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Fossil hunts and events 2017

April

Sunday 9th, Overstrand Norfolk

Overstrand is a foreshore collecting location. Chalk is exposed during low tide, especially during scouring conditions or winter/spring months. The chalk is highly fossiliferous, yielding many echinoids, sponges and molluscs

Suitable for all the Family. 

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overstrand

Sunday 23rd, Penarth Wales

Penarth is the most popular location in Wales for fossil collectors. This is down to both the site being very rich in fossils, together being a major built up area. This site can be over collected but you still should come home with some finds.

Suitable for all the Family. 

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May

Sunday 7th, Hill Dale Quarry Derbyshire

This is an extremely large, open disused quarry, which is rich in fossils. It is one of the best locations in Derbyshire, being easy to access. You could spend days here, finding superb fossils. The quarry is so large that it is even possible to get lost. Several smaller quarries are linked to the main quarry, which has three levels.

Suitable for older children. 

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Sunday 21st, Herne bay Kent

Herne Bay is one of the most popular locations for Eocene collecting sharks’ teeth in the UK, especially for international visitors.

Suitable for all the Family. 

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June

Sunday 4th, Pett Level East Sussex

Sandstone from the early Cretaceous. The cliffs here are unstable, yet provide the collector

with much fallen material, with fossils from a freshwater lake or lagoon and foreshore that

once dominated the landscape. Sands and silt were transported by rivers and streams, to form the lake bed Dinosaur remains are possible here, along with footprint casts and the remains of plants, especially the horsetail Equisetites, freshwater bivalves and fish.

Suitable for older children. 

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Sunday 25th, Hooken Cliff Devon

One of the best location in Devon for finding fossils, in particular, echinoids, ammonites, fish and brachiopods. You just never know what you may find. They can be found in the Middle and Lower Chalk, and in the Upper Greensand.

The site is Between 96 and 90 million years old.

Suitable for older children. 

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July

Sunday 2nd, Kings Dyke Cambridgeshire 
A great Oxford Clay fossil hunt perfect for all the family situated inside a beautiful nature reserve. We will be hunting for ammonites, belemnites, marine reptile remains and shells from Jurassic 165MYA. Plenty to find and always the unexpected!
Please be aware that there is also a working quarry on this site, of which we DO NOT have access to and UKAFH ask all members to say together.

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kings dyke

Sunday 9th, Ringstead bay Dorset

Ringstead Bay is a wonderful location, with rocks and fossils from the Corallian, Kimmeridge Clay, Purbeck Beds, Portland Beds (and at the White Nothe headland, from the Upper Greensand and Chalk) all in one place!

Suitable for older children. 

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Sunday 16th, Clithroe (Salthill quarry) Lancashire
This is marine Carboniferious site full of Crinoids and aswell rarer Blastoids.

Suitable for older children. 

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Clitheroe

August

Sunday 6th, Wrens Nest Shropshire

The beds here consist of Wenlock Limestone, dating back to the Homerian age, the early part of the Wenlock epoch of between 426- 423 Mya. 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.

Suitable for all the Family. 

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Sunday 13th, Hampton Vale lakes Cambridgeshire

We shall be hunting for ammonites, belemnites, marine reptile remains and shells of various sorts from Jurassic Cambridgeshire. Plenty to find and always the unexpected!

Suitable for older children. 

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September

Sat 2nd, Ramsholt Suffolk

A UKAFH hunt at an estuary location, this time, with fossils to be found from the London Clay, Red Crag and Coralline formations. Expect to find shark teeth, crabs, lobsters, fish remains, fruits, shells, corals and echinoids.

Suitable for older children. 

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IP12 3AB

Sun 10th, Seatown Dorset

A Jurassic Heritage Coast hunt for ammonites, belemnites, crinoids, reptile remains, brachiopods, bivalves and other fossils from the famous Green Ammonite Beds when collecting conditions are just right.

Suitable for all the Family. 

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October


Sunday 1st, Seaford East Sussex

Chalk hunt fossil hunt, with a opportunity to collect some stunning echinoids and many other fossils from the Lower, Middle and Upper Chalk of the Cretaceous period.

Suitable for all the Family. 

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Sat 14th and Sun 15th, Folkestone kent Weekender

This highly fossiliferous site, especially on the foreshore near Copt Point, is composed of

rocks from the Lower Cretaceous; Gault Clay and Lower Greensand. The rocks are of the Middle Albian stage, at Folkestone being approximately 106 million years old. At the base of the Gault Clay cliffs is the Lower Greensand formation. Boulders from this are strewn over the foreshore, making it hard walking in some sections.

Suitable for older children. 

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November

Sun 12th, Warden Point (Isle of Sheppey) Kent

The site is rich in fossils but the pyritisation of many, including large fruits of the palm, Nina,

seeds, twigs and wood, gastropods and brachiopods. Crab and lobster carapace and bones, preserved in phosphatic nodules, once

prepped, remain stable, along with shark and ray teeth and fish bones.

ADULTS ONLY

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December

Sun 10th, Staithes Yorkshire

Ammonites are quite common at Staithes and they are also easy to prepare. In addition, you do not need to walk far to find them. They can be found in nodules along the foreshore or within ledges ready to be picked out.

Suitable for older children. 

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Staithes