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Our meetings are currently held in Bristol with the ultimate aim being to run a variety of events across the area. 

  • Our meetings are currently located at The Hub at Aztec West
  • Atkins Bristol - map link

Some talks and events are hosted at other locations and will be detailed on the flyer. See upcoming talks below.

To contact us please email or use the relevant committee member e-mail addresses provided to the right. Please contact us to register for email updates regarding the Western Regional Group or if you would like to be affiliated to the group.

The group aims to cover all aspects of geology, both academic and applied, and would also like to represent all levels of experience.

If you're interested and have ideas for evening lectures on topics we have not yet covered, then please get in touch.

Our news in 2019 so far...

The WRGS Summer Field Trip: On the trail of William Smith in southwest Bath


On a gorgeous sunny Saturday in June, thirty members of the WRG attended the group’s summer field trip, which focused on an area to the southwest of Bath. The trip was led by Professor Maurice Tucker from the University of Bristol, who provided a fascinating insight into the local geology as well as aspects of the local history. 

The day started at Brown’s Folly where we visited eleven of the outcrops in the Avon Wildlife Nature Reserve. We learnt about the Great and Inferior Oolite, as well as the Fuller’s Earth Formation. We gained an insight into the quarrying that dominated the area two centuries ago.

After refreshments at a local watering hole, we continued the day in the Coombe Down area of Bath which is where William Smith lived for about 12 years. We visited multiple sites along the William Smith trail that Maurice Tucker had helped to establish as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the publication of William Smith’s geological map in 2015. Unfortunately gulls and faulting meant that William Smith’s choice of location for his quarry did not lead to a successful business and he ended up in debtors prison for a number of years.

The WRG would like to say a massive thank you to Maurice for this invaluable knowledge throughout the day and for Biju Saimen (from the WRG committee) for organising the field trip.

Next, join us for our Autumn 2019 field trip to Charmouth.

Summer has finally come and we have already been busy!

Hereford Sixth Form College and Cirencester College entered this year's Western Regional Heat of the Schools Geology Challenge which was held at the Structural Soils Ltd offices in Bristol. Cirencester College were Victorious - but only by two points!

A huge congratulations to Cirencester College who went on to compete in the final at the National Schools Challenge at Burlington House. 

WRG Regional Final of the Schools Competition 2019

Early Careers Geologist Award

The winner of the Western Regional Heat of the Early Careers Geologist Award is Wesley Dixon from Structural Soils Ltd.

Wesley’s talk centred around the use of electronic tablets and optical televiewers as logging aids during the Wylfa Ground investigations.

Congratulations Wes for coming Runner Up in the Early Careers Award Finals held at Burlington House this year!

Calling all Early Careers Awards entrants for 2020: submissions for 2020 are now open. Please send all entries to Mike Addinall ( by 12 January 2020. More information coming soon.

Charmouth, Dorset Field Trip

On the 28th September the Western Regional Group held a field trip to Charmouth in Dorset, one of the key fossil hunting locations on the Jurassic Coast, a designated UNESCO World Heritage. The group were introduced to the West Dorset Fossil Collecting Code of Conduct, the geology of the Lower Jurassic Charmouth Mudstone Formation present along this section of the coast and the fossils typically found in the Black Ven Marls, Belemnite Marls and the Green Ammonite Beds. 


After an intense few hours of fossil hunting along the beach and some incredible fossil finds (we think so anyway), we headed back to Charmouth Heritage Centre for a cup of tea and judging by the manager of the Heritage Centre. Between the group the finds included various species of ammonites, belemnites, bivalves and crinoids with the best find judged to be a fine example of an Oxynoticeros Oxynotum ammonite from the Black Ven Marls. (see below).   

Our thanks again to Gary Riches for leading the hunt. Everyone agrees that it was a perfect way to spend our Saturday.

2019 programme

We continuously update our programme. The presentation flyers are sent out the month before each talk, and the field trip flyers are sent out a few months before. 

Please contact us if you require any further information about our upcoming talks and field trips.

December: Winter Break

  • 21 January 2020: Early Careers Award, Annual General Meeting.  Apply for the Early Careers Award now!
  • 18 February 2020: Talk - The Engineering Geology and Geomorphology of Hot Deserts by Professor Jim Griffiths, Plymouth University

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Gemma Sherwood

Vice Chair

Louisa McAra


Helen Culshaw


Liz Withington

Event Officers

Evening Meetings: Tom Gould and Gemma Sherwood

Socials & Fieldtrips: Biju Saimon

Chartership Officer

Vix Edmonds

Young Geoscientist Officer & Competitions

Mike Addinall

General Committee Members

Mark Howson

Gary Riches

Josh Taylor

The New CPD Scheme

The Presentation given by Glenys Rugman of the Geological Society Chartership Committee on 21/02/2017 is available to download.

It is important for Fellows to be aware of these changes:

 "" The new Continuing Professional Development reporting system will soon be available on the Geological Society website.

 ""  Keeping up to date with CPD is not only a requirement for Chartership and post-Chartership, but is essential for all Fellows as part of our personal and professional development.

 ""  The Geological Society will be rolling out the online CPD system which will be easier and clearer to use.

 ""  This presentation will detail the changes of the new system and how to use it.