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Where Kittiwakes nest

From September 14 2017 2:00 pm until September 14 2017 5:00 pm
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Thursday 14th September: Meet at 14:00 at the parking spot on the bend by Sea Houses Farm just south of Howick.

The massive forces unleashed as the earth's continental crust moves around driven by mantle convection are made all too obvious when events such as the Nepal earthquake or that around Amatrice in central Italy happen. These forces do seem rather distant on the geologically quiet and beautiful coast around Howick with not even the smallest earth tremor to disturb the Kittiwakes nesting in teh cliff face. The evidence in the cliff face here at Howick tells a different story though, with massive slabs of rock moving many tens of meters and igneous rock being injected into the cracks between them. Signs that in the Carboniferous period some 300 million years ago that the Northumberland coast was in closer proximity to continents colliding.     

This walk will be approximately 5 km and will involve some scrambling across rocks on the beach

The walk is run as part of the Northumberland Coast AONB series of geo-diversity walks. Just turn up. A donation will be asked for to cover the costs of the walk, an amount of £10 is recommended, however Northumbrian Earth would like to make these walks accessible to all, so a donation will be asked of  whatever you can afford and/or you think the walk is worth.

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    Northumberland Coast Rocks!

    This project, which was completed during 2015 organised by the Howick Heritage Group and supported with HLF funding, delivered a book, some educational work with a local first and middle school and a series of walks and talks. In this section of geo-diversity resources you can have a look at the presentation given for the walks and talks as well as much of the material which was used in the educational work including lesson plans, activities and exercises.  There is also a handy guide to fossils to be found on the beach at Seahouses (and elsewhere on the coast).


  • "Ian Kille is an absolute authority on the geology of Northumberland. His knowledge is unmatched, his presentation is perfect and his enthusiasm is unbridled. Ian has lead a series of walks for us along the Northumberland Coast AONB over the last two years and every walk has been immensely enjoyable, thoroughly entertaining and incredibly educational. He is able to explain complex geological sequences across enormous timescales to young and old alike and has piqued a geological interest in many that has kept the audience coming back for all of his walks."

    Jessica Turner
    Historic and Built Environment Officer
    Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership


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