Reading Geological Society - December Lecture

Mon 2nd Dec. 2019

Survivors the animals and plants that time has left behind.
A talk by Richard Fortey FRS, Natural History Museum
See Survivors Poster for details.

Next Event

7 December 2019
Walk around Bucklebury Common with Lesley Dunlop
Meeting point: The car park on the south side of the road called The Common, which runs between Upper Bucklebury and Chapel Row. Coming from the west it is just after a track leading off to the south. About 50m after the track the car park entrance has a height restriction barrier. SU 56067 69286 Nearest postcode RG7 6QE

A walk of about 3 miles on good tracks which may be slightly muddy. We will be walking in the area to the south of The CommonThe geology is gravel overlying London Clay. There are some interesting gullies in the clay.
Bucklebury Common was one of many open, wild and windswept heaths up until the early 20th century when many commoners grazed sheep and cattle on the heather and cut gorse for fuel. When these practices stopped birch recolonised the area and the landscape changed. Today work is being undertaken to restore parts of the heathland by removing invasive bracken, birch and pine trees. This will allow rare and uncommon species such as the nightjar and woodlark to flourish.

About us

Chalk MicrographThe Berkshire Geoconservation Group is a volunteer group which works with local authorities, landowners and the general public to safeguard our special landscape for future generations and to promote understanding of its geology and geodiversity.

We designate sites of significance within the county so that these can be conserved and enhanced where appropriate. We also produce a Local Geodiversity Action Plan which identifies actions to be taken over a five year period. Blackwater Gravels This aims to guide the conservation and interpretation of the geological features of Berkshire.

If you are interested in any aspect of geoconservation please consider joining BGG. Even if you do nothing else with the group, by simply becoming a member you will be making a big difference. Membership is free and all members receive news and information about our activities.

We hold the occasional walk to areas of geological interest and anyone is most welcome to join us. If you would like to suggest a walk of interest then please do so. We are happy to give talks to local groups about the geology of the area.

Contact us if you would like more information.