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Wren’s Nest, Shropshire – GEOLOGICAL AND FOSSIL FIELD TRIP

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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 6+ (All children must be acompanied by an adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential. We do not provide these, but you can add these when ordering if needed.


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UKAFH is a professional non-profit organisation with the aim of encouraging safe and sensible collecting and educating the next generation. Our highly experienced leaders are all volunteers, who dedicated their time to be able to run these events for you and ensure UKAFH continues to be able to what we do best, provide a family friendly fossil hunting group. All our leaders are first aid trained, highly skilled in what they do, and fossil enthusiasts themselves. All funds from events are used to run UKAFH, cover public liability insurance, and the day to day running. We ask that all members and attendees appreciate and respect leaders roles, and understand that without them, these events could not happen.






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 bring a younger child?


We are sorry, but to comply with insurance cover and to ensure the safety of the event, we do not allow any exceptions. 


Can I book over the phone?


Unfortunately, as terms and conditions and waivers need to be signed, we can only accept bookings online. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.


I have a question not listed?


Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).


What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?


You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.


Are toilets nearby?


Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.


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.

Charmouth, Dorset – GEOLOGICAL AND FOSSIL FIELD TRIP

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The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site is one of the most famous and most popular Jurassic locations in the world, yielding plenty of fossils for the thousands that come collecting every year. And Charmouth is at the heart of it all. This geological guide features both the cliffs of Black Ven and Stonebarrow, and information on the local area of Charmouth.


* Suitable for children 6+ (All children must be acompanied by an 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.


MEMBERS ONLY: SIGN UP FOR  A MEMBERSHIP you can then join any of our many events throughout the year for FREE! with many other benefits, see; subscriptions. After signing up, you can use your membercode to book this event free of charge.







UKAFH is a professional non-profit organisation with the aim of encouraging safe and sensible collecting and educating the next generation. Our highly experienced leaders are all volunteers, who dedicated their time to be able to run these events for you and ensure UKAFH continues to be able to what we do best, provide a family friendly fossil hunting group. All our leaders are first aid trained, highly skilled in what they do, and fossil enthusiasts themselves. All funds from events are used to run UKAFH, cover public liability insurance, and the day to day running. We ask that all members and attendees appreciate and respect leaders roles, and understand that without them, these events could not happen.






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 bring a younger child?


We are sorry, but to comply with insurance cover and to ensure the safety of the event, we do not allow any exceptions. 


Can I book over the phone?


Unfortunately, as terms and conditions and waivers need to be signed, we can only accept bookings online. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.


I have a question not listed?


Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).


What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?


You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.


Are toilets nearby?


Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.


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.

Sutherndown, South Wales – GEOLOGICAL AND FOSSIL FIELD TRIP

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Southerndown is a Jurassic coastal location that closely resembles the classic Lias sites of Somerset. The early Blue Lias is mostly thickly bedded limestones, with thin shale bands. The limestones are full of bivalves, with occasional ammonites. They sometimes also yield reptile remains and fish.


* Suitable for children 6+ (All children must be acompanied by an 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.


MEMBERS ONLY: SIGN UP FOR  A MEMBERSHIP you can then join any of our many events throughout the year for FREE! with many other benefits, see; subscriptions. After signing up, you can use your membercode to book this event free of charge.







UKAFH is a professional non-profit organisation with the aim of encouraging safe and sensible collecting and educating the next generation. Our highly experienced leaders are all volunteers, who dedicated their time to be able to run these events for you and ensure UKAFH continues to be able to what we do best, provide a family friendly fossil hunting group. All our leaders are first aid trained, highly skilled in what they do, and fossil enthusiasts themselves. All funds from events are used to run UKAFH, cover public liability insurance, and the day to day running. We ask that all members and attendees appreciate and respect leaders roles, and understand that without them, these events could not happen.






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 bring a younger child?


We are sorry, but to comply with insurance cover and to ensure the safety of the event, we do not allow any exceptions. 


Can I book over the phone?


Unfortunately, as terms and conditions and waivers need to be signed, we can only accept bookings online. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.


I have a question not listed?


Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).


What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?


You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.


Are toilets nearby?


Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.


