Doniford Bay yields some superb white ammonites, which can be found in the rocks on the foreshore. There are also a number of well-preserved brachiopods and bivalves.
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Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2002/11/06/doniford-bay/
A wide variety of ammonites can be found at Doniford Bay. The most common are the Arnioceras. These are fairly small ammonites packed into the Doniford Shale. Other ammonites can be found at low tide, north of the Watchet fault. In particular, Psiloceras can be found and are very well preserved. There are a range of other ammonites to be found by collecting from around the point of Doniford Bay, but they are less common here. Many shells also can be collected.
Look for blocks on the beach, as the ammonites are clearly visible. The rock is fairly easy to split and, if you break one ammonite, there are usually many more in the same block. Some of these ammonites are distorted. Blocks can be found from near the blocks of stone protecting the cliff from the sea. They are in a horizontal layer on the foreshore. Blocks packed with the white ammonites can also be found on the foreshore. These have so many ammonites – positioned in various ways – that many will split incorrectly. However, because the rocks are so full of ammonites, at least some will split in the correct way.
Can I bring a younger child?
We are sorry, but to comply with insurance cover and to ensure the safety of the event, we do not allow any exceptions.
Can I book over the phone?
Unfortunately, as terms and conditions and waivers need to be signed, we can only accept bookings online.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.
I have a question not listed?
Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).
What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?
You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.
Are toilets nearby?
Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.
Can I bring my dog/pet?
UKAFH does not permit members to bring dogs or pets, unless under exceptional circumstances such as guide dogs. Some members may suffer from Cynophobia, or allergies. In addition, we need to ensure the safety of all members. Many beaches also do not permit dogs.