Stormy Weather at Lyme Regis
Violent Storms Continue to Batter the UK’s South Coast
Much of England and south Wales continues to get a battering from severe winter storms. We have been somewhat sheltered at Everything Dinosaur, although our warehouse was rocking a bit last night as 80 mph (128 kmh) winds buffeted the building. Elsewhere in the UK, especially on exposed coasts, the sea conditions remain extremely hazardous.
The Environmental Agency has been stressing the need for walkers and visitors to the coast to stay away from cliffs and other areas where landslips may occur. Our advice to anyone considering going out on a fossil hunt over the next few days is to postpone it, the beaches and cliffs are just too dangerous.
Our chum Brandon sent us a short video, documenting some of the damage that the stormy weather has caused to properties and boats on Monmouth Beach. We have received a lot of reports from various fossil collectors and rock hounds from around the UK over the last few weeks. The high rainfall levels, the storms, severe gales and flooding are the worst in living memory. Some parts of the coast will be unrecognisable by the time the bad weather subsides and experts can assess the full extent of the damage.
Best to stay away from the cliffs and beaches for the time being.
Storm Damage at Monmouth Beach (Lyme Regis)
Video credit: Brandon Lennon
Our thanks to Brandon for sending in this short video.
Brandon knows a lot about the local geology of the Lyme Regis coast, he can be found down on the beach on most days leading fossil walks, to read more about Brandon’s fossil walks: Lyme Regis Fossil Walks.