Maylandsea, Essex

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22nd May 2022 – 10:00am

The most productive location for lobster fragments – found in small yellow nodules – this small location with its tiny cliffs can bring some nice surprises. Sharks’ teeth and fish remains can also be found. There are several species of lobster to be collected and it is also rich in microfossils.

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The most productive location for lobster fragments – found in small yellow nodules – this small location with its tiny cliffs can bring some nice surprises. Sharks’ teeth and fish remains can also be found. There are several species of lobster to be collected and it is also rich in microfossils.

Sharks’ teeth, fish bones and teeth, and vertebrae can be found, but the most common finds are lobster pieces in small, light yellow nodules. The carapaces, claws and other body parts can be seen sticking out of these nodules. Whole lobsters can be found, but are obviously less common. Other fossils include seeds, bivalves, freshwater gastropods, pieces of crinoids and crabs. There are several different species of lobster, including Hoploparia, which is the most common. Sea urchin spines from the chalk are quite common. Other chalk fossils can also be found.

To collect fossils from Maylandsea, it is best to crawl on your hands and knees, and search through the shingle. It is very easy to miss smaller (and sometimes more important) finds by just walking along the shores. Collecting is best done around two hours before low tide during a warm, sunny day, when the shingle has dried out. You might like to take something to lean on, otherwise you may get backache. The best place to look is along the tide line, where fossils get caught up in the seaweed and, below this area, where recent tides have shifted material.

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.