Fieldwork in South Devon

Our South Devon fieldwork course gives you an unrivalled insight into the geology that has shaped our Earth while experiencing some of England’s most striking landscapes.

When is the field trip?

The field trip is for eight days during the Easter holidays in Year 1. Six days are spent in the field and there is a half-day off during the week.

Fieldwork will be from 9am to 5pm each day. Evenings are spent either completing maps, logs and notebooks or involve in help sessions and one-to-one feedback with staff.

Where is the field trip?

You will be staying at Landscove Holiday Park, Landscove Holiday Park, Gillard Road, Berryhead, Brixham, Devon TQ5 9EP. 

Accommodation is in self-catering units. All have a kitchen with a cooker, refrigerator, kettle, microwave, crockery, cutlery, etc. Bed linen and duvets are provided, but a sleeping bag may be useful if you tend to feel the cold. There are a convenience store, restaurant, bar and takeaway on the site and we will stop at a supermarket every few days.

We will also visit a clay quarry operated by WBC minerals.

How will we travel to Devon?

Travel to and from Devon 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 fieldwork skills. This will include:
• Improve recognition of rock types 
• Observe and measure structural features
• Understand palaeontological features
• Learn observation, measurement and recording skills
• See geology and operation of clay quarries
• Learn graphic logging and mapping skills

By the end of the course you will be able to:
• Recognise main rock types and fossils
• Keep a well-organised field notebook with sketches
• Record characteristics such as lithology, fault and fold geometry
• Use a compass-clinometer and graphical logging methods
• Identify and interpret sedimentary processes for way-up, current/wind directions, etc.
• Make a graphic log and a field map

Who can I contact regarding the fieldwork course?

For more information email course leaders Dr Ray Burgess or Mrs Mandy Edwards.




Did you know?

Devon has given its name to the Devonian Period, which was proposed by Adam Sedgwick and Roderick Murchison in 1839. The oldest rocks we will see on the trip are of this age.

More about Devon

Devon was located on the edge of a marine basin during the Devonian. Because the basin was subsiding, the water deepened as the Devonian progressed, giving rise to deeper water siltstones and limestones. Reefs, potentially associated with volcanic islands, were home to corals and brachiopods, which are now fossilized in these limestones.

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