U3A members are loving the study of town's rock formations
A fine collection of old fossils can be found on display in Berwick on the first Wednesday of each month.
The U3A Geology Group meets at St Aidan’s Hall and has proved very popular with members. The group is led by local geology expert Alison Tymon, who delivers entertaining and informative presentations, which she illustrates with slides and samples of rocks and fossils.
Alison taught A-level geology for 25 years, but is not expecting her current students to sit any exams, however, the syllabus is just as rigorous and the group is being given a solid grounding in the subject. So far Alison has introduced the group to the rocks, fossils and geological history of Green’s Haven and Meadow Haven, with their faulted and folded rocks; Spittal Beach, with its beautifully patterned rocks and ancient plant remains; and Cocklawburn, with its amazing limestone and fossils.
The bigger themes are not neglected; sessions have also covered plate tectonics, climate change and Icelandic volcanoes. Alison was one of the team who provided advice to the author Helen Page for her book Berwickshire Coast Rocks, which is an accessible introduction to the geology of the coast, from Cocklawburn to Cove. For more details about Berwick U3A Geology Group, visit www.u3asites.org.uk/berwick/groups