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Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

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Walton-on-the-Naze is an unpredictable location, which can be highly productive one day and bare the next. It is the best coastal location for fossils from the Red Crag and is famous for fossil bird remains from the London Clay. It also while yields some of the largest sharks’ teeth in the UK (including the rare Carcharocles megalodon), together with plant remains and much, much more.


* 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: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2007/06/07/walton-on-the-naze/


The Red Crag yields a wide variety of shells, fish fragments, sharks’ teeth and the occasional bit of bone. The shells are very fragile, so extra care should be taken extracting and getting them home. Small mammal remains, including voles, can also be found, but these are normally found by wet sieving using a mesh of 0.5mm


The majority of the fossils at Walton-on-the Naze can be found in areas of shingle and pyrite, in which fossils become trapped. As a general rule, the more pyrite that can be seen, the greater your chances are of finding fossils. However, they can be picked up anywhere on the beach. Look carefully and get down on your knees. In addition, light coloured nodules containing lobsters, crabs and bird bones, among other things, are not uncommon, but are generally only found after scouring tides or storms. The beds that these fossils come from is below beach level and, therefore, it is more likely these will be washed up on the beach or found during extremely low tides, than found in situ in the foreshore clay.


As a result of new sea defences at the beginning of the section, fossils are rare at the start of the walk. However, northwards from some large concrete blocks, it becomes much more productive (but becomes decreasingly less productive as the cliff height decreases). The bird bones and nodules containing lobsters and so on are mostly found at the far end of the cliffs. Bird bones can be found by taking home samples of London Clay to sieve.
Look out for pockets of fossil pyritised wood, as fish remains and small mammal remains can often be found trapped in amongst the pyritised fossil wood. This is also where most of the sharks’ teeth are found.


Walton-on-the-Naze is now the best coastal location in the UK for Red Crag, ever since Bawdsey became heavily protected by sea defences, which has caused it to become very overgrown. Here, beyond the new sea defences (where you will find information boards on the local natural history), there is no such protection, so regular erosion keeps the Red Crag on view. This frequently slumps and can often be seen at the base of the cliff. While climbing the cliffs is not recommend and digging in the cliffs is banned due to SSSI restrictions, shells can be found in the slumped scree slopes and, in many cases, these are in a much better condition than any you would find in the main face of the cliff. Rainfall also plays its part, doing all the natural sieving for you.




FAQ 


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.


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.

Overstrand, Norfolk

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Overstrand is a foreshore collecting location. Chalk is exposed during low tide, especially during scouring conditions or winter/spring months. The chalk is highly fossiliferous, yielding many echinoids, sponges and molluscs. 


* Suitable for children 5+ (All children must be acompanied by a paying adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential.





Please download and read the RISK ASSESSMENT Document


Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document


We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 


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


Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2005/05/13/overstrand/


Echinoids are plentiful at Overstrand and are in a very good condition. Corals, many different types of superb sponges and bivalves can also be found.


During scouring conditions, bones from the Wroxham and Cromer Forest Bed can be also found, Mammoth molars and other remains have been recovered, and are not uncommon. Deer, horse and whales have also been recorded.


You need to visit this location on a falling tide and be around until the tide turns. The best chalk is exposed when the tide is at its lowest, so try to visit during times when tides are at their the lowest, during high pressure (which decreases water height) and during a southwest wind (which also decreases water height). Scouring conditions such as those often seen around the spring months and October are the best times to collect.


You need to search the chalk on the foreshore, but also where pebbles accumulate. In these areas, loose echinoids are common and bones from the Wroxham Crag and Forest Bed can also be found. Bones are also often found around the end of the sea groynes where the bones have been washed down and accumulate in this area.




FAQ 


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 husband’s hammer and chisels from his tool box be okay to bring?


No, standard tools are made from inferior metal which spliter very easily against rocks. This is both dangerious 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.

Folkestone, Kent

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Folkestone is internationally famous for the ‘Channel Tunnel’, but also for the cliffs of Gault Clay at Copt Point and in the Warren and East Wear Bay. These rapidly eroding cliffs yield a vast range of ammonites, crabs, echinoids, belemnites, brachiopods, bivalves and much, much more.


* 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


We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 


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


Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2008/01/24/folkestone/


The Gault Clay contains a wide range of ammonite species. Some are found in nodules and these are also the best preserved. The echinoid bed is higher up the cliffs and, unfortunately, the fossils from here (along with many of the ammonites from other beds) are very fragile. The Gault Clay is also rich in a wide variety of brachiopods, bivalves and gastropods. Belemnites (Neohibolites minimus) are also commonly found. And if you are very lucky, you can find echinoids, crabs, nautili, crinoids and reptile bones (including pterosaur bone fragments).


The best place to find fossils is along the foreshore at Copt Point. However, this normally requires scouring conditions, usually during winter months. Many of the harder fossils, especially those within nodules, can be collected from the beach. Look in the shingle, in particular where the cliff is at its lowest (towards the eastern end of the exposure) and between the large greensand boulders along the foreshore.


Many fossils can be collected from the scree slopes at the base of the cliff, particularly after persistent heavy rain and extreme high tides. However, during these conditions, it is dangerous to climb the cliffs, but, during dryer times, it is possible to climb the scree scopes to collect from the higher beds. On the other hand, we do not recommend doing this for safety reasons. Families can collect fossils from the low cliff at the Warren/East Wear Bay end, which is much safer. Ammonites and shells are common here amongst the shingle.


The Lower Greensand, which is found at the base of the cliff and makes up the large boulders scattered along the foreshore, also yield fossils. These are very hard and will usually require a large hammer and a chisel to extract.


If all this isn’t enough for you, the chalk at the other side of the Warren/East Wear Bay is also full of bivalves, brachiopods and echinoids. It is worth a visit, but is not as productive as other chalk locations.




FAQ 


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.


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.

Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire

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On the lower foreshore at Lee-on-Solent, a diverse vertebrate fauna has been recovered from several levels within the uppermost beds of the Bracklesham Group. The fauna is particularly rich in shark teeth and the site has yielded over 30 species of selachians (a fish of a group that comprises the sharks and dogfishes.). Chimaeroids, also known as ghost sharks, rat fish, spookfish or rabbit fish are poorly known elsewhere in the Middle Eocene but are represented at Lee-on- Solent by five species. Teleost (ray-finned fish) otoliths (ear structures) are also extremely well represented in the fossiliferous beds. Finding the fosils requires little skill. The teeth can be picked up and merely require washing! Larger and more fragile specimens can be left in a block of sediment, to be extracted later.


* Suitable for children 5+ (All children must be acompanied by a paying adult).
* 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


We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 


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




FAQ 


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 friends 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.

Pett Level (Hastings), Sussex

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This popular location near Hastings has yielded some important finds over the years. Sharks’ teeth, plants, reptile remains and shells can all be collected, and the site is exceptional for small mammal and fish remains. Crocodile teeth can also sometimes turn up.

* Suitable for children 5+ (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

We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 

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

Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2012/01/24/fairlight/

When beginning at the beach at Pett Level, blocks of the Cliff End Bone Bed can usually be found lying on the ground and is packed with bones, scales and teeth. If you break open these blocks, you can see teeth from the fish Scheenstia mantelli (which was previously known as Lepidotes mantelli), and the shark Hybodus. A variety of shells can be seen and, very occasionally, insects have been found from this layer.

The grey clay is the ‘Unio Bed’, which contains the shells of the eponymous freshwater bivalve. These can be collected along the foreshore, where this layer is exposed. In this, if you are lucky, you can also find a whole range of different bones and teeth from dinosaurs, crocodiles and turtles. However, note that fossils from this clay are very fragile.

The commonest fossil is of the bivalve Neomiodon, which can be seen in many rocks and boulders. Plant fossils are common, especially the horsetail Equisetites. Lignite, often referred to as brown coal, is a soft brown combustible sedimentary rock formed from naturally compressed peat and is present in some rock layers.

The Fairlight area is the best location outside of the Isle of Wight for dinosaur remains. While not common, they can generally be found anywhere along the Fairlight to Hastings coastline, but are mostly fragments. Along the foreshore, past Fairlight Cove to the east, you can find dinosaur bones in the ‘Wadhurst Clay Ironstone’. Dinosaur footprints are a regular occurrence and these include those made by Iguanodon, Ankylosaurs and therapods.

Turtle remains have also been recorded. These bones are normally found in ironstone nodules, but are usually only fragments. Bones can also be found at the base of the cliffs, in the scree slopes.

At Pett Level just before Fairlight Cove, a submerged forest can be seen at low tide dating from about 5200 BC. During scouring, in a silt layer exposed on the foreshore, Iguanodon footprints have also been seen.


FAQ

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 friends 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.

Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

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Burnham-on-Crouch has yielded an incredible variety of fossils – you just never know what you will find. There are various species of shark (with teeth and vertebrae being most common fossils), crabs, seeds, fish remains (including ray teeth) and much, much more.


* Suitable for children 5+ (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


We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 


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


Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2005/09/16/burnham-on-crouch/


Burnham-on-Crouch has a wide variety of fossils, including various species of shark, crabs, lobsters, seeds and other plant remains, turtles, gastropods, bivalves, worm tubes, fish remains (including teeth from rays) and much, much more.


Most of the fossils are very small, so you will need to get down on your hand and knees to search the foreshore in amongst the shingle. To find really small fossils, take a sieve with you and sieve the fine shingles in the river, or take sample bags back for sieving at home.


Larger fossils are often found among the larger rocks and stones at low tide, although searching for these can be difficult due to the foreshore being muddy and sometimes covered in seaweed.


Burnham-on-Crouch is a very popular location for fossil collecting, so it can be difficult to find anything. However, areas such as those around trees, slipways and the damaged concrete seawalls, or under rubbish on the beach, are often missed by collectors. Therefore, if you take the time to move some of the debris and/or look in these areas on the beach, you may well find fossils.




FAQ 


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.


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.

Coniston, Cumbria

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The area around the town of Coniston from which fossils and minerals can be collected is quite large. It includes several quarries, and several becks and scree slopes. There is also a number of small cuttings. Graptolites and trilobites can be collected here, along with brachiopods.

* Suitable for children 5+ (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

We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 

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

Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2004/03/22/coniston/

Trilobites, such as CalymeneTretaspis and Phillipsinella, can all be found at Coniston, Other species have also been found, but are less common. Over thirty graptolite species have also been discovered, which are mostly grouped in bands where several different species can be collected. Many species of brachiopods are also common.

There are many scree slopes in the Coniston area and fossils can be found in these rocks – all you need is a good eye. There are a number of streams and becks, with the most fossiliferous being Torver Beck and Ashgill Beck. Trilobites and graptolites can be found in these. Look for black bands of shale. There are several quarries in the area, but most are small, overgrown or flooded. However, some have good spoil heaps close by. The biggest quarry is Ashgill Quarry, which is where most of the best fossils from the Ashgill stage can be collected.


FAQ

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.

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.

Hock Cliff, Somerset

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For those who have visited Watchet in Somerset looking for fossils in the Blue Lias, this location will seem remarkably similar. Indeed, the same fossils can be found in thick limestone bands and soft shale. Hock Cliff is a classic Jurassic location to explore.


* Suitable for children 5+ (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


We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 


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


Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2010/03/04/hock-cliff/


When you first enter the beach at Hock Cliff, if you have collected from the Blue Lias of Somerset, you will immediately recognise the same formation here – bands of limestone, with thinly laminated shale in between. Indeed, the same fossils can be found. At the first part of the cliff, you can search the fallen blocks of limestone. These can contain ammonites, belemnites and shells, such as brachiopods and bivalves. You will need a good hammer, as some of the bands can be quite hard.


