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Change of name to Cambridgeshire Geological Society

At our meeting in March 2016, our members decided to change our name from Cambridgeshire Geology Club to Cambridgeshire Geological Society. We'll be amending our website soon. The change reflects our continued development, particularly in relation to partnerships with local community groups to promote geology and geoconservation within the county. Please see the Membership page to find out how you can join.

 

Local Geological Site

A chalk quarry within the city of Cambridge has recently been designated a Local Geological Site. This highlights its geological value for scientific, educational, historical and aesthetic reasons. East Pit is one of three, now disused, chalk quarries in Cherry Hinton. It is part of the Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits nature reserve owned and managed by The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. See our Sites of Interest page for more details or contact us for more information on this and other geological sites of interest in Cambridgeshire.


 

 

Our Geosites team is looking at more local sites to assess them for designation as Local geological Sites.


 

A walk on the wild side in the Fens

The Last of the Meres Trail is a new walking trail that guides you through the fenland landscape of northern Cambridgeshire. The trail has been developed as part of The Great Fen, a project to restore one of Cambridgeshire's most iconic landscapes. The area that the trail passes through is gradually regaining its wildlife value and provides an interesting walk together with viewing areas and a bird hide.

 

As well as wildlife, you can see the water channels and areas of peat that are characteristic of fenland. The trail passes a collection of limestone blocks that were quarried at the 'Hills and Holes' in Barnack, near Stamford, but did not reach their destination (probably as building stones for one of the important buildings on the edges of the fenland). Instead, they were lost (perhaps when a boat sank) whilst being transported over the waters of Whittlesey Mere, once one of the largest freshwater lakes in England but drained in the last few hundred years to make agricultural land. Our 'Fen Edge Trail' will link with this and other trails in The Great Fen.

 

 

 

This area of the Fens will feature in our Fen Edge Trail. More details soon!