Dunwich

Below the Glacial Beds at Dunwich Cliffs begins the Norwich Crag. During Scouring Conditions, Mammal Remains can be found below beach level, bones can also be found after storms washed up. Dunwich hasn’t scoured for many years.

DIRECTIONS

♦ Dunwich beach is easily signposted and can be found without any difficulty in Dunwich itself.
♦ You can park on the large car park for free where there are toilets, a cafe, shop and restaurant.
♦ Ref: 52.27731°N, 1.62937°E

PROFILE INFO

FIND FREQUENCY: ♦ – Fossils from Dunwich are rare, this is because the beach is covered with a shingle bank, and the bone bed is very deep. During storms, occasional bones to turn up.
CHILDREN: ♦♦♦ – Although it is unlikely for fossils to be found, the beach itself is suitable for children.
ACCESS: ♦♦♦♦♦ – Easy parking, with a very short walk to the shore. The large car park contains toilets, cafe and restaurant. There is also a shop.
TYPE: – Fossils are found on the foreshore after storms.

FOSSIL HUNTING

Dunwich once a large city has experienced rapid erosion for many years, however during the last 15, this erosion has slowed right down and cliff falls are now quite rear. The reason is a large shingle bank which has formed along the Dunwich beach. However, you will find nothing in these cliffs, bones have been found when the beach is scoured out or washed up from the sea bed. Many have found a bones lying around the beach during winter storms, though these are quite rare. Like Covehithe, the bone bed is beneath the beach level. The only real chance of finding fossils is for the sea to once again clear away the shingle bank and wash new sections out, scouring deep into the bone bed.

GEOLOGY

Norwich Crag which is Pliocene.

SAFETY

Common sense when collecting at all locations should be taken and knowledge of tide times should always be noted. Please keep away from the cliff face.

EQUIPMENT

Fossils are rare from Dunwich, but any found are washed up on the foreshore. Therefore, no tool is needed at this site.

ACCESS RIGHTS

No restrictions at this site.
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