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Fossil Hunting in London

There are very few sites in London where you can collect fossils, this is obviously because it is an urbanised area. It is more likely that temporary sites become available for the building and construction. The Eocene London Clay can be found beneath the City of London, so when new major construction projects begin, they extract from this layer. Abbey Wood is just about the only static location, but of which you need to join on a public event. The Eocene beds at Abbey Wood are dug out during field trips, often held once a year. The beds are full of shark, birds and mammals.

Abbey Wood

Abbey Wood's highly Fossilferious Shell beds, ideal for wet sieving. Extremely rich in Sharks teeth, mammal and bird remains and shells. You will to join with an organised group to visit this location where water is provided on site.

 

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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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

Geology of London



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