Heritage Education – Rocks and Fossils at Cross Hands Quarry

DSCN0810aA field trip to a unique geological site for Key Stage 2 pupils

Visit Cross Hands Quarry and discover a Jurassic landscape rich in fossils from 160 million years ago. In Jurassic times Warwickshire was submerged under a shallow sea, so we can’t promise dinosaurs but we can guarantee that everyone will find at least one fossil!

The workshop is led by a Heritage Education Group Leader and includes:

  • Fossil hunting in a safe area of the quarry and observation of the dramatic effects that weathering has had on the limestone rock faces.
  • A visit to the protected Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) that shows the underlying structure of this area and the effects of geological forces.
  • Finds can be taken back to school for sorting, classification and further study. Some schools have found unique specimens when visiting this site.
  • We will provide all the equipment you need for the workshop; trowels, specimen bags, magnifying lenses and sample specimens to help students identify their own finds.

This Day Project runs from 10.15am to 2.15pm.

There is a limit of 40 people in the quarry at one time including the Heritage Education group leader. All groups visiting the quarry must arrange personal accident insurance.

Due to seasonal risk of inclement weather and the exposed nature of the site, this workshop is recommended for the summer term.

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