Centipedes and Climate

From September 02 1:00 pm until September 02 4:00 pm
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Friday 2nd September, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The walk is run as part of the Northumberland Coast AONB series of geo-diversity walks.

Walk summary: Imagine finding a centipede under a rock. Now imagine that centipede is over 2m long and half a metre wide. This is what happened to a Cambridge research student a few years ago, on a walk along the shore here at Howick. Admittedly the creature was a long time dead, having been preserved in one of the silty sandstones of the Carboniferous period which crop out here. Nonetheless it was spectacular find, being the largest specimen of a creature named Arthropleura which has ever been found. The specimen has been taken away for further research at Cambridge University, but we can still explore the sedimentary sequence in which this creature was preserved and find out why this creature could grow so big. This is not the only giant to be found in these rocks so who knows what else we may find! 

Do I need to book? This event has to be booked in advance. The walk costs £10 for each adult (children free). The walk will be limted to 20 people. To book a place on this walk please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and telephone number and I will send you bank details for Northumbrian Earth. Once you have made the payment I will confrm your place. If you aren't able to come on the walk for whatever reason please let me know, send me your bank details and I will refund the cost of the walk. Refunds will only be given if you get in touch prior to the walk.

Where do we meet? We meet at the parking spot on the bend by Sea Houses Farm just south of Howick. Grid refrerence NU258173

How long is the walk? This walk will be approximately 5 km and will involve a short steep scramble to the foreshore and some scrambling across rocks on the foreshore. Strong boots are recommended and some may find walking poles helpful. 

What else do I need to know? Full details will be sent out on email to everyone who books. 

Image for this event: Photo by John McColgan, fire behaviour analyst with the BLM's Alaska Fire Service: John McColgan – Edited by Fir0002, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons 



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