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1. What is a Fossil
2. How Fossils Formed
3. Equipment Guide
. The geologists tool kit
5. Where to find Fossils

Advice & Tips

1. The Value of Books
2. Labeling and Coding
3. Photographing Fossils
4. Extract Microfossils from Flint
5. Extract Microfossils from Chalk
6. The Basics of Classification
7. Tips on preparing fossils
8. Polishing Fossils

Fossil Groups

1. Ostracods
2. Ammonites
3. Belemnites
4. Foraminifera
. Echinoids
6. Orthoceras


1. Caves-arches-stacks-stumps
2. Plate Tectonics & the rock cycle
3. Stratigraphy & Stratigraphic Nomenclature

Childrens Guides

1. How the Dinosaurs Died Out

A full list of palaeontological and geological terms in our helpful glossary. We have tried to make the definitions easy to understand. This resource has been compiled with the average fossil hunter in mind.
Updated: Oct 07

For more guides, see;
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Safety Guidelines


Must be suitable for the conditions. Water proofs, sensible footwear: wellingtons recommended for work in areas of wet sand, mud or clay; non-slip trainers for slippery rocks; walking boots for long distances.

Protective clothing:

Hard hats must be worn in quarries and near cliffs. Safety Spectacles must be worn when hammering.


Do not use a hammer if someone else is standing nearby. Do not hammer or collect samples under an overhang. Collect rocks in an ethical way, with considerations of the status of the site (SSSI or RIGS) and its use by others. Hammering and collecting are banned at some sites. Insurance: We advise you to take out your own accident insurance.

Specific risks:

Coastal exposures - fieldwork should always start on a falling tide, you should be aware of local conditions and ensure that there is adequate time to return safely before the next high tide. Quarries - Hard hats must be worn at all times within all working quarries. The owner may insist that people wear safety glasses, high visibility waistcoats or safety footwear - these instructions must be followed. Any instructions given by the site foreman must be followed. Be aware of areas in which diggers and lorries are working, areas of soft ground or lagoons, areas of loose or recently blasted rock, and times of rock blasting. Keep away from and not interfere with any machinery and vehicles in the quarry. There may be an age restriction, and/or limit to the number of people attending placed on visits to working quarries by the owner.

Fossil Collectors Code of Conduct
Please follow our national fossil collecting code
A UK Fossils & Discovering Fossils initiative (c) 2006

All recent fossil finds 'emailed to us' get
displayed under our 'recent finds' page.


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