Wildlife Trust - Hampshire Rocks

An exciting new geology project for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has been launched that will be finding the best places for the public to explore our Hampshire’s rocks, fossils and landforms.
Barton Cliff by Jenny Thomas web
Barton Cliff by Jenny Thomas web
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Sept. 6, 2012 - PRLog -- August has seen the start of an exciting new geology project for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.  Working in partnership with Natural England and the Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre, and supported by the collective knowledge of several local geologists and groups, we will be finding the best places for the public to explore our County’s rocks, fossils and landforms.

Together with minerals and soils, this variety of features and the processes that formed them over geological time comprise our ‘geodiversity’.  Understanding this geodiversity allows us to look back and picture a time when most of Hampshire was once under a vast sea, or when the Solent formed part of a large river system, and imagine all the diverse and unusual creatures that inhabited the environment as it was.

When the Trust was first formed in 1961, one of the reasons the Trust was established was to record and study places of geological interest and protect them for the public benefit.  In keeping with this objective, the project will provide a new interactive web-based resource to help everyone, from families to student groups and professionals, to learn more about Hampshire’s geology and where to go to see it.  For each site you will be able to find out how to get there, what facilities are available, and how the site fits into the story of Hampshire’s geological past.

Do you have a favourite place for seeing some of Hampshire’s geology?  If so, why not tell us about it?  What makes this place special for you and why do you think others should experience it?

Here is one of the first replies:

“The 35 metre high cliffs at Barton on Sea consist of grey, greenish and brown clays with bands of sand. They make a spectacular sight, and the views across to the Isle of Wight are stunning. The ongoing coastal erosion taking place here presents an ever changing landscape, and the cliffs are well known for the abundance and excellent preservation of fossils that are continually revealed.”  (Wildlife Trust member, Milford-on-Sea)

To share your story or for more information, contact the Hampshire Geodiversity Project Officer, Catherine McGuire, at feedback@hwt.org.uk.
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