must be a fully paid up member of WGCG or BCGS.
WGCG membership is open to all and is free for those in full-time education.
The info. shown here is a summary. For more details, members should contact Julie Harrald. The e-mail for WGCG is: [email protected]
Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group (WGCG)