Whitesands Bay

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This popular location among holiday makers has an expansive sandy beach with Cambrian shales outcropping on its north side. Few fossils are found but the beach is an excellent place to take the family.


♦ Whitesands Bay is easy to find and is reached by the B4583 from St. David’s
♦ There is a large pay and display car park adjacent to the beach and on very busy days an overflow car park is opened about half a mile away.
♦ From the car park access the beach and walk left. You will soon come across outcrops of Cambrian shale. From here to the hillock is the fossil hunting area.♦ Ref: 51.89651°N, 5.29642°W


FIND FREQUENCY: ♦ – In an hour of searching expect to find only one or two fossils.
CHILDREN: ♦♦♦♦♦ – An excellent location for families. The beach has EEC Standard Blue Flag cleanliness status and is patrolled by lifeguards. There is a car park right next to the beach which offers easy access. On-site facilities are provided.
ACCESS: ♦♦♦♦ – A car park is located immediately adjacent to the beach. From here there is an easy walk of about a hundred meters to reach the fossil hunting area.
TYPE: – The low cliffs at this location are composed of near perpendicular Cambrian shale strata. Glacial till can be seen resting on their tops.


Brachiopods of the species Lingulella davisi are occasionally found in loose shale blocks. Look out for dark patches in the rocks – this fossil tends to be preserved in a black colour. Fossils are few and far between. If you find a couple of specimens you have done well! Look over all of the loose shale blocks between the car park and the small hillock.

Fossiliferous rocks seem to be more abundant along the southern part of this section, but nowhere are they found in any abundance.

If a piece of fossiliferous rock is found it is worth breaking it open to see whether there are any more fossils within.

Brachiopod - Lingulella davisi 2


This site is Cambrian in age – Upper Cambrian – Lingula flags.

Finely bedded shales


This is a largely safe location. Common sense should suffice here.


Most fossils are found in the rock outcrops along the beach, but you will need a hammer to split these.


This site is an SSSI. This Special Site of Scientific Interest, means you can visit the site, but hammering the bedrock is not permitted.

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