KENT GEOLOGISTS' GROUP
1. Geologists' Association
A Charitable organization serving
the interests of both amateur and professional
geologists throughout the breadth of the United
Kingdom since 1858, the Geologists' Association has
consistently promoted the study of geology and helped
geologists to widen and deepen their
2. Sheppey Fossils
Lower Eocene fossils of the London
Clay from the Isle of Sheppey Useful links to other
3. UKGE Limited
Specialists in earth science
equipment, tools and books, geological maps, field
equipment, navigation and safety wear. Provides data
on fossil sites across the UK and organises field
trips. Owns UK Fossils Network (listed
4. UK Fossils Network
The UK Fossils website contains 130
geological guides, free field events, information on
fossils and is dedicated to all fossil
The largest mineral database and
mineralogical reference website on the internet. This
site contains worldwide data on minerals, localities
and other mineralogical information.
6. Open University Geological Society (SE Branch)
OUGS supports the study of geology and other earth
sciences by providing opportunities for members to learn via field
trips, talks, workshops and conferences led by experts in their fields.
Membership is open to everyone interested in geology and other earth
sciences, not just Open University students and staff.
7. Kent GeoConservation
The Regionally Important
Geological/geomorphological Sites (RIGS) project is
an Natural England sponsored initiative. The Kent
GeoConservation Group is the organisation responsible
for identifying and protecting RIGS in Kent.
8. Medway Fossil and Mineral Society
Founded in 1975 as the Medway
Lapidary and Mineral Society (MLMS), the group has
since dropped its interest in lapidary and changed
its name. It now concentrates primarily on fossils
and minerals. This very active group (having produced
a CD-ROM and three very successful books) meets every
week on Wednesday (except during the summer).
9. Sussex Mineral and Lapidary Society
This Society in the neighbouring county of Sussex
meets on the first Friday of the month in the very comfortable
Redwood Centre, adjacent to Clair Hall in Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath. Meetings normally last from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.
10. Gault Ammonite
A website dedicated to beautifully
preserved fossils of the Lower Cretaceous Albian
(Gault Clay and Folkestone Beds) of Kent,England.
11. Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre (KMBRC)
The Kent and Medway Biological
Records Centre (KMBRC) maintains a database of
natural history data that can used by Local
Authorities in the assessment of planning
applications. The database is not accessible by the
public but the centre will accept data records from
members of the public and will provide a limited data
12. University of Kent at Tonbridge
Located in the centre of Tonbridge and close to
the railway station the university offers a range of courses from
day, summer and short courses to part-time degrees. Past courses
have included geology and archaeology. For further details and a
down-loadable PDF course brochure, go to the link below.
13. The Burgess Shale
Discovered in 1909 by Charles Walcott, the Burgess Shale,
located on the west coast of Canada in the Canadian Rocky mountains, is
one of the most important sites in the history of geology. It was
declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 to protect it from over-collecting.
Why is it so important?
Because it has yielded superbly preserved fossils from the explosive growth in faunal biodiversity during the Cambrian period 500 million years ago, including the first known vertibrate believed to be the ancestor of all birds and mammals.