Best places to find fossils
You can find fossils anywhere, from gardens to railway sidings – they could be deep in the ground beneath you right now. Some of the coastal spots in our care are famed for their ancient finds. If you’re interested in fossils, or your children are exploring No. 26 of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’, here are some great places to start.
- Birling Gap, East Sussex
- Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, is part of the world-famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast and also a great spot for finding fossils. The chalk cliffs of the South Downs are continually eroding, meaning a lot of Cretaceous fossils are found here. Everyone will find something on the beach to intrigue them.Visit Birling Gap
- Blakeney Point, Norfolk
- On the strand at Blakeney Point, bones and fossils (including ammonites) are often washed up. Walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and see if you can find a precious fossil. Remember to check tide times before you visit, to make sure you’re not cut off by rising and high tides. Please respect the areas fenced off to protect nesting birds.Visit Blakeney Point
- Compton Bay, Isle of Wight
- Sometimes referred to as ‘Dinosaur Island’, the Isle of Wight is a rich source of fossils. Compton Bay is a good place to start your hunt, on areas of the beach recently uncovered by the tide, among the loose gravel and stones. Don’t miss the large three-toed iguanodon foot casts, at the base of the cliffs just east of Compton Bay car park at Hanover Point.Visit Compton Bay
- Yorkshire coast
- On the Yorkshire coast rocks from the Jurassic period are exposed for all to see, in a series of spectacular cliffs and bays. Staithes, Runswick, Robin Hood’s Bay, Boggle Hole and Saltburn are all good spots to go hunting fossils.Visit the Yorkshire coast
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