Category: Northumberland

Northumberland has locations with Carboniferous rocks, most of which yield brachiopods, crinoids, corals and plant remains. There is an excellent location for Carboniferous plant remains at Seaton Sluice. Beaches, such as Howick and Beadnell, also have excellent access and are suitable for children. There are plenty of fossils to collect here, with a mixture of limestone and shale along the coast.

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This secluded location offers a surprisingly varied selection of fossils over a little more than a kilometre of coastline. Trilobites, crinoid pieces, corals, brachiopods, plant fossils, trace fossils and more can be found here. Carboniferous, Cliffs and Foreshore, Rating: ♦♦♦♦

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Blocks of shale packed with Carboniferous brachiopods and more can be collected at Beadnell. The location is a great one to explore. It has excellent access and is also suitable for children.Carboniferous, Foreshore, Rating: ♦♦♦

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Seaton Sluice

Seaton Sluice at the north end of Whitley Bay is an excellent chance to collect fossils from the Carboniferous coal measures. Coal itself can be seen in the rocks which are also rich in plant remains, corals and bivalves. An easy location to access and fossils are common. Carboniferous, Cliffs and Foreshore, Rating: ♦♦♦♦