Local fossil beds

Holidays can stretch out and seem endless, but having a topic / project can make all the difference. Fossil hunting is easy locally with Tertiary age fossils on the local beaches and other fossils in the area for the amateur to discover. You don’t even  need any specialised equipment….

often a keen eye and patience and a small beach spade or fork is adequate.

There is a well known fossil bed which is exposed at  low tide called the Bracklesham Beds. Here you will find mainly shark teeth, types of cockle and spiral shells and eagle ray bones which date back 45-55 million years ago!!

sharks teeth

This and other local beaches are designated as SSSI – site of special scientific interest. To get to them park at the car park at Bracklesham (pay and display ) at low tide and walk out… they have a somewhat muddy texture to the ground underfoot.  If you want to find out  more you can visit the Tertiary Research has Group which is a branch of the Geological  Society  in London. Their website is www.trg.org

Did you know that the flints on the beaches are also fossils! They are fossilised sponges… and we have millions of them! They are often used in local walls as they are very hard and also decorative. Try and find ones with a hole in them and string them up… and some even have crystals inside them! Magical.

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