FOSSIL HUNT - Ramsholt, SuffolkSaturday, September 2, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (LMT) More Information →
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+
* LEADERS: Aidan Philpott and Sam Caethoven
* Hard hats are not required at this location, but high vis jacket or vest and strong boots are
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.
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.