School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Siccar Point Field Excursion Preview


At Siccar Point you will be issued with a worksheet printed on thin card. You need to bring with you the following items:

  • Your Field Notebook, which will be collected for assessment.

  • An A4 clipboard with some bulldog clips and elastic bands to keep the card in place. If you do not have a clipboard you can improvise by cutting up an old ring-binder or similar object. This item is really important!

  • A plastic bag to keep the Notebook and Clipboard dry should it rain. Find a bag big enough to allow you to write in the Notebook inside the bag, and practice doing so.

  • A HB pencil for sketches and notes. A pencil sharpener may be useful.

  • If you have a hand-lens bring it. You will be asked to look closely at the grains that make up the rocks. Hand lenses may be purchased from the British Geological Survey Shop at the north-west corner of the King's Buildings site.

  • If you have a compass-clinometer bring it. You will have the opportunity to measure the amount and direction of dip of the rocks. Note that ordinary compasses from outdoor shops are not sufficient - pay the wee extra for the clinometer version.

  • If you have a personal first-aid kit bring it. Note that leaders normally carry first-aid equipment, but not pain-killers such as aspirin or paracetamol.

  • A packed lunch.