Discover Fossil Hunting and Collecting
Safely Along the Beaches of the Jurassic Coast
Are you wondering where are the best places to sustainably and safely hunt, collect or see fossils along the Jurassic Coast? Fossils become exposed by erosion or are found on the beaches after a winter storm or landslip. The diversity of the fossils discovered at any of the locations along the Jurassic coastline may be rare or common, well or poorly preserved, or be large or small. Here are a few tips to enjoy your fossil hunting and collecting.
Remember to be safe and have fun!
Fossil Hunting the Ice Age Devon Coast
Have you heard of the Honiton Hippo? Did you know that Devon's coast has nationally significant fossils of an ice-age woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, cave bears, small saber-toothed cats as well as the earliest people in Europe. Discover the Pleistocene fossil record from 2.6 million years ago until 11,700 years ago
Fossil hunting is a wonderful experience at any age. Many of the fossils emerge through erosion, landslides and are discovered on tidal beaches. Handy tips to hunt for fossils safely and sustainably.
Hunting Dinosaurs on the Jurassic Coast
Dinosaurs have been discovered along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset especially in the Cretaceous rocks of Mesozoic Era also known as the "age of reptiles" with pliosaurs swimming in the sea and dinosaurs like Allosaurus and Diplodocus on land the late Jurassic was an era of giants.
Iconic Features of the Jurassic Coast
Throughout the Jurassic Period, the earth moved, folded, and eroded. The sea levels changed. All of which led to the creation of iconic features such as the Fossil Forest, Durdle Door, The Lulworth Crumple, Lulworth Cove, Chesil, and the Great Unconformity. Understand how these were formed.