Neutral Farm Pit is a classic Red Crag geological site. It is easy to access. The face is showing some signs of being overgrown, but there is still a good area to collect shells from. Neutral Farm Pit is in the village of Butley.
♦ Neutral Farm is to the East of Butley, there is a public footpath at the farm which takes you to the pit.
♦ The pit is in hidden in the trees, and is a little overgrown, you may have to make a clearing through the undergrowth to get to the cliff face.
♦ This site is situated on PRIVATE land, and you must seek permission to visit, or join on an organised groups.
♦ Quarries and pits either working or disused are no places for children as they present many dangers.
♦ Ref: 52.10689°N, 1.46100°E
FIND FREQUENCY: ♦♦♦ – You will certainly find a wide range of Red Crag shells at this site, and you are sure to come away with a nice collection. Bone fragments are however not so common from this site. You can find small shark teeth which do turn up from time to time.
CHILDREN: ♦♦ – Quarries and pits either working or disused are no places for children as they present many dangers.
ACCESS: ♦♦♦ – Neutral Farm is easy to find, but may be overgrown. It is along a public footpath, so access is fully permitted.
TYPE: – Fossils are found either within the cliff face, or on the scree slopes. Fossils are easier to see in the face.
Neutral Farm is rich in Red Crag shells, the most common finds are bivalves, gastropods and shark teeth. Shells are best collected from the cliff face, or from the scree slopes at the base. Be sure to take some paper to wrap your finds and containers to put them in.
The pit at Neutral Farm is of Pliocene age being the Red Crag. This crag is coarse-grained, poorly sorted with cross-bedded abundantly shelly sand. Cross bedding can be seen clearly in the cliff face.
Although there are no major safety issues at this site, but please follow the country code. Please use common sense at all locations.
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 situated on PRIVATE land, and you must seek permission to visit, or join on an organised groups.
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 – Neutral Farm Pit