As you get to the middle part of the cliff, you will notice the hard bands on the foreshore, with shale in between. The River Severn regularly washes these beds out. In these areas of shale, crinoids, ammonites, reptile remains and brachiopods can be found. A layer full of Gryphaea can also be seen.


The only problem with Hock Cliff is that the lovely pyritic ammonites that can be found both here and at Watchet are too oxidised and so are usually poorly preserved or heavily decayed. However, there are plenty of other fossils and ammonites in the limestone to be collected.




FAQ 


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.


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.

Whitehaven, Cumbria

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Whitehaven is one of the only places in the UK where fossil plants from the Carboniferous can be collected on the coast both on the foreshore and in the cliffs. This unique location can yield some well-preserved specimens.


* Suitable for children 5+ (All children must be acompanied by a paying adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential.





Please download and read the RISK ASSESSMENT Document


Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document


We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 


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


Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2004/03/22/whitehaven/


There are some 30 recorded species of plant remains found at Whitehaven. The foreshore is full of fossil roots in between layers of plant material. The most common plants include Annularia, Neuropteris and Asterophyllites, and many of these can be found in their original life positions, which makes this location extremely important.


The best bed for Calamites can be found in the lower hard beds at the cliff section. These can be extremely large and in excellent condition. The first cliffs you come to at Whitehaven do not contain shale and are unfossilferous, but as you walk northwards they change. There is a good cliff section of shale, which contains a large number of plant remains. You can climb up scree slopes to gain access to the various different zones.


Some zones contain well-preserved plant fauna and others not so well-preserved fossils. Throughout the sequence, the bands cycle through plant leaves followed by roots and then plant leaves. The grey and brown bands are the best beds. Across the railway track, exposures can be found on the foreshore. On the surface, only roots can be seen as the plant material has been washed away, but, if you split the shale, you will find it is full of plant material with some excellent specimens. The beds dip as you walk north to south offering different zones.




FAQ 


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.


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.

Smokejacks Quarry, Surrey

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This outstanding quarry is the home of the original Baryonyx dinosaur. Dinosaur bones and insects are fairly common from this site. This Weald Clay brickpit has yielded a number of important finds over the past three decades. In 1983 Bill Walker, an amateur collector, found a new theropod dinosaur, Baryonyx walkeri, which proved to be crucial to the understanding of the spinosaurs, and on the Geologists’ Association fieldtrip to the site in July 2001 a well-preserved partial skeleton of a juvenile Iguanodont (Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis) was discovered by Geoff Toye and subsequently excavated by the Natural History Museum.  


* Suitable for Adults only
* HARD HATS (No Cycle Helmets), and HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential, strong/safety boots with ankle support also required. 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


We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 


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




FAQ 


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.


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.

Cayton Bay, Yorkshire

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Cayton Bay yields ammonites and some superb gastropods, bivalves and brachiopods from the Oxford Clay. These are best found on extreme low tides on the foreshore.

* Suitable for children 5+ (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.


Most of the year, the best beds are often covered with sand. However, the Cayton Clay provides the best chance to find a variety of fossils by simply searching along the foreshore. Its fossils include belemnites, ammonites and other molluscs.

Near the waterworks at the south end of the bay and at low tide, calcareous sandstone (from the Hackness Rock Member) is sometimes exposed, which yields a range of fossils including bivalves, brachiopods, gastropods and ammonites (Cardioceras and Peltoceras). However, the most productive beds at Cayton Bay are the Oxford Clay. Sadly, these are often covered up with the slipped upper Cayton Clay formations or covered with sand.

If you are lucky enough to visit during scouring conditions, the Oxford Clay can be seen on the foreshore. At the north end of the bay, keep a look out for nodules, as some of these contain shrimps (Meyeria and Macrocephalites kamptus). The Oxford Clay is packed with bivalves and gastropods, and can sometimes be found in the lower cliff sequences

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Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document

We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 

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

Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2011/03/18/cayton-bay/

The Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve is world famous for its huge variety of Silurian fossils. Indeed, the town of Dudley has adopted a trilobite as part of its coat of arms – the trilobite, Calymene blumenbachi, was so commonly found by miners in Victorian times that they gave it the nick-name “the Dudley bug”.

Over 700 different types of fossil can be found here; 186 fossil species of which were first discovered and described here and 86 are found nowhere else on earth. Wren’s Nest contains the most diverse and abundant fossil fauna found in the British Isles and the fossils are among the most perfectly preserved Silurian fossils in the world. Despite the frequency of visitors at Wren’s Nest, the constantly eroding rocks and build up of scree allows safe and productive fossil collecting. The site is ideal for children, although there are no toilet facilities within the site.

At Wren’s Nest, there are so many fossils to collect that you will easily find something to take home with you. Take your time and look at the loose material on the ground. Remember do not use hammers or other tools on the rock faces. Hammers are totally banned from this site, in any case.

Fossils to be found include trilobites (especially Calymene blumenbachii-­‐ the ‘Dudley bug’), crinoids, brachiopods (some of the easiest fossils to find on Wren’s Nest are brachiopods, such as AtrypaStrophonella and Leptaena), corals, sponges, bryozoans, gastropods, bivalves (especially Goniophora and Pteronitella), criconarids, nautiloids  a superb example of a Silurian reef ecosystem.


FAQ

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 toilets. 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 toilets are close by, but it is best to presume they won’t be available.

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

No tools are allowed on this site due it’s designation as a SSSI, and in any case, are not needed as fossils can be found loose in the scree.

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 conditions or unforeseen circansances, we will notify you immediately, and you will be offered an alternative hunt or date or a refund.

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.

Seaford, Sussex

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Depending on foreshore conditions, this can be an excellent location for chalk fossils. There is a foreshore platform immediately to the right of the steps, which is extremely rich in echinoids. You can see vast numbers of damaged ones in the rocks of the foreshore, but, if you look harder, you should be able to find some complete specimens.


