Time to Scour the Beach

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Time to Scour the Beach

A number of our team members are spending the day fossil hunting at Charmouth, near Lyme Regis on the UNESCO World Heritage site the “Jurassic Coast”.  The predicted dry, warm Bank Holiday weather has drawn us to the south coast and we are going to be scouting around the beach looking for ichthyosaur bones and ammonite fossils.

Fossil Hunting

With a bit of luck we will find some interesting pieces.  The great thing about palaeontology is that unlike other forms of science you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment, just good walking shoes, waterproof clothing and some basic tools.  At Lyme Regis we don’t bother hammering away at the nodules that we find, we much prefer to scan the foreshore to see what time and tide has produced.

Typical Fossils Found at Lyme Regis on the Famous “Jurassic Coast”

Fossils found at Lyme Regis (Dorset).

Lyme Regis full of fossils.  Typical fossils that can be collected along the beach at Lyme Regis (Dorset). Everything Dinosaur team members advise visitors to the area to heed the tide timetables and to avoid getting too close to the dangerous cliffs.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Depending on the tide time tables we will probably be out on the beach shortly after 9am and spend most of the day on them.  Our intention is to cover the area from Lyme Regis to Charmouth to see if we can find any vertebrate bones, our focus will be around Church cliffs, but we will probably go along the beach to Charmouth itself.  Should be a nice day for a bit of beach combing.

Everything Dinosaur stocks a wide range of prehistoric invertebrate models in the CollectA range of prehistoric animal models. There are ammonite, nautiloids and belemnite models to collect.

To view the CollectA Age of Dinosaurs range of models: CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Prehistoric Life Models.