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.

Herne Bay, Kent – GEOLOGICAL AND FOSSIL FIELD TRIP

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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 6+ (All children must be acompanied by an adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential. We do not provide these, but you can add these when ordering if needed.


MEMBERS ONLY: SIGN UP FOR  A MEMBERSHIP you can then join any of our many events throughout the year for FREE! with many other benefits, see; subscriptions. After signing up, you can use your membercode to book this event free of charge.







UKAFH is a professional non-profit organisation with the aim of encouraging safe and sensible collecting and educating the next generation. Our highly experienced leaders are all volunteers, who dedicated their time to be able to run these events for you and ensure UKAFH continues to be able to what we do best, provide a family friendly fossil hunting group. All our leaders are first aid trained, highly skilled in what they do, and fossil enthusiasts themselves. All funds from events are used to run UKAFH, cover public liability insurance, and the day to day running. We ask that all members and attendees appreciate and respect leaders roles, and understand that without them, these events could not happen.






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 bring a younger child?


We are sorry, but to comply with insurance cover and to ensure the safety of the event, we do not allow any exceptions. 


Can I book over the phone?


Unfortunately, as terms and conditions and waivers need to be signed, we can only accept bookings online. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.


I have a question not listed?


Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).


What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?


You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.


Are toilets nearby?


Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.


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.

Saltwick Bay, Yorkshire – GEOLOGICAL AND FOSSIL FIELD TRIP

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This trip is part of a weekend event, if you would like to attend both Saturday and Sunday field trips in Yorkshire please sign up for both events separately.


Saltwick Bay yields many ammonites, reptiles and shells, and is also famous for jet, which is a type of lignite and considered to be a minor gemstone and popular for jewellery. Ammonites are often found in nodules, which are easy to split and found along the foreshore.


* Suitable for children 6+ (All children must be acompanied by an 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.


MEMBERS ONLY: SIGN UP FOR  A MEMBERSHIP you can then join any of our many events throughout the year for FREE! with many other benefits, see; subscriptions. After signing up, you can use your membercode to book this event free of charge.







UKAFH is a professional non-profit organisation with the aim of encouraging safe and sensible collecting and educating the next generation. Our highly experienced leaders are all volunteers, who dedicated their time to be able to run these events for you and ensure UKAFH continues to be able to what we do best, provide a family friendly fossil hunting group. All our leaders are first aid trained, highly skilled in what they do, and fossil enthusiasts themselves. All funds from events are used to run UKAFH, cover public liability insurance, and the day to day running. We ask that all members and attendees appreciate and respect leaders roles, and understand that without them, these events could not happen.






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 bring a younger child?


We are sorry, but to comply with insurance cover and to ensure the safety of the event, we do not allow any exceptions. 


Can I book over the phone?


Unfortunately, as terms and conditions and waivers need to be signed, we can only accept bookings online. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.


I have a question not listed?


Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).


What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?


You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.


Are toilets nearby?


Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.


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.

Sandsend, Yorkshire – GEOLOGICAL AND FOSSIL FIELD TRIP

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This trip is part of a weekend event, if you would like to attend both Saturday and Sunday field trips in Yorkshire please sign up for both events separately.


At Sandsend, the Upper Lias, especially the shales on the foreshore, yield the odd ammonite, along with ichthyosaur bones and other reptiles. In fact, Sandsend is quite famous for reptiles, especially after cliff falls.


* Suitable for children 6+ (All children must be acompanied by an 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.


MEMBERS ONLY: SIGN UP FOR  A MEMBERSHIP you can then join any of our many events throughout the year for FREE! with many other benefits, see; subscriptions. After signing up, you can use your membercode to book this event free of charge.







UKAFH is a professional non-profit organisation with the aim of encouraging safe and sensible collecting and educating the next generation. Our highly experienced leaders are all volunteers, who dedicated their time to be able to run these events for you and ensure UKAFH continues to be able to what we do best, provide a family friendly fossil hunting group. All our leaders are first aid trained, highly skilled in what they do, and fossil enthusiasts themselves. All funds from events are used to run UKAFH, cover public liability insurance, and the day to day running. We ask that all members and attendees appreciate and respect leaders roles, and understand that without them, these events could not happen.






