I am very enthusiastic about local geology but I do not claim to be a complete expert.
However, I do get a variety of enquiries that I do my very best to answer or refer
on to people who know better.
These are the sort of questions that I have done my best to answer:
Identifying stone in: St Nicholas church Arundel, archaeological excavations at Emsworth,
Chichester city walls, Bosham & Eartham, Watergate Hanger; medieval reuse in a Chichester
Providing information on stone in: churches at Arundel, Buncton & Beeding, South
Bersted, Coombes & Botolphs, Westmeston, Storrington, Havant; Quarr Stone at Bignor;
a Roman site near Pulborough,
How do I: select stone for traditional paving in a Chichester house.
Identifying: fossil bones from Selsey; odd markings in flint.
How do I: preserve a fossil coral from Bracklesham.
Information on: the Arun & Rother area; hydrogeology of the Chalk east of the Adur;
foreshore at Dell Quay; a large boulder on a farm at Birdham; around Bognor.
Developing a Code of Conduct for beach users at Bracklesham Bay.
How do I: drain a football pitch on Weald Clay
Please recommend: somewhere for a project on the geological variation in a cliff;
a cave, mine or quarry suitable for a backdrop for filming; a West Sussex stone for
Providing information on: pebbles from a Mesolithic site near Hesworth Common; Mantell’s
quarry at Whiteman’s Green near Cuckfield; parallel grass ridges on the slopes of
hillsides; geology of a vineyard on the greensand; the depth of alluvium in the Binsted
Providing geological advice to the Environment Agency on the Medmerry managed retreat
/ flood defence scheme.
Providing geological advice to the Environment Agency on flood defence works at West
Assisting the Dorset Geology Group in identifying the building stones of Christchurch