There are three sites at Burley Hill, giving opportunity to collect carboniferous corals and brachiopods from a small cutting, scree slopes and hillside. There is plenty to be found here, and it makes a fantastic day out. It is within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
♦ The fossil locality is on the hillside above the eastern edge of Burley Hill Quarry just off the public footpath.
♦ Access is by the public footpath from the Maeshafn direction (park in the village) or via the public footpath/s from the quarry access road (car parking SJ 2055 5941) – shortest.
♦ Burley Hill is a semi-active limestone quarry within the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (A.O.N.B.).
♦ The site can be combined with other sites and attractions in the area for a whole day excursion.
♦ Ref: 53.12913°N, 3.19225°W
FIND FREQUENCY: ♦♦♦ – Fossils are quite common from this location and the three sites give plenty of location for collecting here.
CHILDREN: ♦♦♦ – Site is suitable for children but keep a eye on them anywhere near the quarry workings (good fence by the site but lower down access can be gained via the public footpath).
ACCESS: ♦♦♦ – There is a walk to the sites within the location, but its not too far and access is good. This location can be difficult to locate, so we recommend maps or GPS. Recommended is the Miner Arms in Maeshafn village for light refreshments, real ales and food.
TYPE: – There are three sites within this location where you can find fossil. The first is a small cutting by the footpath, the second is a scattered scree slope and the third is the hillside above these.
The site comprises of several different areas with various fossils also being found on the quarry access road and in the various limestone walls and scattered blocks in the general area. Of note: Site A is a small cutting by the footpath. Site B is a scattered scree slope. Site C is hillside above these. Locations are detailed in the ‘where is it?’ page found under the location summary section.
Corals, brachiopods and crinoids can be found. Weathering of the limestone can reveal exceptional detail of corals in particular. Find frequency is high though quality of specimens is not so good.
The carboniferous limestone has been quarried for many years for crushed rock aggregate. This formed under a warm shallow sea – circa 330MYA.
This site is generally safe, but please follow the countryside rules. Take litter home with you, and stick to the public footpaths. If using hammers, please ensure you wear goggles. Keep away from the quarry.
A map, a number of bags and newspaper in which to wrap your finds is all that is really needed at this location. A hammer may come in handy for breaking up larger blocks.
The nature reserve is an open access area with areas of woodland and upland heath. The sites are along public footpaths.