* Suitable for children 9+ (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


We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 


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


Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2012/01/24/seaford/


As soon as you enter the beach from the steps, walk towards the right (west), as this is the best area to collect from. There is a large area of wave cut platform to look over in search of echinoids (Echinocorys gravesi and different species of Micraster). These are generally broken or worn, but complete specimens can be found if you break open chalk blocks lying on the foreshore.


All along this coastline is productive. The cliffs have many cidaroid echinoid spines, bryozoans and more weathering out of them. However, all of these can also be found in the chalk blocks, so there is no need to hammer into the cliff face, which is dangerous. With a little bit of patience, you should find a few nice specimens to take home.


There are also some fantastic views of the Seven Sisters themselves and of Cuckmere Haven from here, and this location is much safer than collecting from the more famous Seven Sisters site.




FAQ 


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.

Runswick Bay, Yorkshire

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Find beautiful ammonites and fossil shells on our guided fossil hunt. It can be a very productive location when the conditions are right, yielding a wide range of ammonite species. Most fossils are found on the foreshore.

* Suitable for children 5+ (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.


The Early to Late Liassic rocks at Runswick Bay, coupled with ease of access, foreshore collecting and a high frequency of finds, make this a good location for families trying their hand at fossil collection.

Undoubtedly, the coast of North Yorkshire and surrounding the town of Whitby, is a mecca for Jurassic marine fossil collectors. Although any section of coast from Staithes to Ravenscar will offer much the same fauna, especially well-­preserved ammonites at Runswick Bay (including the common Dactylioceras tenuicostatum), about 9 miles from Whitby, is a site well-suited to families.

Dactylioceras tenuicostatum found by Tracey JonesDactylioceras tenuicostatum found by Tracey Jones

Access to the beach is easy, with car parking close by. Head east, once on the beach and search among the rocks and beach rubble that occurs all the way to Kettleness. Take care to watch the tide, as there is a danger of being cut off! The secret is to find the hard, ovate or spherical shaped nodules, which contain very well preserved ammonites. These nodules erode because of the sea’s action upon them and the keel of the ammonite within can often be seen.

Sometimes, the nodules can be found in situ protruding from fallen blocks of shale on the beach and can simply be collected from the bedrock.

Typical nodule found at Runswick Bay, in this case containing a good-­‐sized ammoniteTypical nodule found at Runswick Bay, in this case containing a good sized ammonite.

The nodules need to be ‘cracked’ open, using a geological hammer. This is a relatively easy task and a well-­aimed blow should provide a nice specimen and the negative impression too. Ammonites are the most common fossil found in the nodules here but other fossils can also be found at Runswick Bay, including the large oyster, Gryphaea, various molluscs and belemnites. Remains of Pleistocene mammals, such as mammoth or bison from the North Sea are also often found here, washed up on rough tides.

Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document

We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 

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

Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2007/03/18/runswick-bay/

The Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve is world famous for its huge variety of Silurian fossils. Indeed, the town of Dudley has adopted a trilobite as part of its coat of arms – the trilobite, Calymene blumenbachi, was so commonly found by miners in Victorian times that they gave it the nick-name “the Dudley bug”.

Over 700 different types of fossil can be found here; 186 fossil species of which were first discovered and described here and 86 are found nowhere else on earth. Wren’s Nest contains the most diverse and abundant fossil fauna found in the British Isles and the fossils are among the most perfectly preserved Silurian fossils in the world. Despite the frequency of visitors at Wren’s Nest, the constantly eroding rocks and build up of scree allows safe and productive fossil collecting. The site is ideal for children, although there are no toilet facilities within the site.

At Wren’s Nest, there are so many fossils to collect that you will easily find something to take home with you. Take your time and look at the loose material on the ground. Remember do not use hammers or other tools on the rock faces. Hammers are totally banned from this site, in any case.

Fossils to be found include trilobites (especially Calymene blumenbachii-­‐ the ‘Dudley bug’), crinoids, brachiopods (some of the easiest fossils to find on Wren’s Nest are brachiopods, such as AtrypaStrophonella and Leptaena), corals, sponges, bryozoans, gastropods, bivalves (especially Goniophora and Pteronitella), criconarids, nautiloids  a superb example of a Silurian reef ecosystem.


FAQ

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 toilets. 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 toilets are close by, but it is best to presume they won’t be available.

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

No tools are allowed on this site due it’s designation as a SSSI, and in any case, are not needed as fossils can be found loose in the scree.

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 conditions or unforeseen circansances, we will notify you immediately, and you will be offered an alternative hunt or date or a refund.

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.

Isle of Sheppey, Kent

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Warden Point on the Isle of Sheppey is probably the most popular site for collecting London Clay fossils in the UK. This location is easily accessed, with lots of fresh fossils constantly being washed out. It is also famous for the wide variety of fossils, which can be found that includes everything from turtles, lobsters and crabs to sharks’ teeth, snakes, crocodiles, molluscs and plant remains.


* Suitable for children 14+ (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: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2012/01/24/warden-point/


Warden Point is an ideal location for families, but those wishing to visit should be aware that this part of the coastline along the northern side of the Isle of Sheppey can also be dangerous due to tides, deep mud and cliff falls. The clay can become extremely sticky and many have lost a boot or two and have had to walk back without them. Please read our safety notes (below) and be aware of these dangers.


The best way to find fossils is to get on one’s hands and knees, and search in the shingle exposed along the upper part of the beach. Fossils are generally found all year round, as they are constantly being washed out of the London Clay by the sea. The best time to collect is during the summer when the clay is much harder and accumulates more shingle. Whenever you visit, we recommend you visit two hours after high tide. Besides searching the shingle areas, larger fossils can generally be found either along the upper part of the beach after the sea has washed the cliffs or along the extensive foreshore. There are not normally any areas of shingle on the lower part of the foreshore. Instead, fossils here are mostly found in phosphatic nodules that run in bands along the foreshore. The best specimens are found in this way, but are not as common as the smaller fossils found by beach crawling higher up the beach.




