FOSSIL HUNT – Lavernock, Wales

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March 18


11:00 am - 04:00 pm

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UK Fossils


Fort Road Car Park

Lavernock, CF64 5XQ

Lavernock, Wales, GB, CF64 5XQ

A mixture of Jurassic and Triassic rocks can be seen at Lavernock. Whilst the Jurassic rocks yield ammonites and mollusk’s, the Triassic Rhaetian bone bed similar to Aust yields fish and reptile remains.

* Suitable for children 6+ (All children must be acompanied by a paying adult).
* HARD HATS (No Cycle Helmets), and HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential. We do not provide these, but you can add these when ordering if needed. 

Please download and read the RISK ASSESSMENT Document

Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document

Please note, many of our locations will not have toilet facilities, water, or other amenities. 

Fossil guide to this location:

Lavernock Point is located a little to the west of Cardiff, at the edge of the mouth of the Severn. It’s a small place that attracts an inordinate number of fossil hunters, due to its more-­than-generous supply of fossils. It is formed from layers of the Lower Blue Lias limestone and shales. The Jurassic rocks here are similar to Watchet.

Fossils to be found here include bones or teeth from marine reptiles, particularly ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, ammonites, large gastropods, bivalves and brachiopods.

Ammonites are not uncommon but fragments can be seen around the beach. Fossils are rarely found just lying on the beach, normally you have to work hard to get them by splitting boulders that already contain worn ammonites or part ammonites, although Psiloceras is fairly common at the western end within bedding plains. .

Shells are by far the most common fossil at Lavernock with blocks full of the giant oyster, Liostrea being the most common. Many of the best finds can be found from around the area when you first enter the beach from the steps.

In June 2015 it was announced that the fossil remans of a new species of dinosaur, named Dracoraptor, had been discovered at Lavernock Point (shown left) and believed to be the earliest known Jurassic dinosaur. The skeleton belonged to a dog-sized theropod dinosaur.


Can my child less than 4 attend the event?

We strongly advice against taking children under 4, but if the event allows children and leaders agree, then this is possible providing they are under your responsibility and care, and do not use tools or equipment. Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm) for more information.

Can I book over the phone?

Yes, you can, and we can take card payment, however a waiver must be signed before we can accept your booking. The waiver can be emailed or posted out, but must be returned within one week of the booking. Contact us on: 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).

Can I pay on the day?

Sorry, we do not allow anyone to pay on the day, as we cannot provide pre-preparation details on risk assessment, and due to health and safety, places are limited.

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.

Is my registration ticket transferrable?

Please contact us and we normally try to accommodate this.

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.

Will my friend’s hammer and chisels from their tool box be okay to bring?

No, standard tools are made from inferior metal which splinter very easily against rocks. This is both dangerous to yourself and others, and flying metal can cause eye injuries or penetrate the skin. ONLY hammers specifically made for geological use can be used. We offer some to add to your order if you dont have any.

What happens if the event is cancelled?

We try very hard to avoid having to cancel, but if an event needs to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditons or unforeseen circansances, we will notify you immediately, and you will be offered an alternative hunt or date or a refund.