Moel Findeg is a small but very prominent hill on the eastern edge of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Corals, brachiopods and crinoids can be found in spoil which is regulary turned over as it is used by local farmers for farm tracks. Access is fully permitted.
♦ The fossil locality is on the eastern side of the mountain on private land just off the public footpath.
♦ Access is by the public footpath from the Maeshafn direction – either park in the village and walk along road or enough room to squeeze a couple of cars in layby SJ 2056 6079.
♦ Moel Findeg is a small but very prominent hill on the eastern edge of 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: 53.14027°N, 3.18396°W
FIND FREQUENCY: ♦♦♦ – Fossils are quite common from this location as the spoil heap is regulary used by farmers and so fresh spoil is often available.
CHILDREN: ♦♦ – Site is suitable for children and can be mixed with a walk round to the summit of Moel Findeg itself (great views of the Clwydian range, out over Cheshire Merseyside and the Dee Estuary). Take a picnic. The nearby pond good for washing fossils but be aware of its location if you have small children (also a small pond in the nature reserve).
ACCESS: ♦♦♦ – There is a walk to this location from the layby, 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: – The small site comprises of a low spoil heap believed to be from nearby mine workings. The land owner appears to use the spoil as a source of hardcore for potholed tracks, etc so parts occassionally get removed to reveal fresh spoil. Visiting during wet weather can help as the coral detail is highlighted in the darker rock.
Fossils are collected from the small spoil heap. Search the loose rocks for fossils. You can find fossils without any tools, just by searching in the spoil. There are plenty of fossils to be found here.
Corals are the mainstay of the site but brachiopods and crinoids can be found. Some of the larger blocks contain colonies of coral. Find frequency is high.
The underlying rock is carboniferous limestone formed under a warm shallow sea – circa 330MYA. River deltas also deposited the fine millstone grits which are now also a feature of the hill towards its summit escarpment. The potential quarrying of a large silca deposit on the western slopes led the The Friends of Moel Findeg to purchase and preserve the land in perpetuity as a local nature reserve.
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.
Search the loose rocks for fossils. You can find fossils without any tools, just by searching in the spoil. Remember to bring some bags and newspaper in which to wrap your finds.
The nature reserve is an open access area with areas of woodland and upland heath.