FAQ 


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.


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.

Herne Bay, Kent

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Beltinge (Herne Bay) is one of the most popular locations for collecting sharks’ teeth in the UK, especially for international visitors. You can usually find teeth all year round, but this location is best visited during extremely low tides, such as spring tides. At these times, fossil hunters across the UK and Europe flock to Herne Bay to visit its highly fossiliferous beds.


* Suitable for children 4+
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential.





Please download and read the RISK ASSESSMENT Document


Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document


We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 


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


Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2012/01/24/herne-bay/


Just to the east of Herne Bay in Kent, on the way to Reculver at Beltinge, there is a small area on the foreshore where fossils of shark and other fish remains can be found on a good low tide. As this is a beach location, success will depend on good, local conditions but, if favourable, a good number of fossil teeth can be found. In fact, Beltinge is one of the best areas in Britain to collect such teeth and it is not unusual to find 20 to 30 persons on the beach on very low tides. Even so, everybody there could end up with a good haul of material by the end of the day.


From this starting point, go as far out as the tide will let you and shark teeth can be found. Indeed, the chances of finding teeth improve the further out the tide goes. Broadly speaking, the collecting area is in the section of beach between the groynes either side of the concrete steps. Here, when the tide has gone out quite a distance, there appears to be a “stream” running out to sea. This is the junction between the clay beds to the west and the shingle to the east. 


When the tide is low enough, a small “island” appears in line with the stream, consisting mainly of pebbles. If you wade out to it, this can also be a good source of teeth, as collectors do not often visit the site so teeth tend to build up among the pebbles.


Further west of the collecting area is a large spit of shingle, mainly covered in mussel shells and is known locally as “the Rand”. Before bait-diggers found king rag worms burrowing under the shingle here, this was the best place to find teeth and is generally regarded as the junction of Woolwich and Reading Beds (to the east) and the Oldhaven Beds (to the west). However, once the bait-diggers started turning over the shingle, mussels took a hold and teeth could no longer be found there. 


The better quality teeth are usually found in or on the clay. However, a greater number of teeth are usually found between the pebbles of the shingle to the east. Collecting is normally carried out by kneeling or bending down as low as possible and covering the beach in this manner. A pair of tweezers is almost essential to pick up the teeth, as some teeth are very small. In addition, a small pot can be used to put the teeth found into a safe place.




FAQ 


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 husband’s hammer and chisels from his tool box be okay to bring?


No, standard tools are made from inferior metal which spliter very easily against rocks. This is both dangerious 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.

Wren’s Nest, Dudley

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The Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve is an area of nature reserve to the northeast of Dudley in the West Midlands. It was designated as a National Nature Reserve in 1956 because of its exceptional geological and paleontological features of Silurian age. It is also a SSSI.


* Suitable for children 5+ (All children must be acompanied by a paying adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential.





PLEASE NOTE: This site is an SSSI. TOOLS are forbidden from this event (and location), collecting will be done from designated areas of scree and spoil only. A talk on safe and sensible collecting will be given at the start of this event. 


Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document


We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 


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


Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2012/07/12/wrens-nest/


The Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve is world famous for its huge variety of Silurian fossils. Indeed, the town of Dudley has adopted a trilobite as part of its coat of arms – the trilobite, Calymene blumenbachi, was so commonly found by miners in Victorian times that they gave it the nick-name “the Dudley bug”.


Over 700 different types of fossil can be found here; 186 fossil species of which were first discovered and described here and 86 are found nowhere else on earth. Wren’s Nest contains the most diverse and abundant fossil fauna found in the British Isles and the fossils are among the most perfectly preserved Silurian fossils in the world. Despite the frequency of visitors at Wren’s Nest, the constantly eroding rocks and build up of scree allows safe and productive fossil collecting. The site is ideal for children, although there are no toilet facilities within the site.


At Wren’s Nest, there are so many fossils to collect that you will easily find something to take home with you. Take your time and look at the loose material on the ground. Remember do not use hammers or other tools on the rock faces. Hammers are totally banned from this site, in any case.


Fossils to be found include trilobites (especially Calymene blumenbachii-­‐ the ‘Dudley bug’), crinoids, brachiopods (some of the easiest fossils to find on Wren’s Nest are brachiopods, such as AtrypaStrophonella and Leptaena), corals, sponges, bryozoans, gastropods, bivalves (especially Goniophora and Pteronitella), criconarids, nautiloids  a superb example of a Silurian reef ecosystem.




FAQ 


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 toilets. 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 toilets are close by, but it is best to presume they won’t be available.


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


No tools are allowed on this site due it’s designation as a SSSI, and in any case, are not needed as fossils can be found loose in the scree.


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 conditions or unforeseen circansances, we will notify you immediately, and you will be offered an alternative hunt or date or a refund.


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.


The Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve is an area of nature reserve to the northeast of Dudley in the West Midlands. It was designated as a National Nature Reserve in 1956 because of its exceptional geological and paleontological features of Silurian age. It is also a SSSI.


* Suitable for children 5+ (All children must be acompanied by a paying adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential.





PLEASE NOTE: This site is an SSSI. TOOLS are forbidden from this event (and location), collecting will be done from designated areas of scree and spoil only. A talk on safe and sensible collecting will be given at the start of this event. 


Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document


We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 


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


Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2012/07/12/wrens-nest/


The Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve is world famous for its huge variety of Silurian fossils. Indeed, the town of Dudley has adopted a trilobite as part of its coat of arms – the trilobite, Calymene blumenbachi, was so commonly found by miners in Victorian times that they gave it the nick-name “the Dudley bug”.


