The Coralline Crag at Broom Pit, is extremely fossiliferious. It is rich in a wide variety of molluscs and bryozoans. You will be sure to come home with plenty of finds. The shells are in excellent condition and some are very large. A site definitely worth visiting.
♦ Broom Pit is near Orford. You can find it to the West of the village in the woods known as ‘The Broom’.
♦ From Orford, if you drive South-West, out of the village and take the narrow road North West when you get to Richmond Farm.
♦ The narrow road will take you to the edge of the woods, where there is plenty of parking. You will see a small trackway through the woods.
♦ This site is situated on PRIVATE land, and you must seek permission to visit, or join on an organised groups.
♦ Ref: 52.09568°N, 1.51169°E
FIND FREQUENCY: ♦♦♦♦♦ – Broom Pit, is highly fossiliferous, and you will be sure to find plenty of excellent fossils of molluscs and bryozoans.
CHILDREN: ♦♦ – Quarries and pits either working or disused are no places for children as they present many dangers.
ACCESS: ♦♦♦ – Broom Pit is easy to find, and has recently been cleared so the faces are nice and clean. There is a short walk from the parking area of a quarter of a mile.
TYPE: – Fossils are found in the cliff face which is constantly being eroded by wind and rain and in the pit floor.
Broom Pit is rich in mollusc’s and bryozoans. There are a vast number of different species to be found and they are all in excellent condition. We recommend that you bring plenty of paper to wrap the fossils in, and a field box to keep the specimens safe.
The best fossils are found by digging into the quarry floor, all of the specimens shown on this website were collected that way. Collecting can be made in the cliff face, but digging in the face is both not permitted and too dangerous.
The pit at Broom Pit is of Pliocene age being the lower levels of the Coralline Crag. This crag is made of carbonate-rich skeletal sands. The acid-insoluble sand fraction is moderately- to poorly-sorted medium-grained sand. It has a low mud content and the basal lag gravel is rich in pebbles of phosphatic mudstone largely derived from the Thames Group.
The cliff face at Broom Pit, is very high and overhangs in places. Please keep away from the areas which overhang and be cautious at all times when collecting here. We recommend that you collect from the pit floor.
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. A spade will also come in useful for digging the floor of the put, where the best fossil shells are found.
This site is an SSSI, whilst you are free to visit and collect, digging is not permitted in the cliff face. This site is situated on PRIVATE land, and you must seek permission to visit, or join on an organised groups.
It is important to follow our ‘Code of Conduct’ when collecting fossils or visiting any site. Please also read our ‘Terms and Conditions‘