POSTPONED | Spireslack Mine Field Trip

Leaders: Graham Leslie and Mike Browne – British Geological Survey

24-26 April 2020


Due to the current situation with regard to dealing with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout the country and the impact this is having on everyday life; with the health, wellbeing and safety of the participants, field trip leaders and staff as our first priority, the PESGB has taken the difficult decision to postpone this trip.

It was previously sold out and so if you were one of the registered attendees and didn’t receive an email of notification, please get in touch with

PESGB is aware of its members concerns and would like to reassure you that as your Society we will always work to ensure the highest possible degree of hygiene, safety and medical care at our events. We are deeply grateful for your ongoing support of our events.


The Carboniferous of the Midland Valley Field Trip

The Spireslack abandoned opencast mine in Ayrshire (south of Glasgow) offers a spectacular opportunity to examine many aspects of Carboniferous geology of the Midland Valley in Scotland. During this 1.5 day field trip, which will be led by Graham Leslie and Mike Browne from the British Geological Survey, we will be looking at the sedimentology, structural geology, palaeontology and economic geology of Carboniferous coal bearing strata that have been of great importance in the past. Given the recent activity around the southern margin of the Mid North Sea High, where age-equivalent rocks are found prospective, this field trip offers a good opportunity to study analogues in the field.

Price includes two nights in a hotel in the Cumnock area (single-room), travel by minibus from Aberdeen and back, pick-up from Glasgow Airport if required, Friday and Saturday evening meals, packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday and a field trip guide).
Please note, this event will be cancelled in the event of insufficient uptake.

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Due to the postponement of this trip, new dates will be advised when we have them.

Friday 24 April – Arrival in village of Cumnock – late afternoon or early evening.

Saturday 25 April – One day visit to Spireslack abandoned opencast mine. During the evening a short lecture will be given by the field trip leaders to put the observations of the day into a more regional and scientific context.

Sunday 26 April (am) – Visit of a few geological sites to further put the geology of the Midland Valley in context. The field trip will draw to a close after lunch around 1pm.

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