Our AGM 2016

The Regiment's Silver Room at Green Howards Museum in Richmond, North Yorkshire

An amazing venue for our AGM 2016 – The Regiment's Silver Room at Green Howards Museum in Richmond, North Yorkshire

Recruiting for Geoconservation

Do not ask what YOUR GEOLOGY TRUST can do for you
but what YOU can do for your Geology Trust

Recruitment is a constant quest for your Geology Trust. We are always interested in new talent to join the Trust, as volunteers, freelancers, or members.

There might be an opportunity to become a part-time freelancer with the GeologFun on the beach looking for fossilsy Trust. You must demonstrate a strong interest in geology, many years experience in geoconservation, a sound track record in research and project management. You must be a good communicator, have your own transport, be computer-literate, well-organised and a self-starter. If you are interested in applying, please contact us for a preliminary chat on 01325 378 513.

We are constantly trying to boost our membership and the number of our volunteers. You can join the Trust for just £10 a year (or £25 as a family). It's a very good deal as you attend all our events for free, there are members-only events and you'll receive our newsletter Exposure. You don't have to be a geologist although an interest in geology or certainly in your local earth heritage helps. We have people from all walks of life and indeed benefit from their expertise and advice: naturalists, artists, teachers and former lecturers, geologists, writers, marketing people, students and gardeners..

We hope you will be in touch at one of our events, on our website, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ne.y.trust), by phone or snail mail. We look forward to meeting you!



Plaster cast Ichthyosaur brought back to life
At our Celebration of our Community event last November, we made an appeal for someone to help with our broken Ichthyosaur. Dick Hoyle restores antiques in his spare time and volunteered his help. It was his first Ichthyosaur and he did a splendid job of our plaster jigsaw puzzle. Thank you, Dick for all your meticulous efforts.

The future of Geoconservation

As part of an ALSF-funded project "Making the most of Geodiversity in Aggregate Quarries", your Geology Trust is about to publish a Local Geodiversity Action Plan (LGAP). An LGAP is a document, similar to a Biodiversity Action Plan, underpinning all work relating to geodiversity within a local region and also providing an opportunity to influence planning and policy at county level.

We want to set an example, to establish a working protocol that takes into account all interests for the benefit of geodiversity and geoconservation because geology is not solid as a rock, because sites disappear everyday through erosion, landfill, development, neglect....

Our approach to the LGAP is about improving geodiversity, actively making things better. NE Yorkshire Geology Trusts is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which for the last 8 years has been active in geoconservation, both protecting our rich geodiversity and also sharing it with as wide an audience as possible.

With the announcement in January that DEFRA's Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) is to be scrapped at the end of March 2011 come serious concerns as to the future of geocnservation. The ALSF was the only source of funding dedicated to geoconservation, we will feel its loss very dearly. We are in receipt of no core funding, as you know, and yet our local presence and expertise should be an asset in these times of localism.

Whatever future there is in store for geoconservation, NE Yorkshire Geology Trust wants to influence it and make sure our pragmatic and professional approach benefits and improves the state of geoconservation at national level.

The Fascinating Geology behind Oil Discoveries  

Courtesy of Shell UK Ltd

Courtesy of Shell UK Ltd

On the 16th September, NE Yorkshire Geology Trust invites you to Whitby Pannett Park Museum for a lecture by Dr Michael Naylor on the fascinating geology of oil discoveries. It will take place in the Normanby Room from 7 to 8pm.

Dr Mike Naylor worked for Shell for 31 years in oil and gas exploration and new business development. He began his career as a research scientist with Shell after gaining M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of Cambridge. His most recent position was Vice President Technical, Global Exploration for Shell, in which he was responsible for technology, technical standards and project assurance. This gave him a unique oversight of Shell's global exploration activities. Prior to this he held a series of management and geoscientist positions, in Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Oman and Egypt.

This presentation will take a look at the fascinating geological plays associated with some of the giant oil and gas discoveries of the last 50 years.

On a whirlwind global tour, we will visit major fields in the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, the Niger Delta and the Caspian Sea, representing depositional environments as diverse as marine sand bars, desert sand dunes, deep-sea turbidite fans and tropical carbonate reefs.

We will see that fundamental geological scientific studies and the application of technology enabled the explorer to determine that all the key ingredients – source rock, reservoir, seal and trap – were present before drilling. This was coupled with the persistence and innovation by the engineers, who drilled and developed these significant contributors to the global energy supply.

Dr Naylor's talk will be illustrated by amazing graphics and will give us a whistle-stop tour of oil-gas exploration in the last 50 years. This is a wonderful opportunity to find out about the complex business of exploration from a specialist geoscientist. We hope you will take advantage of this unique event and join your local Geology Trust in welcoming Dr Mike Naylor to Yorkshire.

The Lecture will take place in the Normanby Room of the Whitby Pannett Park Museum. The entrance fee is £2 per person. Members of North East Yorkshire Geology Trust benefit with free entrance as part of their yearly membership of £10, valid from April to March.


This summer NE Yorkshire Geology Trust will be presenting three new trails in the Secrets in the Landscape series. Two of the trails will be based in the Rosedale area and form part with a Earth Heritage booklet of our Vales and Dales project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The third trail is in Hovingham and Slingsby and is part of our Quarry Project supported by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund administered by Natural England.At the Rosedale show

This spring and new financial year sees us busy with our brand new events programme, the surveying of sites, creating new trails and trail testing them as well as forming partnerships and collaborating with organisations for the benefit of geoconservation and the protection of our wonderful geology and geodiversity.

We’ll keep you informed of further developments and hope to see you at our public events in May for Yorkshire Geology Month and all year round like at the Rosedale Show on August 21st.