Lavernock, Wales

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15th May 2022 – 11.00am

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

Fossil hunts can only be booked by members. To join in this hunts please sign up to a membership. UKAFH Family or UKAFH Solo
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* Suitable for children 6+ (All children must be accompanied 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 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 conditions or unforeseen circumstances, we will notify you immediately.

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.