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Fossil Hunting in Cheshire

There is one location in Cheshire that is excellent for Carboniferous plants, offering some of the best well preserved plants in the UK. This is Offerton, but the actual site can be difficult to find. The area is a small cutting along a river.

Offerton is superb for fossil ferns and roots and trunks. These can be found in a small river cutting. The specimens are very well preserved. The 'brownish' leaves are much more clearer to see here than most other 'carboniferous plant' locations.



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.

 

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Cheshire


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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