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Killard Point with Dr. Alastair Ruffell

Geological Afternoon Stroll, Killard Point 1pm Saturday 14th September, 2024

Joint Belfast Geologists’ Society and Northern Ireland Regional Group (Geological Society, London)

Minimum – 2 hours; maximum – dusk.

Poor weather contingency: 2pm (tides) Sunday 15th September, 2024

Very moderate walking, minor steep slopes optional.


  • Stratigraphy & tectonics of the Southern Uplands Accretionary Prism
  • Killard Interstadial and deglacial complex
  • Coastal geomorphology (raised beaches, blowholes, coastal erosion)
  • Butterflies, coastal flowering plants, abundant birdlife (sand martins, sea birds, red kites)
  • Heritage (WW2, NATO radar, Canadian troopship)
  • Lead mineralisation
  • Ulster Bank £5 note images
  • Geophysics and remote sensing demonstrations
  • Designed to tail-end with morning Archaeology/geology morning events at Portico (Portaferry) European Heritage Weekend (