Wardie shore in north Edinburgh has been a favourite with geologists and palaeontologists since the early 19th Century. This excursion will explain recent work done at Wardie, and visit a new information board installed by EGS and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

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Excursion title:

A new look at Wardie shore

Date & time:

17th June, 7pm

Finish time:

9pm

Leaders:

Tom Challands, University of Edinburgh

Excursion aims and description:

Wardie shore in north Edinburgh has been a favourite with geologists and palaeontologists since the early 19th century. The famous palaeoichthyologists Agassiz and Traquair described numerous fish from Wardie and work on the site was rejuvenated in the 1970’s by the late Stan Wood. Despite such iconic status Wardie has never received a detailed study of the changing environments represented by the various shales, silts and sands and how these changes correlate with the well-known fauna from the site. This field trip will explain recent work that has been conducted at Wardie that has illuminated the changing oxygen conditions in the once murky waters that harboured some quite indomitable beasts.

Transport:

Private car or public transport. Public transport to the section is simple by taking either the number 16 bus and disembarking at Lower Granton Road or the number 19 and disembarking at Granton Square and walking a couple of hundred metres to the meeting point. If taking private transport, parking is limited in the immediate area.

Meeting point:

At the start of the eastern breakwater in Wardie Bay by the beach just off Lower Granton Road NT 241 771

First locality:

At the start of the eastern breakwater in Wardie Bay by the beach just off Lower Granton Road NT 241 771

Excursion route:

From the meeting point we will head east along Wardie Shore as far as Trinity Pumping Station.

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Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

Variable from sandy beach to wet and slippy rocks covered in seaweed and algae. Care must be taken on rocks.

Control measures required to mitigate against any Hazards referred to above:

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed:

 No.

May dogs be brought on the excursion?

Yes.

Toilet information:

There are no public toilet facilities nearby.

Geological map sheet:

Edinburgh 32E

OS map sheet:

Explorer sheet 350

References:

Clarkson, E.N.K. (1986) Granton and Wardie shore, 76–80 In Lothian Geology an excursion guide, (eds A.D. McAdam and E.N.K. Clarkson) Scottish Academic Press, 221pp