Somerset Geology Group is one of thirty RIGS groups in Britain that are part of GeoConservationUK. Their principal concern is to conserve and promote the geodiversity of Somerset as defined by the rocks, landforms, soils and water resources. Set up as informal group within Somerset Wildlife Trust it maintains close relations with local authorities, research workers and the British Geological Survey.
Members have recorded many hundreds of sites of geological interest and also documented observations of temporary exposures from pipelines and road building projects. The Regionally Important Geological Sites (RIGS) in the county were identified by the group and the information collected for these sites is available via SERC.
The Somerset Geology Group is a loose association, acting as a ‘clearing house’ and focus for Somerset geology. The group meet occasionally and have a newsletter that is widely circulated. They also hold a card index of Somerset publications and an extensive collection of research papers.
The group has no formal set-up or constitution, and there is no membership fee. To find out about the group’s activities and get to involved simply register you interest. The group advise on planning and development and assist with enquiries from conservation organisations, researchers, government officers and the public.
Student volunteers – 2019
The Somerset Geology Group (SGG), in partnership with the Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC), is undertaking a project to review Somerset’s 230 Local Geological Sites (LGS). These were formerly designated as Regionally Important Geological Sites (RIGS). The project is supported by several organisations including The Curry Fund of the Geologists’ Association, Exmoor National Park Authority, and Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society.
To complete the desk-based site research and fieldwork for this review, SERC are seeking applications from geology undergraduates and post-graduates. The successful interns will work on a voluntary basis, but training and travelling expenses to site will be provided. The availability of an academic email account (.ac) would be useful. SERC is based at the Somerset Wildlife Trust HQ in Taunton, but interns will be required to work throughout Somerset.
We are seeking individuals able to commit at least three months of their time to the project. Fieldwork began in 2017 and is expected to continue for a further two years. Our focus in 2019 will be on sites in the Mendips and the completion of Exmoor/West Somerset. Closing date for applications is 3rd May 2019.
For further details please contact :-
Joint Co-ordinator – Garry Dawson Tel 01823 282305 email: Somersetgeology@gmail.com
Details about the geology of Somerset can be downloaded here.
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