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South East England Fossil Locations

Click to view details Barton on Sea (Hampshire) Eocene

Summary: The fossils of the Barton Clay are nothing less than spectacular. The highly fossiliferous Barton Clay exposed in the cliff between Highcliffe and Barton on Sea provides an opportunity to explore a prehistoric marine environment dating from 40 million years ago.

Fossils: shark teeth, bivalves, gastropods...

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Click to view details Beachy Head (East Sussex) Cretaceous

Summary: The rocks and clays at Beachy Head record the transition from shallow, near-shore conditions to deeper water and the earliest associated chalks. Fossils occur commonly, in particular echinoids, sponges, bivalves, and other benthic fauna that inhabited the prehistoric seafloor at the time.

Fossils: ammonites, nautili, echinoids, bivalves, sponges...

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Click to view details Bracklesham Bay (West Sussex) Eocene

Summary: this is one of the best locations in the UK to find Eocene fossils. The frequency and quality of finds is excellent, especially after stormy weather. Bracklesham Bay is a good location for all the family.

Fossils: shark teeth, other fish bones, bivalves, gastropods...

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Click to view details Dover (Kent) Cretaceous

Summary: Dover is a classic fossil hunting location, although best suited to experienced collectors and less so for families. The fossils are not readily found and those that are require careful extraction to prevent damage.

Fossils: echinoids, bivalves, sponges, shark teeth...

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Click to view details Fairlight (East Sussex) Cretaceous

Summary: Fairlight and Hastings are two of a limited number of UK locations where you can explore sediments laid down above sea level during the Lower Cretaceous epoch. Despite the low find frequency, Fairlight provides an understanding of what was happening 140 million years ago.

Fossils: dinosaur footprints and bones, bivalves, plant remains...

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Click to view details Folkestone (Kent) Cretaceous

Summary: Folkestone is one of the best places to find fossils on the south coast. This beach is easily accessible and the volume and quality of fossils is hard to beat.

Fossils: ammonites, bivalves, belemnites, fish and crab remains...

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Click to view details Hastings (East Sussex) Cretaceous

Summary: Hastings and Fairlight are two of a limited number of UK locations where you can explore sediments laid down above sea level during the Lower Cretaceous epoch. Despite the low find frequency, Hastings provides an understanding of what was happening 140 million years ago.

Fossils: dinosaur footprints and bones, bivalves, plant remains...

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Click to view details Herne Bay (Kent) Eocene

Summary: The cliffs and foreshore provide an opportunity to explore a prehistoric marine environment dating from 56-54 million years ago. Fossils occur commonly throughout the year especially following stormy conditions when they can be found in large numbers among the pebbles and clay on the foreshore.

Fossils: shark teeth, bivalves...

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Click to view details SPECIAL FEATURE Littlehampton (West Sussex) Cretaceous

Summary: The fossils at Littlehampton reveal the variety of organisms living on the seabed 90-71 million years ago. Among the more frequent finds include the internal flint moulds of two irregular (bilaterally-symmetrical) echinoid genera - the heart-shaped Micraster and the taller, oval-shaped Echinocorys.

Fossils: echinoids, bivalves, sponges...

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Click to view details Peacehaven (East Sussex) Cretaceous

Summary: Peacehaven is the best place to view some of the largest ammonites in the world. Although fossil collecting of these ammonites is prohibited, certain areas do allow fossil collecting.

Fossils: ammonites, echinoids, bivalves, sponges...

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Click to view details Seaford Head (East Sussex) Cretaceous

Summary: A good source of chalk fossils, but more suitable to professional collectors, Seaford offers a good range of fossils, including many complete specimens.

Fossils: echinoids, bivalves, sponges...

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Click to view details Seven Sisters (East Sussex) Cretaceous

Summary: Seven Sisters is one of the most famous places to find Cretaceous fossils. The location has excellent facilities, good access and is suitable for families.

Fossils: echinoids, bivalves, sponges...

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Click to view details Warden Point (Isle of Sheppey, Kent) Eocene

Summary: For centuries the eroding coastline around Warden Point has provided one of the most productive areas for the study and collection of fossils from the London Clay. Among the finds include largely complete crustaceans, nautili, shark teeth and bones, snake skeletons, bird skulls and a variety of land sourced fruits.

Fossils: shark teeth, bivalves, gastropods, crabs, lobsters...

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