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My mentor in geology was Martin Venables (1901-1990), the former curator of Bognor Regis Museum, a respected local geologist, natural historian and prolific writer for the local newspapers. The photograph shows Martin at his microscope, many years before I knew him. Martin’s principal area of study was the London Clay (Eocene) at Bognor Regis, so it was on those rocks that I cut my geological teeth in my early teens.


Over the years, I have extended my interests to cover all aspects of the local geology, from fossils to building stones, and the rocks of the Cretaceous, Palaeogene (Tertiary) and the Quaternary periods.

My geological CV includes:


- Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS)

- Member of the Sussex Geodiversity Partnership panel.

- Member of the grant-awarding Curry Fund of the Geologists' Association.

- Member of the West Sussex Geological Society, Brighton & Hove Geological Society, Geological Society of London, Geologists’ Association, Tertiary Research Group, Open University Geological Society.

- Academic papers, magazine articles & guides More ...

- Self-published local guides More ...

- Research on West Sussex geology More ...

- Geological talks and walks since 1975 More ...

- Bracklesham Bay fossil hunts every year since 1983.

- Joint winner of the Brandon Prize of the Sussex Archaeological Society in 2014 for a paper on the quarrying of the Mixon Reef, Selsey.

- Received the Foulerton Award from the Geologists' Association in 2007.

- Volunteer warden for the Marehill sand mines (near Pulborough) for the Sussex Wildlife Trust (from 1999).

- Field Meetings Secretary for the Geologists’ Association (1999-2004) & Tertiary Research Group (1998-99).

- Chairman, West Sussex Geological Society (1981-89).


I do have a full-time day job as well. It has nothing to do with geology, which I squeeze into the spare time around family commitments.

More about me
The Foulerton Award
Received in 2007, this is awarded to members of the Geologists’ Association in recognition of work of merit connected with the Association.

Martin Venables



Geological poetry
I was recently amused to find myself named in a poem by Gordon Judge of the Horsham Geological Field Club following a talk I gave to them.
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Picture Gallery
New addition - photos from recent events here.