Over 700 different types of fossil can be found here; 186 fossil species of which were first discovered and described here and 86 are found nowhere else on earth. Wren’s Nest contains the most diverse and abundant fossil fauna found in the British Isles and the fossils are among the most perfectly preserved Silurian fossils in the world. Despite the frequency of visitors at Wren’s Nest, the constantly eroding rocks and build up of scree allows safe and productive fossil collecting. The site is ideal for children, although there are no toilet facilities within the site.


At Wren’s Nest, there are so many fossils to collect that you will easily find something to take home with you. Take your time and look at the loose material on the ground. Remember do not use hammers or other tools on the rock faces. Hammers are totally banned from this site, in any case.


Fossils to be found include trilobites (especially Calymene blumenbachii-­‐ the ‘Dudley bug’), crinoids, brachiopods (some of the easiest fossils to find on Wren’s Nest are brachiopods, such as AtrypaStrophonella and Leptaena), corals, sponges, bryozoans, gastropods, bivalves (especially Goniophora and Pteronitella), criconarids, nautiloids  a superb example of a Silurian reef ecosystem.




FAQ 


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 toilets. 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 toilets are close by, but it is best to presume they won’t be available.


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


No tools are allowed on this site due it’s designation as a SSSI, and in any case, are not needed as fossils can be found loose in the scree.


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 conditions or unforeseen circansances, we will notify you immediately, and you will be offered an alternative hunt or date or a refund.


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.

Aust, Bristol

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The famous red and white cliffs that can be seen when crossing the River Severn contain a highly productive bone bed at the top from the Rhaetian Penarth series. This bed is full of teeth, and reptile and fish remains, and is the most productive Triassic site in the UK.


* 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: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2010/03/04/aust-cliff/


There are cliffs at Aust both on the north and south side of the bridge. When you reach the foreshore, you are on the southern side, which is currently being washed out more than the northern side. To access the northern side, you will need to wait until the tide is low enough to walk around the concrete bridge support. Take extreme care if accessing this area, as it can be slippery with mudflats. Return before the tide turns to avoid being cut off.


Look out for shells, and loose bones, teeth and bone fragments in the areas of shingle. Occasionally, you can come across large lumps of the bone bed, although lumps of the bone bed are usually quite small because collectors have already split them down. You only need a small amount of the bed to get some finds. Common fossils are shark and fish teeth, and fish scales and coprolites. Fragments of bone are also very common and often are from ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, but identifiable bones are less common. You can also find fossil clams and oysters. However, it is a very popular location for collecting fossils, so competition means that the bone bed blocks are becoming harder to find. However, in recent times, the south side of the bridge is regularly washing out, with fresh cliff falls, giving rise to a good amount of material to search through.


The Red Marls are unfossilferous, so there is no point in searching within this layer. The bone bed comes from the top of the cliff at the base of the Lower Lias and is unreachable. Therefore, finding fossils at this location is dependent on cliff falls.




FAQ 


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 toilets. 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 toilets are close by, but it is best to presume they won’t be available.


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


No tools are allowed on this site due it’s designation as a SSSI, and in any case, are not needed as fossils can be found loose in the scree.


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 conditions or unforeseen circansances, we will notify you immediately, and you will be offered an alternative hunt or date or a refund.

Seatown, Dorset

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During scouring tides, Seatown turns into an ‘ammonite kingdom’. They can simply be picked up along the foreshore and, therefore, the location is ideal for children. There is also a superb pub with views of Golden Cap. Fossils can be found all year round, as can microfossils and minerals.


* 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: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2008/10/11/seatown/


This site is part of the Jurassic World Heritage Coastline, a SSSI and private land. Hammering on the cliff and digging is strictly forbidden. Damage has already been caused to the heritage site by people using power tools. This is strictly against SSSI rules and any attempt to ignore them may result in prosecution.


There are many different fossils that can be found at Seatown. The most common are ammonites. These can be found on the foreshore in the shingle, in nodules and within the Belemnite Stone Bed (when exposed). Belemnites are the second most common find, along with crinoids. Reptile remains, brachiopods, bivalves and microfossils can also all be found.


From the car park, as you walk towards Golden Cap, the first part of the cliff is not fossiliferous. However, as you approach Golden Cap, you will notice that a light coloured hard band appears in the cliff. This bed contains ammonites and eventually reaches eye-level. Often, lumps can be found at the base of the cliff and these can be split open for ammonites.


As you get closer to the middle of the cliff at Golden Cap, very fine shingle mixed with pyrites and clay can be found on the foreshore. Among the pebbles, fossils can be found, but this may involve a ‘hands and knees’ job. However, if you look carefully and you should make some finds.


When you first reach Golden Cap, at the first slippage, you will notice that there is a lot of clay. The sea normally washes this out daily, so fresh fossils can often be found here. Look in the clay, the clay slippages and the foreshore. Most of the fossils (particularly ammonites) are washed out and can simply be picked up, often requiring no preparation.


Continuing around the first slippage past the peak of Golden Cap (and staying away from the sheer cliff face, as it often crumbles), you should search the foreshore for nodules that have ammonites or for loose ammonites that have been washed out. You need to look at the nodules that contain parts of ammonites showing, as sometimes all you need is a tiny part of an ammonite to be revealed for it to turn out to be a beautiful specimen after preparation. Further along, a wide range of belemnites can also be found.


During the winter months, the Belemnite Stone Bed is exposed, which is full of crinoids, belemnites, ammonites and microfossils.


Other fossils: It may not look much, but all you need to find a nodule containing an ammonite is for just a small part of the ammonite to be showing. Such a nodule will require further work at home. You can find them all over the beach, but only about half of them contain fossils. However, if you try to split them using a geological hammer, splitting hammer or chisel, you will break the fossil, as the fossil is softer than the nodule.


