Fossil hunting with kids

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  • Premier Icon molgrips
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    Isle of Wight or Lyme Regis?

    My daughter would clearly love to find dinosaur bones but how likely is that really on the IoW ?

    bubs
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    My kids love doing it on the IOW. We regularly fine petrified wood that looks really cool, ammonites and molluscs, corals and urchins. Dinosaur footprints on the beach are hard to beat too. Dinosaur bones less common but should be discoverable with luck and patience.

    Premier Icon Ambrose
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    Trilobites in Llandeilo.

    Torminalis
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    Kimmeridge after a decent storm.

    If you go to the Purbecks and don’t have any luck you can always visit fossil forest https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil_Forest,_Dorset
    On you way home (check the ranges are open first)

    cbike
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    The beach at Loch Aline West coast of Scotland. Guaranteed devil’s toenails everywhere!

    Youre southwales arent you? Pembroke slates. Got a few good trilobite’s there or watchett area on somerset coast for ammonites and cone shells

    gwaelod
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    you can find ammonites at Dunraven Bay (Southerndown) Wander along east of the carpark and have a careful look in the grey slabs of rock (limestone) on the beach. Plenty there when you get your eye in. Stay away from rock faces themselves as they regularly drop stuff.

    ctk
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    Loads of fossils on Glamorgan coast and a whole dinosaur skeleton found on a beach near penarth recently. Also dinosaur footprints on same beach .

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    The point is to go for a holiday though, so somewhere other than where I live 🙂

    Premier Icon Yak
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    Isle of Wight after a big storm would be best. Then reward yourself with a pub tea at the Buddle Inn at Niton.

    Solo
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    molgrips – Member
    The point is to go for a holiday though, so somewhere other than where I live

    If you’re still travelling to the US semi regularly, couldn’t there be an opportunity to view/find fossils there? 

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Yes, but I’ve got a week booked off around easter and we are planning to go away in the caravan. Gordon Bennet you lot.

    Andy_Sweet
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    Found some on first attempt at Seatown (not Seaton) in Dorset which is about half way between OP suggestions….

    km79
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    Buy some on ebay before you go and then plant them somewhere once you get there for her to find.

    That way you can go wherever you like and don’t need to worry about where might be good! 😀

    CountZero
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    The whole Jurassic Coast is worth checking out, working east from Charmouth, but be very careful and don’t get too close to the cliffs, they’re very unstable and constantly falling. Get some geologists hammers from eBay or Amazon, and do a lot of pebble and rock bashing; the grey shale-like material often shows ammonites inside when you split them.
    Last time I was down there I got talking to a bloke who’d spent a fruitless couple of hours looking; I picked up several flat pieces that were by his side and bashed the edges with a pebble, most had ammonites inside! He was practically speechless.
    Just had a shufti on the webz and you can get 100gm children’s geologist hammers made by CK Tools for around a tenner on fleabay.

    bubs
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    Caravan here: http://www.bankendfarm.co.uk/camping.html

    Beach at bottom of their land feels private and is good for fossils. Beach along military road for near certain fossil success.

    Tea and cake at Botanic Gardens (adjoining their land).

    Blackgang Chine for bizarre family fun but good with “moving” dinosaurs. Finish off with tobogganing at Robin Hill after a coastal pub lunch – sorted.

    shuhockey
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    Filey bay towards the Brigg.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Blackgang Chine

    😯 I thought that got wiped out years ago. Remembering going there as a kid when staying at my Aunty’s home near Lymington.

    bubs
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    The landslide is one of the “attractions”. 🙂

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