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Fossil Hunting in Lancashire

There are a few sites in Lancashire where you can collect Carboniferous plant remains. These are either disused quarries or spoil heaps. Lancashire was once a popular coal mining location. Insects can also be found at these sites as well as trace fossils, fish remains and brachiopods. These are all inland locations.


Newhey Quarry is full of Calamities (fossil roots), brachiopods, and if your very lucky insects or fish remains. One of the most interesting finds at this site, is the superb trace fossils, including ripple marks, worm burrows, and 'fish marks'.


Besom Hill at first sight can seem fairly poor for fossils, but if you can find the thin 'Marine Bed', you will be sure you change your mind! This Marine Band is Highly Fossiliferious and Fish Teeth, Scales, Fin Spines and other remains, Goniatites, Bivalves are rich within that layer.

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.

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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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