Filey Brigg, on the North Yorkshire coast, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its Jurassic geology and its importance as a wintering habitat for small purple dinosaurs. It has much more to offer, though – something for almost every species of natural scientist, it transpires:
Like palaeontology? Filey Brigg has body and trace fossils!
Like sedimentology? Filey Brigg is both clastic and calcareous!
Like glaciology? Just look at the till (photos 1 and 5), and the karst (above), and the ice tectonics (below)!
Like igneous and metamorphic rocks? Just feast your eyes on the erratics!
Like storm-driven geomorphology? Behold the boulders!
Like intertidal ecology? Get peering into the rock pools!
For reasons I can’t fathom, these fantastic Filey features have been frequently overlooked. Many of them haven’t been studied recently; some of them haven’t been studied at all. Our new, citizen science project for 2022 – the Big Brigg GeoBlitz – aims to change all that!
Come along to one of our free, public events next year and we’ll teach you all about the Brigg, and how you can contribute to the project. We want as many people as possible to help us collect scientific information. We can then use it to better understand the Brigg, how it formed, how it functions, and what its future might hold.
It all starts in February 2022, so watch this space, and keep an eye on the #BigBriggGeoBlitz hashtag!