Geology Fieldwork at Charnwood — Solihull Sixth Form College

Geology Fieldwork at Charnwood

Geology students at Solihull Sixth Form College visited Bradgate Valley and Charnwood Forest Geopark in Leicestershire recently to complete essential fieldwork.

Both Year 12 and Year 13 Geologists went on the trip, which was led by Dr Jack Matthews, Conservation and Interpretation Officer at Charnwood Forest Geopark. The Geopark is an area of great geological significance, as it is home to fossils that are around 600 million years old. These fossils represent evidence for some of our oldest animal ancestors and they have allowed scientists to better understand the evolution of these creatures.

Humanities Curriculum Leader Karen Greaves commented:

“We are grateful to Dr Jack Matthews for leading this trip. His expertise is of enormous benefit to our Geologists and complements what they have been learning in their A level studies. Although the early March weather was not terribly kind to us, the students really enjoyed the trip and completed some very valuable fieldwork, which is an important part of their course.”

Fossils and palaeontology are just part of the A level Geology course. The syllabus also enables learners to explore topics such as geological processes, the Earth’s structure and global plate tectonics, as well as natural resources, geohazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes and landslides, ice ages and Quaternary Geology.

9 March 2023