BSRG postgraduate fieldtrip 2017: Devon and North Cornwall


The 2017 BSRG postgraduate field trip was held in North Cornwall and Devon from the 20th to the 22nd of October. The trip was led by Dr Matthew Watkinson from the University of Plymouth and EPI Geoscience and organized by Kévin Boulesteix from the University of Manchester. We were happy to be joined by 30 young researchers (PhD students, post-docs and young professionals from industry) from all over the UK and the world (including Malaysia!).

After a short introduction about the geology of the area on Friday evening, we focused on the Late Pleistocene to Devonian age strata of the North Devon Basin at Saunton Sands on Saturday morning. It was a very good opportunity to look at the impressive angular unconformity between the Late Pleistocene and the uppermost Devonian (350 Myr are missing) as well as to compare modern beach processes with the non-deltaic shelf to supratidal siliclastic facies.


Angular unconformity between the uppermost Devonian Pilton Shales Formation and the Late Pleistocene Sandrock Formation.


We then spent the afternoon in Westward Ho! to study the uppermost Namurian pro-deltaic facies of the Culm Basin which are beautifully exposed along the wave cut platform. During the afternoon, the group successfully braved storm Brian while listening to Matthew’s explanations and discussing the depositional processes responsible for the deposition of this slope succession.




On Sunday morning, we focused on the Culm Basin deep-water succession in Widemouth Bay near Bude in Cornwall. We mainly discussed some controversies related to this basin, such as the depositional environment of this succession (marine vs lacustrine). We also applied and discussed the recent classification of sediment gravity flow deposits.



The group discussing the depositional environment of the deep-water succession exposed in Widemouth Bay.


We ended the trip in front of a beautifully exposed chevron fold formed during the Variscan Orogeny.


The group in front of the chevron fold exposed in Widemouth Bay.


This field trip was a great success, and we would like to thank Matthew Watkinson for volunteering to lead this successful trip.

See you all next year for new events!

The BSRG postgraduate representative team