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Northumbrian Earth is involved in many local projects to help the wider public to engage with geology.
Northumbrian Earth has been working with various partners to develop and deliver interpretation and educational material for the local community. This ranges from research and project development as part of community schemes through work with adult natural history groups to delivering activity based geo-diversity lessons for schools.
The Archaeology Practice, a well established community archaeology group, asked Northumbrian Earth to work with it to deliver the geo-diversity elements of the Ferryhill Village Atlas. http://www.archaeologicalpractice.co.uk/projects/current/ferryhill/index.htm
This community which flourished as a coal mining community is located next to Thrislington Quarry famous for its fossil fishes and sharks. Northumbrian Earth has already delivered the first of several activity based geo-diversity lessons to a local primary school and will also be working on some geo-diversity research and building material identification with the community.
Throughout 2015 Northumbrian Earth has been working on the Northumberland Coast Rocks! project with the Howick Heritage Trust. This project, supported by Heritage Lottery Funds, is centred around a soon to be published book on the Northumberland coastal rocks between Alnmouth and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The Northumberland Coast Rocks! book, written by Helen Page (a local enthusiast and leader of the U3A Geology Group in Alnwick) takes an easy going look at the rocks on the coastline. The book is aimed at families and anyone looking for interesting things to do relating to the rocks on the coastline, and provides a wealth of inofrmation through a series of guided walks along the coast.
Alongside the book a series of walks and talks were organised to give a taste of the rocky excitement to be explored along the coast, as well as a series of 3 lessons (including a field trip) for each of Seahouses Middle and First Schools. Northumbrian Earth orgnasised and led each of the walks and talks and all of the school events and worked with Helen to review and edit the book.
Over the last few years Northumbrian Earth has worked with the U3A geology group of Alnwick to develop a series of geo-walks on the coast, supported by the Northumberland Coast AONB.
Leading on from this Northumbrian Earth will again be working with the Alnwick U3A geology group as geology consultant for a book to be published on the geology of the coastline.
The U3A geo-walk PDFs are available for download below:
Following on from the publication the temptingly named "Northumberland Coast AONB Geo-diversity Audit and Action Plan" in early 2010 Northumbrian Earth has every year delivered as series of geo-walks to support the action plan in widening access to interpretation of the geo-diversity of the coast. These walks have been highly successful with excellent attendance. You can see the planned walks for this year on our Geo-walks page.
Northumbrian Earth has also run a Geology Day in Berwick-upon-Tweed consisting of a series of lectures in the morning followed by a field trip in the afternoon. This was funded by the Raymond Williams foundation to support educationally and socially disadvantaged communities.
In 2010 Northumbrian Earth delivered a series of walks to celebrate the launch of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Geodiversity Action Plan. These well received walks were funded by the Northumberland Coast AONB, with the aim of publicising the excellent work in the Geodiversity Action plan. They also initiated work to interpret the geology for both visitors and locals.