At Leeson House, we offer a 3-5 day geology field course that will take your students through every step of the fieldwork enquiry process from planning to evaluation. At Leeson House, we are surrounded by world-class geology sites. Our field sites all relate to the principles of basin analysis and sea-level change. Here are just a few of those sites:
Kimmeridge and Steve Etches Museum
At Kimmeridge we study folding and faulting with fantastic exposures of reverse and normal faulting including some slickenlines. Kimmeridge is also a fantastic location to study the Kimmeridge Clay, the source of much of the UK’s hydrocarbons. Students can visit a working oil well and examine local seismic data to understand how geologists discover hydrocarbon prospects. We can also visit the Steve Etches Museum to see his fantastic collection of trace and body fossils.
Swanage and Durlston Bay
Swanage has fantastic exposure of sedimentary rocks including sedimentary structures and evidence of palaeoenvironments. We discuss the effects of weathering and erosion on different rock types and show the students cliff stability management.
Swanworth Quarry Tour
We are lucky enough to be a short 5-minute drive from a working limestone quarry. The lead engineer at the quarry gives the students an hour-long quarry tour highlighting the principles, economics and sustainability of a working quarry.
Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove
Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove outcrops are fantastic for introducing students to the concept of geological mapping. This locality is also perfect for the classification of carbonate and siliciclastic rocks. The exposures are great for studying folding (axial plane/trace/hinge), faulting (fault breccia/pseudotachylite) and unconformities.
Students will develop various practical skills whilst undertaking fieldwork including:
• Field navigation skills (OCR PAG 6, 9, 10 and 11) • Identification and description of hand specimens and field exposures (OCR PAG1, 4, 5 and 9) • Identification and description of geological structures (OCR PAG 6 and 9) • Field sketches (OCR PAG 6, 10, 11) • Dip and strike (OCR PAG 6, 9 and 11) • Graphic sedimentary logs (fossil assemblages, sedimentary structures, lateral variation and diachronous beds) (OCR PAG 4, 6 and 9) • Construction of geological cross-sections from a geology map • Fossil identification (OCR PAG 5)
Leeson House is the ideal venue for Primary to A Level fieldtrips. The house is a secluded Grade Two mansion situated near Swanage, Dorset on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. It is close to many classic geography, geology and biology fieldwork sites and set within 7 acres of inspiring and diverse grounds.
Leeson House can accommodate up to 80 students and 12 accompanying staff and residential bookings are taken 7 days a week throughout the whole year. We also offer a wide range of day visits and outreach activities.
We’re about to start our busiest spring term ever with over 50 residential staying with us! We’re looking forward to seeing so many of our usual schools back with us again. If you’re requiring a day visit for spring or summer 2022, please get in touch quickly. If you’re looking for residential dates between September 2022 and August 2023 – many spaces have now gone but the odd residential slot still exists. Please get in touch! Thank you to all that have booked for 2023 already!