Fieldwork in North East Scotland

Unit code EART10102

Our NE Scotland field course introduces you to aspects of both Geology and Physical Geography including rocks, minerals, fossils, structures, glacial geomorphology, peat coring and soil analysis
  • When is the fieldtrip?

    The field trip is for 8 days during the Easter vacation in Year 1. Six days are spent in the field and the other 2 days are travel days.

    Fieldwork will be approximately from 8am to 5pm each day. Evenings are spent giving presentations over the day's work in the local pub!

  • Where is the fieldtrip?

    You will be staying at the River Edge Lodges in the Bridge of Earn, just south of Perth.

    Accommodation is in self-catering chalets. All have a kitchen with a cooker, refrigerator, kettle, microwave, crockery, cutlery, etc. Bed linen and duvets are provided, but you need to bring a towel and some one-pound coins for the electric meters. There is a convenience store in the village and we will stop at a supermarket twice during the week.

  • How will we travel to North East Scotland?

    Travel to and from NE Scotland will be by coach. Further details will be provided closer to the time of the trip.

  • What will I learn?

    You will be taught basic geological/geomorphological skills and trained in:

    • geological logging;
    • geological mapping;
    • peat-coring;
    • soil analysis.

    By the end of the course you will be able to:

    • compile a geological map;
    • compile a sedimentary log;
    • take a peat core using a Russian corer;
    • analyse soil samples;
    • identify the common sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, the common minerals, and some of the common fossils.


  • What equipment will I need?

    Essential field course items are:

    • full waterproofs, including boots with a good tread;
    • rucksack;
    • water bottle;
    • field notebook;
    • stationery;
    • hard hat;
    • high visability vest.
  • How will the field course be assessed?

    Assessment is based upon the following:

    • field notebook [50%];
    • field map [30%];
    • clastic log  [20%].
  • Who can I contact regarding the North East Scotland field course?

    For more information visit the course unit specification or email course leaders Dr John Nudds (SEES) or Dr Pete Ryan (SEED).

  • Did you know?

    The English/Scottish border approximates to an ancient plate boundary—the Iapetus Suture—which was formerly a wide ocean that finally closed at the end of the Silurian Period.

    More about the North East Scotland field area

    Scotland is divided into several 'tectonic' units or terranes, which have different geological histories. Our chalets are situated in the Midland Valley Terrane, and we will travel over the Highland Boundary Fault into the Grampian Terrane when we visit the Scottish Highlands. The individual terranes contain very different geological features and, prior to major fault movements in the Middle Devonian, these terranes were not adjacent to each other but were 100s of kilometres apart.

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