Geology of the Northumberland Coast

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Join Karl Egeland-Eriksen for a new 5-week course to explore the fascinating geology of Northumberland coast

Essential Information

Course tutor: Karl Egeland-Eriksen

Course length: 5 weekly sessions, online sessions, 10.00 am-12.00 pm

Course structure: 4x field trips across the North East. 1x indoor session via Zoom. Please ensure you have the right system requirements for accessing Zoom before booking, as we have a no-refunds policy.

Course cost: £100 NHSN Members / £125 Non-Members

About this course

“The best geologists are the ones who have seen the most rocks”.

This course is designed to take you out in the field to see the, largely, Carboniferous rocks that are exposed along the coastline of Northumberland. An introductory Zoom session will cover the basics of the geological processes that formed the rocks and explain how, when and where they were created.

Following the Zoom session there will be 4 full-day field trips (10:00-15:00). Due to the tides, these will be two weeks apart, meaning the five sessions will be spread over seven weeks. Localities to be visited will be Cocklawburn (near Berwick), Seahouses, Boulmer and Tynemouth. ‘Homework’ will be sent out a week before each trip to give you a better understanding of the sites to be visited

Field Trip Dates

  • 14th June Cocklawburn Beach near Berwick
  • 28th June Seahouses
  • 12th July Boulmer
  • 26th July Tynemouth

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The course is intended for those with a basic/entry level knowledge of geology.

Field trips will include walking over uneven, occasionally steep ground.

Recommended Equipment

Notebook, hand lens or magnifying glass

About the Tutor

Karl is NHSN's Earth Sciences Specialist Group Coordinator. He is an active member of the Open University Geological Society and has organised around 200 geological field trips in Northern England for their local Northumbria branch over the last 10 years.