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 bring a younger child?


We are sorry, but to comply with insurance cover and to ensure the safety of the event, we do not allow any exceptions. 


Can I book over the phone?


Unfortunately, as terms and conditions and waivers need to be signed, we can only accept bookings online. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.


I have a question not listed?


Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).


What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?


You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.


Are toilets nearby?


Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.


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.

Barton on Sea, Hampshire – GEOLOGICAL AND FOSSIL FIELD TRIP

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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. 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.


* Suitable for children 6+ (All children must be acompanied by an adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential. We do not provide these, but you can add these when ordering if needed.


MEMBERS ONLY: SIGN UP FOR  A MEMBERSHIP you can then join any of our many events throughout the year for FREE! with many other benefits, see; subscriptions. After signing up, you can use your membercode to book this event free of charge.







UKAFH is a professional non-profit organisation with the aim of encouraging safe and sensible collecting and educating the next generation. Our highly experienced leaders are all volunteers, who dedicated their time to be able to run these events for you and ensure UKAFH continues to be able to what we do best, provide a family friendly fossil hunting group. All our leaders are first aid trained, highly skilled in what they do, and fossil enthusiasts themselves. All funds from events are used to run UKAFH, cover public liability insurance, and the day to day running. We ask that all members and attendees appreciate and respect leaders roles, and understand that without them, these events could not happen.






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 bring a younger child?


We are sorry, but to comply with insurance cover and to ensure the safety of the event, we do not allow any exceptions. 


Can I book over the phone?


Unfortunately, as terms and conditions and waivers need to be signed, we can only accept bookings online. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.


I have a question not listed?


Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).


What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?


You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.


Are toilets nearby?


Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.


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.

Much Wenlock, Shropshire – GEOLOGICAL AND FOSSIL FIELD TRIP

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Many Silurian fossils, such as crinoid pieces, corals and brachiopods, can be collected at this National Trust managed limestone escarpment. The tourist information centre and museum in Much Wenlock is also worth a visit to learn a little more about the location and to view fossils from the area.


* Suitable for children 6+ (All children must be acompanied by an adult).
* HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential. We do not provide these, but you can add these when ordering if needed.


MEMBERS ONLY: SIGN UP FOR  A MEMBERSHIP you can then join any of our many events throughout the year for FREE! with many other benefits, see; subscriptions. After signing up, you can use your membercode to book this event free of charge.







UKAFH is a professional non-profit organisation with the aim of encouraging safe and sensible collecting and educating the next generation. Our highly experienced leaders are all volunteers, who dedicated their time to be able to run these events for you and ensure UKAFH continues to be able to what we do best, provide a family friendly fossil hunting group. All our leaders are first aid trained, highly skilled in what they do, and fossil enthusiasts themselves. All funds from events are used to run UKAFH, cover public liability insurance, and the day to day running. We ask that all members and attendees appreciate and respect leaders roles, and understand that without them, these events could not happen.






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 bring a younger child?


We are sorry, but to comply with insurance cover and to ensure the safety of the event, we do not allow any exceptions. 


Can I book over the phone?


Unfortunately, as terms and conditions and waivers need to be signed, we can only accept bookings online. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.


I have a question not listed?


Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).


What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?


You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.


Are toilets nearby?


Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.


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.

Monmouth Beach, Dorset – GEOLOGICAL FOSSIL FIELD TRIP

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There are similar zones at Chippel Bay to the Lias of Church Cliffs. Ammonites and reptile remains can be found on the foreshore, but you need a good scour to find any decent fossils. Bones of ichthyosaurs and other reptiles can be found on the foreshore. These are fairly rare and beach scouring is often needed to be successful. They come from a bed that is beneath the level of the beach, so you will not be able to find these by directly digging into the cliffs. The hard limestone from the Blue Lias contains many ammonites and, sometimes, very large, complete nautiluses. The ammonites and nautiluses can reach over 0.5m in diameter. In fact, some of the largest and best Blue Lias finds have come from Chippel Bay. However, this bed is extremely hard and a cliff fall is required to find anything. Trace fossils and worn parts of ammonites scatter the beach (especially Psiloceras and Coroniceras). Within the limestone bands, brachiopods (Calcirhynchia calcarea) and oysters (Gryphaea arcuata) can be found.


