FOSSIL HUNT - Hooken Cliffs, Devon

Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (LMT) More Information →

Hooken Cliff is the best location in Devon for finding fossils, in particular, echinoids, ammonites, fish and brachiopods, which are easy to find – you just never know what you may find. They can be found in the White Chalk Subgroup (Seaton Formation) and the Grey Chalk Subgroup and in the Upper Greensand.

* Suitable for children 11+
* LEADERS: Steve Snowball and Lizzie Hingley 

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:

It is easy to find fossils at Hooken Cliff. The old landslide is constantly being eroded by the rain, wind and sea, and boulders of Chalk and Upper Greensand frequently fall onto the beach.

If you search through the boulders on the foreshore, these are usually full of fossils. The best blocks are those from the Grey Chalk Subgroup (previously Middle Chalk), with the fossils in this being superbly preserved and fairly easy to get out. The best blocks are those that have been sitting around for a while, as the harder fossils weather out of the softer chalk, making them easy to spot.

Keep an eye open for loose echinoids along the foreshore, which have been washed out of the chalk. However, they can be hard to spot. In addition, the Upper Greensand here is rich in fossil brachiopods, oysters and bivalves. Ammonites can also be found in this. In addition, other fossils such as sharks’ teeth, corals and sponges can be found here – you just never know what you might find.


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.