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Abereiddy is the best and easiest place in the UK to find graptolites. It is also an outstanding place where you can see and photograph in situ graptolites, crammed into the sloping bedrocks. Although this site is a SSSI (so hammering the bedrock is strictly prohibited), there is no reason why you would want to disturb the bedrock. The foreshore is full of rocks that can be picked up without tools and contain better specimens than those in the bedrock.

Marloes Sands is a stunningly beautiful location managed by the National Trust. The scenery is fantastic, the geology is breath-taking and there are many fossils to find, corals brachiopods, trilobites and much more.


West Angle Bay is eroded out of Carboniferous Limestone Series rocks which are packed with crinoid fossils. It is an excellent location to take children to – there is a nice sandy beach, a café and public conveniences.

Abundant graptolites can be found at Druidston Haven. The site, like much of the Pembrokeshire Coast is an SSSI which means that although loose pebbles and smaller rocks may be investigated and collected, large boulders and the cliffs must not be defaced.

Good quality coral fossils are abundant within the rocks at this beautiful little cove. Most cannot be collected however as they are found within the limestone cliffs and on the surfaces of large boulders.

Some excellent geological features can be seen within Manorbier Bay and also from the cliff top path that leads south east from the location. Crinoids and other fossils are abundant and can be found in pebbles in the stream that crosses the sandy beach.

The strata exposed at Presipe are a delight to behold. The various coves are very beautiful, if near impossible to reach except at low tide. Trace fossils are present in certain layers.

Freshwater East bay is a great location for the whole family. The sandy beach is ideal for children and as it is so large it is unlikely to become crowded even in the height of summer. Fossils are fairly abundant and are easy to find.

A peaceful, secluded bay, a wonderful cliff-top walk and some impressive coal measures plants make Nolton Haven a very pleasant location at which to find fossils.

Although fossils can be found at this location, it is the wildlife and geological features of the area that are the real treats. Fossil plant remains can be found in the cliffs and loose rocks.


This popular location among holiday makers has an expansive sandy beach with Cambrian shales outcropping on its north side. Few fossils are found but the beach is an excellent place to take the family.


Porthgain bay is eroded out of Ordovician shales, with the headlands on either side of it being composed of more resistant igneous rocks. Although huge dumps of the shale can be found on the cliff top, fossils are sparse.


Most of the rocks at Fishguard are unfossiliferious, but the Silurian and Ordovician rocks within precambrian volcanic rocks yield graptolites. These can be very hard to find. Trace fossils have also been recorded from this location.


A castle may not be the first place that you think of when looking for a fossils, but Pembroke Castle is built of local limestone, which over the centuries has been weathered to reveal its fossil contents.

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.


SW Wales

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


Cambrian / Pre Cambrian

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Broad Haven Holiday Park overlooks the broad sweep of St Brides Bay and nestles in the outskirts of Broad Haven, just 350 yards from the fine safe beach, the firm, golden sands being a paradise for children.

Broad Haven Holiday Park

Broad Haven,
West Wales, UK
SA62 3JD

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