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Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
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We are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday between 11am and 4pm. We are also usually open on Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm.
Early Summer recording Record Red-and-Black Froghopper Record Lavender Beetle
Record Stag Beetle
Record Misumena crab spider
Record Lily Beetle
Record Swollen-thighed Beetle Record Zebra Spider

Geology Site Account

Ballingdon Hill Sand Pit (site of), BALLINGDON, Braintree District, TL863401, Historical site only

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Ballingdon Hill Sand Pit (site of)

A large pit in glacial sands was in existence here in the early 20th century. Beautiful sections in current-bedded sands, at least 40 feet (12 metres) in thickness, were then visible overlain by 5 feet (1.5 metres) of chalky boulder clay (till).

The pit was visited by the Geologists' Association just before the First World War.

The site appears to be alongside the Essex/Suffolk border on the Suffolk side.

Photograph of Ballingdon Hill Sand Pit taken during a visit by the Geologists’ Association in June 1913, a year before the start of the First World War. The current-bedding is clearly visible. Photo © The Geologists’ Association.


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Reference: Boswell 1929 (p.45)

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