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Fossil Hunting in the East Riding

The East Riding of Yorkshire (formally known as Humberside), is home to the stretch of coastline known as Holderness. This is the fastest eroding cliff line in the UK. It is boulder clay, deposited during the last ice age and contains various Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks with associated fossils. You just never know what you might find! Mappleton is the most popular location along this stretch, but you can find fossils along the whole coastline. Further north, at Danes Dyke (Flamborough Head), the chalk is extremely rich in fossil sponges.

Whitehaven

Famous for its many species of sponges, Danes Dyke is a must go location for anyone into chalk fossils. This is the best location in the UK for sponges. Echinoid's, Bivalves, Brachiopods and Crinoids can all be found too.


Mappleton is one of the best locations along the Holderness coast to collect fossils. Being glacial tills, you never know what you might find. Ammonites, Belemnites, Echinoids, Corals and Mollusc's are the most common. Most of the erractics are Jurassic, Cretaceous and Carboniferious age.


Hornsea Hornsea is one of the best locations along the Holderness coast to collect fossils. Being glacial tills, you never know what you might find. Ammonites, Belemnites, Echinoids, Corals and Mollusc's are the most common. Most of the erractics are Jurassic, Cretaceous and Carboniferious age.


The beach at Bridlington is popular with tourists, and ideal for children. Towards Sewerby, the beach becomes increasingly rocky. Like Danes Dyke further up the coast, you can find excellent fossil sponges, but they are not so common, at this end.


For those staying at the popular “Sand La Mere” caravan site, this makes a first point of call. However, even if you are not staying, it is worth a visit. At low tide, the low foreshore is covered in rocks, of particular interest is a large number of carboniferous corals.


Easington is more famous for its major gas terminal, but it is also another location along the Holderness Coastline, constantly being eroded. The Boulder Clay yields rocks from various ages where you can find fossils. In particular, here it is more chalky than other locations along the coastline.


Ulrome is the nearest access to the beaches around Skipsea, another Boulder Clay location. Access is no longer possible at Skipsea, so all the fishermen come to Ulrome to catch there fish! The sea washes out fresh material daily with plenty of erratic rocks to look through along the beach.


Another location along the Holderness Coastline, constantly being eroded. The Boulder Clay yields rocks from various ages where you can find fossils. This site is not so fast eroding as others, but is still a location where fossils can be found.


Bessingby

This small disused quarry, was once a good location for ammonites, echinoids, belemnites, sponges and molluscs. Sadly today, the quarry is nearly all overgrown with just a small section of bedrock that is not covered up. Still worth a visit if in the area.



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

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