The CGS are currently preparing a programme of 10 talks running from September 2021 to June 2022. These talks are held on the second Monday of every month and are at 7.30 pm unless specified otherwise. Due to the current COVID restrictions these talks are being held on ZOOM and are free – although donations are welcome! Talks are recorded but the recorded version is only available to members as part of their membership benefits.
The full programme is available on our EVENTS page. The next lecture will be held on Monday 13th September at 7.30pm.
Monday 11th October 2021 7.30pm
(by ZOOM – please register by contacting us)
Landslides in the UK – there aren’t that many surely? Think again.
Catherine Pennington, The British Geological Society
From a small rock tumbling down a cliff to large deep-seated rotational landslides that disrupt roads and railways, there are now over 18,000 landslides documented in the British Geological Survey’s (BGS) National Landslide Database. Catherine Pennington, an Engineering Geologist and Landslide Specialist at BGS, will take us on a tour of key landslides in the UK and discuss some of the research the BGS are doing with this geohazard that is set to become a more frequent event as the climate changes.
Catherine is an Engineering Geologist and Landslide Specialist and lead for the BGS coastal landslide field observatory project that monitors and interprets long-term landslide behaviour processes. She is also part of the team that issue Daily Landslide Hazard Assessments for the Natural Hazards Partnership in the UK.
Field Trip Report – Burwell Local Geological Sites
The society organises occasional field trips to view important geological sites within the county and hopefully further afield in post pandemic times. These trips are primarily for our members.
In early summer 2021 we had a popular visit to the Burwell Local Geological Sites and are scheduling some others to East Pit, Cherry Hinton, a walk along the Fen Edge from Swaffham Bulbeck to Reach, a visit to Nine Wells chalk spring and a tour of the building stones of Cambridge city center. These are primarily for the benefit of members: any member wishing to participate should contact us.
A write up for this trip may be found here.
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Cambridgeshire has a fascinating landscape and an interesting geology. See our Landscapes page for more details and download the excellent leaflet ‘The Mapping of Landscapes, Geology and Soils of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire’ by Timothy Farewell, Peter Friend, Martin Whiteley and Joanna Zawadzk.
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