Rich Inland Red Crag Pit, a vast variety of shells along with Sharks Teeth and Rays. An excellent location for any keen crag collector.
♦ If coming from Ipswich, drive past the two shell garages which are situated on either side of the A12 and keep going past Farlingaye High School which will be on your right, you will come to a roundabout.
♦ Take the second exit towards Melton A1152. Keep going, through a set of traffic lights, over the railway crossing, passed the Wildfred Bridge pub, which will be on your left, keep going until you reach another roundabout. Take the second exit and stay on this road until you come to a crossroad. It should be signposted Alderton.
♦ Take the right turn until you come to the village of Alderton. You will come across the village stores, take a left turn which should be Hollesley Road. Then take the next right in to Buckanay Lane. Keep going until you reach a farm. This is your final destination.
♦ Ref: 52.02853°N, 1.43554°E
FIND FREQUENCY: ♦♦♦♦♦ – Fossils from Alderton are common, the shell beds are packed with many different species. However other fossils are rare such as sharks teeth etc.
CHILDREN: ♦ – This location is not suitable for children since you need to be close to the base of the cliff face.
ACCESS: ♦♦ – Can be difficult to those who don’t know the local area. Use the map provided for easy access.
TYPE: – Fossils are found from the shell beds exposed in this pit.
This is mainly a shell collecting location but sharks teeth, trace fossils and other fish bones can be found. If you wish to collect shells, then there are plenty of different species, but if you have come to collect small bones then the chance of finding is quite low. The lowest beds contain the common shells Aloidis, Glycimeris and Venerupis and the upper beds contain shells of Mya and Cerastoderma. If possible wet sieving is recommended, it is best to take numerous samples from the different layers home in either large bags or large containers, these can then be sieved at ones one time and the shelly left overs always look good on the garden!
The Red Crag at Alderton is well exposed. Sadly many pits are now overgrown or have been filled in, but crag enthusiasts have kept this one clean through regular visits.
Common sense when collecting at all locations should be taken. Care should be taken when collecting from at the base of the cliff face.
A trowel or knife should be used for removing the shells from the shell beds. Fossil shells are fragile, so paper, and specimen boxes should also be taken.
This site is an SSSI. This means you can visit the site, but hammering the bedrock is not permitted. For full information about the reasons for the status of the site and restrictions please download the PDF from Natural England – SSSI Information – Alderton