* Suitable for children 6+ (All children must be acompanied by an adult).
* HARD HATS (Not Cycle Helmits), HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential. We do not provide these, but you can add these when ordering if needed.


MEMBERS ONLY: SIGN UP FOR  A MEMBERSHIP you can then join any of our many events throughout the year for FREE! with many other benefits, see; subscriptions. After signing up, you can use your membercode to book this event free of charge.







UKAFH is a professional non-profit organisation with the aim of encouraging safe and sensible collecting and educating the next generation. Our highly experienced leaders are all volunteers, who dedicated their time to be able to run these events for you and ensure UKAFH continues to be able to what we do best, provide a family friendly fossil hunting group. All our leaders are first aid trained, highly skilled in what they do, and fossil enthusiasts themselves. All funds from events are used to run UKAFH, cover public liability insurance, and the day to day running. We ask that all members and attendees appreciate and respect leaders roles, and understand that without them, these events could not happen.






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 bring a younger child?


We are sorry, but to comply with insurance cover and to ensure the safety of the event, we do not allow any exceptions. 


Can I book over the phone?


Unfortunately, as terms and conditions and waivers need to be signed, we can only accept bookings online. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.


I have a question not listed?


Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).


What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?


You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.


Are toilets nearby?


Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.


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.

Eastbourne, East Sussex – GEOLOGICAL FOSSIL FIELD TRIP

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This location is highly fossiliferous, with chalk packed with ammonites, echinoids, brachiopods, bivalves and crinoids. This is one of the best chalk locations in the UK and is full of surprises. It is highly recommended to all fossil hunters who love the chalk.


MEMBERS ONLY: SIGN UP FOR  A MEMBERSHIP you can then join any of our many events throughout the year for FREE! with many other benefits, see; subscriptions. After signing up, you can use your membercode to book this event free of charge.







UKAFH is a professional non-profit organisation with the aim of encouraging safe and sensible collecting and educating the next generation. Our highly experienced leaders are all volunteers, who dedicated their time to be able to run these events for you and ensure UKAFH continues to be able to what we do best, provide a family friendly fossil hunting group. All our leaders are first aid trained, highly skilled in what they do, and fossil enthusiasts themselves. All funds from events are used to run UKAFH, cover public liability insurance, and the day to day running. We ask that all members and attendees appreciate and respect leaders roles, and understand that without them, these events could not happen.






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 bring a younger child?


We are sorry, but to comply with insurance cover and to ensure the safety of the event, we do not allow any exceptions. 


Can I book over the phone?


Unfortunately, as terms and conditions and waivers need to be signed, we can only accept bookings online. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.


I have a question not listed?


Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).


What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?


You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.


Are toilets nearby?


Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.


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.

Caistor St Edmonds, Norfolk- GEOLOGICAL AND FOSSIL FIELD TRIP

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The Caistor St Edmund quarry in Norfolk is particularly good for fish remains, which can be found in the lower beds. Echinoids, brachiopods and bivalves are also common here, along with sponges from the flint spoil heaps.


* NOT Suitable for children
* HARD HAT and HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential.


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UKAFH is a professional non-profit organisation with the aim of encouraging safe and sensible collecting and educating the next generation. Our highly experienced leaders are all volunteers, who dedicated their time to be able to run these events for you and ensure UKAFH continues to be able to what we do best, provide a family friendly fossil hunting group. All our leaders are first aid trained, highly skilled in what they do, and fossil enthusiasts themselves. All funds from events are used to run UKAFH, cover public liability insurance, and the day to day running. We ask that all members and attendees appreciate and respect leaders roles, and understand that without them, these events could not happen.






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 bring a younger child?


We are sorry, but to comply with insurance cover and to ensure the safety of the event, we do not allow any exceptions. 


Can I book over the phone?


Unfortunately, as terms and conditions and waivers need to be signed, we can only accept bookings online. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.


I have a question not listed?


Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).


What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?


You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.


Are toilets nearby?


Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.


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.

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.