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Fossil Hunting in South Wales

This area of Wales has the best locations for fossil hunters. The South Coast has the same formations as those from along Somerset, but with less competition. The Jurassic and Triassic sites offer the chance to find ammonites, belemnites, brachiopods as well as reptiles, shark and fish remains. Llantwit Major is one of the best locations where you can find giant gastropods. Penarth has the same famous Triassic Bone Beds seen at Blue Anchor and Aust. In South Wales, the beach's are very family friendly with plenty of fossils to be easily picked up.

Llantwit Major is the best place in Wales for Jurassic fossils. The huge cliffs yield a wide range of fossils and unique is the large amount of marine life, for example corals and giant brachiopods and gastropods.


Penarth is the most popular location in Wales for fossil collectors. This is down to both the site being very rich in fossils, together being a major built up area. This site can be over collected but you still should come home with some finds.


A mixture of Jurassic and Triassic rocks can be seen at Lavernock. Whilst the Jurassic rocks yield ammonites and mollusk's, the Triassic Rhaetian bone bed similar to Aust yields fish and reptile remains.


The foreshore at Gileston is full of Jurassic Boulders. Many of these contain shells and ammonites. This is an ideal location for along who likes splitting rocks on the foreshore or families where children can also collect fossils too.


Sully Foreshore is a very hard rock platform from the Triassic, trace fossils can be found in this. There are also a few Jurassic Boulders around which can contain ammonites and brachiopods but fossils are quite rare.

 

Cliff
Fossils collected direct from cliff face
Foreshore
Fossils collected from the foreshore
Cliff/Foreshore
Fossils collected from the cliff and foreshore
Quarry
Location is a quarry or pit
Stream
Fossils collected from a stream or river bed,
Field
Fossils collected from a farm field
Cutting
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.
Microfossils
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

Quaternary
Neogene
Palaeogene

Cretaceous
Jurassic
Triassic
Permian
Carboniferous
Devonian
Silurian
Ordovician
Cambrian / Pre Cambrian

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