Many of the beds of Purbeck stone are also teeming with shells of prehistoric snails.
This off-site course examines the geological history of these amazing creatures.
Snails are commonly found in our landscape, with lots of different species adapted to live on land, in fresh water, and along the sea shore. Many of the beds of Purbeck stone are also teeming with shells of prehistoric snails. How did they get there, and what was their environment like? And how have these fragile things become strong enough to hold up a cathedral?
What will I achieve?
An appreciation of the huge variety of snails both modern and fossil, and how strong they can be!
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a lighthearted and brief look at the history, variety and evolution of snails. Totally introductory; this is an ideal workshop for families.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A look at pictures, snail shells and fossils with a rummage around the area of the centre to see what we can find.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to prepare in advance or bring?
No additional costs. Bring a sense of humour and clothing that doesn’t matter if it gets dirty.
|Maximum 12 people
|Adults and children under 16 accompanied by a participating adult.
John previously worked as a professional geologist for the diamond exploration and oil Industries, and has a passionate interest in all things geological. He is a Fellow of the geological Society of London, and member of several geological societies. He has a wealth of experience in communicating his understanding of Purbeck geology, and regularly leads walks and boat trips for the Dorset Geologists Association Group, Blandford Civic Society, Jurassic Coast Trust, and Swanage Pier Trust.
This summer John will be leading walks from Burngate to examine the effects of Geology on the landscape; the effect of man’s alteration of the landscape and a walk to view many large fossil Dinosaur footprints.