Gloucestershire Geology Trust


Gloucestershire Geology Trust Courses


Dave Green - Geostudies

Geostudies is run by Dave Green, a self-confessed geological enthusiast, who simply likes to pass it on! He has taught Geology at various levels, from O level to undergraduate, since 1974, at various institutions; secondary schools in Gloucester and Ross, Further Education Colleges in Stroud, Swindon, and the Forest of Dean, the WEA, the Open University and, for the last 12 years, the University of Bristol. He is an all-round geologist, but inclines towards agreeing that he is keener on the “hard rock” side of geology (older sediments, igneous and metamorphic rocks, geological structures etc.) but has a more than passable knowledge of soft rocks and their fossils, and is very interested in Quaternary geology and the development of landforms. It would be fair to describe him as “laid back” and patient in his approach, and keen to make sure that students are grasping ideas in a subject that can sometimes be fairly inaccessible, often due to jargon. Above all he is enthusiastic about the subject, something that he hopes will rub off!

Details of the courses being run by Dave are shown below. Unless otherwise stated, for more information, contact Dave on 01594 860 858 or

April 2015

Monday 13th April, for 10 weeks, until 6th July (not 4th, 11th or 25th May): Geological Maps and Mapping. How to read geological maps, constructing cross sections, structural summary maps. Maps from abroad. Some of the time spent will be in the field collecting data for the drawing of a geological map (this could be over a weekend away). Held at Wynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester from 7.30-9.30pm on Mondays. Cost £70.

May 2015

Saturday 14th May: Field Course: Oxenton, Dixton, Alderton, Nottingham- Geology of the North Cotswolds Outliers. A Saturday Dayschool.

23rd-30th May: Field trip to Brittany, based at Erquy, near St Malo, looking at complex Cadomian geology and cover rocks. There are still some vacancies for this course, however, accommodation would need to be arranged in the town.

June 2015

Tues 9th June - Tues 21st July: Field Course: Geology and Landscape in Gloucestershire (evening field course Tuesdays 7-9). First meeting point:- Cleeve Hill – small quarry Car Park on Common, beyond golf club entrance (SO989271) at 7pm Tuesday 9th June. Further sessions on website, separate leaflet, and/or by contacting Dave Green.

Saturday 27th June: Field Course: Geology of the Woolhope Area. A Saturday Dayschool.

Dr. Nick Chidlaw

The tutor is a geologist with 30 years of post-graduate experience in teaching, research, publishing and industrial consulting. As a research student, he studied the sedimentology of Early Jurassic strata in the Cotswolds, carried out at the former St Paul and St Mary College Cheltenham (now the University of Gloucestershire), and the University of Bristol. During this time he taught undergraduates thin section petrography and field mapping skills (Arran, Lake District, Lizard). In the late 1980's he worked as a part time OU tutor on the Science Foundation course in Bristol. He has taught adult education courses for over 20 years, mostly during his time at Bristol University, and in recent years for Cardiff University.

Details of the courses being run by Nick are shown below. Unless otherwise stated, for more information, contact Nick on

July 2015

The South Malverns and Adjacent Areas: A Circular Geological Walk
Saturday 11th July 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

The dramatic ridge of the Malvern Hills has attracted the curiosity of geologists and naturalists, and drawn walkers for generations. This field day will take you on a gently-paced, circular walk across part of the high south Malverns, and the lower 'hogs back' and scarp country to the west. Frequent stops will allow landforms, both near and distant, and their underlying geology to be explained, and rock exposures examined en route. A variety of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks will be studied of Late Precambrain and Silurian age, revealing a legacy from two major episodes of plate tectonic collision and intervening tropical coral-rich seas. The walk is approximately 4 miles long, and no prior knowledge of geology or the area is assumed.

Jurassic Contrasts of the Cotswolds: Muddy Rift Basin Seas and Clear Limestone Shoals
Sunday 12th July 10.00 am – 5.00 pm.

During the Jurassic period, 200 to 145 million years ago, the North Atlantic Ocean basin was only just beginning to open between what is now the United States and NW Africa, and had not yet done so from Newfoundland and Iberia northwards. This latter area, which included the British Isles, was characterised by unstable crustal tension within which the remainder of the ocean basin would eventually open. This unstable crust, overlain by shelf seas and islands, comprised a mosaic of rift basins, each with their own history of subsidence and eventual stabilisation. The area of crust that became the British Isles at this time lay about 40 degrees N and had a humid, sub-tropical climate. The Cotswolds are located in one of these formally active rift basins, and are characterised by strata that indicate repeated rifting and infilling by mostly muddy sediments in the Early Jurassic, and much greater crustal stabilisation, when mostly clear, very shallow waters and the deposition of limestones prevailed, in the Middle Jurassic. No prior knowledge of geology or the area is assumed.


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Undergraduate Courses - Geography
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AS & 'A' Level Geology
Worcester Sixth Form College, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2LU
Tel: 01905 362600
GCSE and A Level Geology
Sir Thomas Rich's School, Oakleaze, Longlevens, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 0LF
Tel: 01452 338400
A Level Geology (only offered if there is enough demand)
Cheltenham Bournside School & Sixth Form College, Warden Hill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 3EF
Tel: 01242 235555
AS & A Level Geology
John Kyrle High School, Ledbury Road, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7ET
Tel: 01989 764358
AS Level Geology                        
Cirencester College, FosseWay, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 1XA
Tel: 01285 640994
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