Cleaning a boulder with pressurized boiling water
Young and old admiring a boulder on the University campus
1890 map showing distribution of erratic boulders in Birmingham
Volunteers grouped around an erratic boulder in Cotteridge Park

Our project featured on BBC website here


Our fabulous exhibition from the Lapworth Museum is now on tour – follow this link

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Ella on Selly Park erratic

In 2022 and 2023 we have launched eight walking and cycling trails in the Bromsgrove and SW Birmingham districts to showcase these fantastic objects.  100 years ago, the public were excited to learn about these relics of the Ice Age, but the boulders have been disappearing! We’re delighted that, thanks to National Lottery players, our partnership of local organisations has received this support to bring the boulders the prominence they deserve. They are the only visible relics of what happened deep in Birmingham’s history.

Do get involved – there are many ways to volunteer!

Roland Kedge is delighted by a boulder discovery

Roland Kedge has found many of the boulders on our trails.  He is the inspiration for Roland the Rockhound!

Map of trails

Eight walking and cycling trails

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteers have been important in this project, but we are no longer actively recruiting new volunteers

Roland Rockhound's Boulder Hunt

Boulder hunting!

We are grateful for reports of new boulders in our project, but are not actively seeking new reports now. Here are pages telling you about the boulder hunt and how the boulders came to be

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National Lottery Heritage Fund

Project funding until September 2023 is made possible by Lottery players to whom we are grateful

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Earth Heritage Trust

H&W Earth Heritage Trust coordinates the project from its office at the University of Worcester and provides geological expertise

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Lapworth Museum

Project partner Lapworth Museum at the University of Birmingham leads on educational resources

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Black Country Geological Society

Project partner BCGS provides technically qualified volunteers

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Birmingham Open Spaces Forum

Project Partner BOSF has project expertise  and knowledgeable local volunteers