Of course ammonites, belemnites and other fossils can be found on the foreshore requiring no work, but these are likely to be made of pyrite, will be less well preserved, and will decay over time. Ammonites like this are best stored in a dry place in plastic specimen boxes (which are available from UKGE Ltd – see our ‘What to Bring’ page). We also advise adding a sachet of silica gel, which will help to remove the moisture from the air and slow the process of decay.


Some of the best ammonites can be found in the Belemnite Stone Bed. This tends to be exposed during winter months or during scouring conditions, and can be found at the base of the cliff, just before you get to the headland at Golden Cap. The ammonites are found within this layer, but you will need a hammer and chisel to get these out. There is a vast number of ammonite species at Seatown.


Fossil preparation: The best way to prepare fossils from the nodules is by using etchers, fine pointed instruments, air preparation tools or very fine chisels. Work at removing a very small amount of matrix at a time. It takes two to three hours, during which you simply cut around the nodule and eventually the fossil will see the light. Because these ammonites are not pyritic, they are well preserved and will not decay.




FAQ 


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 toilets. 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 toilets are close by, but it is best to presume they won’t be available.


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


No tools are allowed on this site due it’s designation as a SSSI, and in any case, are not needed as fossils can be found loose in the scree.


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 conditions or unforeseen circansances, we will notify you immediately, and you will be offered an alternative hunt or date or a refund.

Salthill, Clitheroe, Lancashire

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This is marine Carboniferious site full of Crinoids and aswell rarer Blastoids.
Suitable for children.

* Suitable for children 5+ (All children must be acompanied by a paying adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential.


Please download and read the RISK ASSESSMENT Document

Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document

We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 

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


FAQ

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.

Kings Dyke, Cambridgeshire

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Famous for its high number of reptile remains, this location has been the site of some complete skeletons in the past, but also yields fish remains, ammonites, belemnites, bivalves, brachiopods and crinoids. There is also a ‘fossil hunting area’ in the disused part of the pit, which the general public can collect from and which is regularly replenished from spoil from the main pit.

* Suitable for children 4+ (All children must be acompanied by a paying adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential.


Please download and read the RISK ASSESSMENT Document

Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document

We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 

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

Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2008/02/22/kings-dyke-pit/

Both the working pit and disused ‘special fossil hunting area’ contain Oxford Clay, which is extremely rich in fossils. The most common find is the bivalve Gryphaea. Belemnites are also plentiful, including the most common large type, which is Hibolithes. You are also likely to find worm tubes, crinoids and ammonites (especially, Kosmoceras).

Reptile remains are surprisingly quite common here, with ichthyosaurs and pliosaurs being most commonly found. In fact, complete skeletons have been found in the past at the working site. Occasionally, crocodile remains (Steneosauraus) and sharks’ teeth also turn up.

The best area to search is the slopes were fossils have been washed out of the clay. And the best time to visit is after heavy rainfall, when the rain washes fossils down the slopes.

If you can visit the working pit with a geological society (such as the Stamford and District Geological Group), you will have a much higher chance of finding fossils and much better specimens.


FAQ

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.

Betteshanger, Kent

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Betteshanger (formerly Fowlmead) Coutry Parkis a great site for Carboniferous plants, which are abundant and come from Kent’s former Betteshanger Colliery. Fossils are found in spoil, which is maintained by Geoconservation Kent Rigs. This is a perfect site for all the family, which is easy to access.

* Suitable for children 5+ (All children must be acompanied by a paying adult).
* 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: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2014/10/30/fowlmead/

Betteshanger is a RIGS spoil heap at the old Betteshanger Colliery, which was the largest in Kent but was closed in 1989. The fossil collecting spoil heap is northeast of the original site. The old Colliery has been now turned into a nature reserve and country park, with a cycle track, cafe, toilets and a play area on site. As part of Geoconservation Kent (http://www.geoconservationkent.org.uk/), there is agreement to retain a fossil hunting area within the country park. Once the current area has been used up, a new area will be made available for fossil hunters. Fossils at Betteshanger are found either lying on top of the spoil heap or by digging into the spoil. Remains of Arthropleura, a large arthropod, have been found at the site. However, unlike other coal measures sites in Europe, no insects have been found at Betteshanger. Fossils are easily found at Fowlmead, where you can walk over the site and simply pick up fossils, such as Calamites, Lepidodendron and Neuropteris.


FAQ

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.

Upper Gilwern Quarry, Wales

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On the edge of the Brecon Beacons, Upper Gilwern Hill is a site long known for its well-preserved and complete trilobites. The hill is made up of rocks from the Lower and Middle Ordovician, and the privately owned quarry is accessible to parties on request. The trilobite fossils here are plentiful and the chances of finding a good number is very high.

* Suitable for Adults only
* 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

We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 

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

Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2016/06/02/upper-gilwern-quarry/

Many fossils can be found on the scree surface, but the use of a geological hammer and a bolster chisel to split the shale along the bedding plane will reveal many and often complete specimens. Safety goggles are essential. The sheer number of trilobite fossils indicates a rapid burial and death, probably from hot, burning ash raining down from sub-aerial volcanoes, followed by poisoning from noxious fumes.

The fauna here is dominated by the large asaphid trilobite, Ogyginus cordensis. Other common trilobites are the trinucleidsBettonolithus chamberlaini and Trinucleus abruptus, as well as the rarer, Anebolithus simplicior. Other fossils include orthocones, sponges, brachiopods and graptolites.


FAQ

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.

Ramsholt, Suffolk

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Ramsholt is one of the best locations for fossils in Suffolk, yielding sharks’ teeth, lobsters, fruit and shells from the London Clay, shells, sharks’ teeth from the Red Crag, corals, echinoids from the Coralline, and complete crabs, fish remains and sharks’ teeth from the basement bed.

* Suitable for children 6+ (All children must be acompanied by a paying adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential.


