We Are Going on a Fossil Hunt

While everybody else has been ringing in the New we have been popping back in time by taking a look at the Old on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.  It is a great twist on a beach scavenge and we hoped that the recent storms may have thrown up and exposed some new fossils.

 

Kimmeridge Bay

We have visited Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset several times before.  It’s a stunning spot, formed of a semi-circular bay, stony beach, with some beautiful stone ledges perfect for a spot of crabbing.  The Dorset Wildlife Trust has a centre there containing all weird and beautiful objects that can be gathered from the sea.

kimmeridge bay

Our first visit to the bay had been a day in the Easter holidays and the beach was literally strewn with small pieces of fossilised rock.  Since then we have visited in the summer months and found very little.  It possible that the large number of summer visitors also looking for fossils means that the competition is just too great.  So we were hopeful that a winter’s day would not disappoint.

This time we picked a sunny day and there were a few people on the beach, but not too many.  We were deterred from going too close to the cliffs by the large number of flies that also seemed to have arrived to enjoy the sunshine.  It was probably just as well as I am sure the sodden cliffs were none too safe.

The configuration of the bay means that it is a very sheltered spot.  It was very nearly warm enough for a picnic.  The tide was quite high and the stones likely to contain fossils were just on the edge of the water.  So we jumped from rock to rock, searched, scrambled and turned over as many stones as possible.

 

fossil hunting

fossil shell

My favourite fossil – a perfect shape.

fossil crab claw

My son’s favourite fossil as it was the shape of a crab claw

 

Our coastal day was then topped off with a 5 mile walk in the army range (they were not active that day) along a ridge with the most beautiful stunningly views.  The day trip had been simple perfection.  It was fantastic to get a real dose of Vitamin ‘N’ over the Christmas and New Year Break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Responses to We Are Going on a Fossil Hunt

  1. Bonnie a.k.a. LadyBlogger January 4, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    I love this post! It sounds like a perfect day and way to spend the day!

    • Lynda January 5, 2014 at 11:34 am #

      Thanks for the comments. I’m hoping we are going to get lots of days like these in 2014

  2. Coombe Mill - Fiona January 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    Time on the beach is a great way to spend the day, and with the added bonus of fossil hunting – how exciting. No wonder you went for a lovely walk in that sunshine, it must have been very picturesque. Happy New Year and thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Lynda January 5, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Happy New year to you as well. Hope #Countrykids goes from strength to strength this year

  3. wild women wear January 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    Looks like a great day out. Fossil hunting is one of our favorite things to do. It looks like a brilliant place to visit.

    • Lynda January 5, 2014 at 11:37 am #

      I think you are right fossil hunting has got to be near the top of the list. Free and outdoors what could be better

  4. Christine January 4, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    That sounds like a fantastic day – I’ve been meaning to go to Kimmeridge Bay for a while but had assumed I should wait until the summer. Sounds like now (when it stops raining!) is a better time of year.

    • Lynda January 5, 2014 at 11:38 am #

      Can’t reoommend Kimmeridge more highly – I would visit before the crowds get there.

  5. Jess January 4, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    Fabulous photos!!!! #countrykids

    • Lynda January 5, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Thank you – Happy New Year

  6. Kriss MacDonald January 5, 2014 at 4:52 am #

    What a brilliant outing for kids! Fossil hunting goes on my list of things to do when we move back to UK.
    #countrykids

    • Lynda January 5, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      Yes yes to fossil hunting

  7. Kierna January 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    Love your photos, they are so clear & it looks like an amazing way to spend a day in Winter. Thanks for linking up, have shared on FB & Twitter.

  8. Jen January 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Wow! Those fossils are so clear and beautiful. My kids would love searching for fossils there. Thanks for linking up to the Outdoor Play Party.

  9. MsXpat January 30, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    This looks like fun! Never done it before will be lovely to do when our kids get older.

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