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Fossil Hunting in Northumberland

The county of Northumberland has Carboniferous rocks. Most of these locations will yield brachiopods, crinoids, corals and plant remains. There is an excellent location for Carboniferous plant remains at Seaton Sluice. Beaches such as Howick and Beadnell have excellent quick access which are suitable for children to visit. There is plenty of fossils to collect here with a mixture of Limestone and Shale along the coast.

Seaton Sluice at the north end of Whitley Bay is an excellent chance to collect fossils from the Carboniferous coal measures. Coal itself can be seen in the rocks which are also rich in plant remains, corals and bivalves. An easy location to access and fossils are common.

This secluded location offers a surprisingly varied selection of fossils over a little more than a kilometre of coastline. Trilobites, crinoid pieces, corals, brachiopods, plant fossils, trace fossils and more can be found here.

Blocks of shale packed with Carboniferous brachiopods and more can be collected at Beadnell. The location is a great one to explore, with excellent access and also suitable for children.

A good location at which to find a range of Carboniferous fossils, including crinoidal limestone and corals, as well as plant remains and trace fossils in sandstone.

A good location at which to find a range of Carboniferous fossils, including crinoidal limestone and corals, as well as plant remains and trace fossils in sandstone.

Fossils collected direct from cliff face
Fossils collected from the foreshore
Fossils collected from the cliff and foreshore
Location is a quarry or pit
Fossils collected from a stream or river bed,
Fossils collected from a farm field
Fossils collected from road or railway cutting.
Scree Slope
Fossils collected from hill or mountain scree slope.
Rock Outcrop
Fossils collected from rock outcrops.
Lake / Reservoir
Fossils collected from lake or reservoir banks.
Samples taken back for processing microfossils.

Fossils are common
Fossils often found
Fossils are not common
Fossils rarely found
Site protected, no collecting permitted, or no access to beach


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