The disused part of Wangford Quarry has very thick Norwich Crag Shell Beds, these run for several meters packed with a vast number of various mollusc species and small mammal remains. Below this Larger mammal bones have been found.
♦ From the A12 take the main Southwold road through the village. When you reach a sharp bend where two other roads also split, take the road which is directly in front of you. This is a narrow road. Follow it all the way down and around until you reach the quarry.
♦ Ref: 52.34347°N, 1.61620°E
FIND FREQUENCY: ♦♦♦ – Wangford Quarry Shell Bed is rich in finds. However the best way to find small mammals and particular molluscs is to take back samples for sieving.
CHILDREN: ♦ – Quarries are not suitable for children.
ACCESS: ♦♦♦♦ – Wangford and Wangford quarry is easy to find. The exposures are also close to the roadside.
TYPE: – This is a working quarry location, although the actual Norwich Crag beds are now in the disused part of the quarry. Standard quarry safety wear required.
Within the shell bed itself, there is a vast number of various molluscs which can be found. Small mammals such as screw and vole can also be found in the shell bed, bird and fish remains and the occasional larger mammal tooth such as a deer molar. Below the shell bed which is now covered up by crag was once rich mammal yielding beds. Mammoth bones, deer, horse and whale where found when the quarry was once excavating this end. The area you need to look is the North end of the quarry which is now disused. There is a large pool of water in the middle with cliffs of shell beds around the outside. Search in the weathered cliff face by scanning across each layer with your eyes, this often yields mammal remains that have been exposed by the wind and rain or any particular mollusc you are after, then take back samples and sieves at home. You are by far more likely to find fossils by sieving.
The new working part of Wangford Quarry is of the Westleton Beds. The fossils come from the old disused part of the Quarry, the Norwich Crag.
Please stay away from the new ‘working’ part of the quarry. You will not find any fossils here. Hard Hats and High Vis Jackets essential.
The old disused part of the quarry where the Norwich Crag can be seen contains a very deep pool of water, please keep away from the edges.
Most of the fossils from Wangford Quarry are found by carefully scanning the shell beds or by taking back samples and sieving at home.
Access can be made by calling
RMC Aggregates – Eastern Counties
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