Please download and read the RISK ASSESSMENT Document

Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document

We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 

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

Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2005/01/24/ramsholt/

Sharks’ teeth, fish remains, and a wide range of molluscs and mammal remains can be found in the Red Crag. You can also find fossil crabs at Ramsholt, which are derived and can be found in the Red Crag basement bed. Many other fossils can be found in this bed, including lobsters, fish remains, sharks’ teeth and vertebras. In fact, since these are derived, you never really know what you might find.

You can also find wonderful corals, regular sea urchins, and many types of shells and bryozoans, all from the Coralline Crag.

From the London Clay, sharks’ teeth and other remains can be found, including fragments of fish, turtles, crabs, lobsters and snakes. Shark and fish remains are the most common.

In fact, there is a wide range of fossils to be found at Ramsholt. One of the best collecting spots seems to be near the tree with a rope’ hanging from it. There is a mixture of fossils in this area, with sharks’ teeth from the London Clay and derived from the Red Crag, along with crabs (both whole and in pieces). Ray plates and fish teeth are also very common. Expect to find almost anything, as this is an excellent site for London Clay collecting. Look especially around the trees, as fossils get caught under the branches.

On the shoreline at the base of cliff, you can find wonderful corals from the Coralline Crag. These are usually in excellent condition and can be cleaned to a bright-white when soaked or bleached to look even better. These can also be found among the shingle and clay, especially around the rope area (see above) at the western end during scouring tides.

When the basement bed is scoured out, you should find a layer full of pebbles. Within this layer are crabs, sharks’ teeth, ray plates and other fossils. The best beds are those near the rope, which yield a vast number of teeth and crabs. These fossils are washed down from the bed and deposited on the foreshore. At the western end, shells from the crag are exposed along the entire beach, along with many derived sharks’ teeth, ray plates and other fossils. In fact, there is a wide range of shells to be found from both crags, which make for ideal collecting for any crag enthusiast. There is such a vast amount of collecting to be done, you can spend hours at Ramsholt and still only cover a very small part of the location.


FAQ

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.

Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire

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The Barton Clay at Barton on Sea is famous for its hundreds of different species of shells, in particular, its gastropods. The beds are also rich in sharks’ teeth, fish and mammal remains. Sharks’ teeth at Barton can be picked up from the foreshore making this location ideal for all the family.

* Suitable for children 6+ (All children must be acompanied by a paying adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential.


Please download and read the RISK ASSESSMENT Document

Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document

We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 

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

Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2011/02/02/barton-on-sea/

The Barton beds are famous for over 600 species of shells, in particular, gastropods. The beds change from west to east, allowing you to collect a variety of fossils. It is best to work your way along the beach, walking along the base of the slippages. Fossils can be found on the foreshore, at the base of the cliff and, during scouring conditions, on the lower part of the foreshore.

Although climbing the cliffs is not recommended, many of the cliff slippages are full of shells, as rain water has washed then out of the clay. However, extreme care should be taken if planning on searching the slippages, although good shells can often be found. It is easy to become stuck. If you do plan to explore the slippages, make sure someone else is with you and that you walk carefully, ensuring that you tread on hard ground.

Sharks’ teeth are regularly found and are often easier to find in the shingle of the foreshore, particularly just beyond the sea defences. These come from beds that also contain many other fish remains, such as pieces of jaw, which can also be found scattered across the beach in the sand and single. This bed continues upwards at Highcliff to the middle of the cliff, although these are quite poorly slipped.

It is best to arrive on a fairly high tide and stay until the tide retreats, as sharks’ teeth can be found for quite some way out lying on the sand around this area. Some of the fish pieces can be found in flints in this same area.


FAQ

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.

Wren’s Nest, Dudley

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The Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve is an area of nature reserve to the northeast of Dudley in the West Midlands. It was designated as a National Nature Reserve in 1956 because of its exceptional geological and paleontological features of Silurian age. It is also a SSSI.

* Suitable for children 5+ (All children must be acompanied by a paying adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential.


PLEASE NOTE: This site is an SSSI. TOOLS are forbidden from this event (and location), collecting will be done from designated areas of scree and spoil only. A talk on safe and sensible collecting will be given at the start of this event. 

Please download and read the PPE POLICY Document

We try to keep most events to a 11am till 4pm schedule, but final times may vary depending on tide times and working around quarries. We will always advice start time and where to meet well in advance of the event. 

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

Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2012/07/12/wrens-nest/

The Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve is world famous for its huge variety of Silurian fossils. Indeed, the town of Dudley has adopted a trilobite as part of its coat of arms – the trilobite, Calymene blumenbachi, was so commonly found by miners in Victorian times that they gave it the nick-name “the Dudley bug”.

Over 700 different types of fossil can be found here; 186 fossil species of which were first discovered and described here and 86 are found nowhere else on earth. Wren’s Nest contains the most diverse and abundant fossil fauna found in the British Isles and the fossils are among the most perfectly preserved Silurian fossils in the world. Despite the frequency of visitors at Wren’s Nest, the constantly eroding rocks and build up of scree allows safe and productive fossil collecting. The site is ideal for children, although there are no toilet facilities within the site.

At Wren’s Nest, there are so many fossils to collect that you will easily find something to take home with you. Take your time and look at the loose material on the ground. Remember do not use hammers or other tools on the rock faces. Hammers are totally banned from this site, in any case.

Fossils to be found include trilobites (especially Calymene blumenbachii-­‐ the ‘Dudley bug’), crinoids, brachiopods (some of the easiest fossils to find on Wren’s Nest are brachiopods, such as AtrypaStrophonella and Leptaena), corals, sponges, bryozoans, gastropods, bivalves (especially Goniophora and Pteronitella), criconarids, nautiloids  a superb example of a Silurian reef ecosystem.


FAQ

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 toilets. 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 toilets are close by, but it is best to presume they won’t be available.

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

No tools are allowed on this site due it’s designation as a SSSI, and in any case, are not needed as fossils can be found loose in the scree.

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 conditions or unforeseen circansances, we will notify you immediately, and you will be offered an alternative hunt or date or a refund.