Category: Wales – North

North Wales is well known for its Carboniferous Limestone. These rocks contain corals, brachiopods and crinoids. Some of the most popular areas to collect are on Anglesey, where the best locations are at Caim and Great Ormes Head. The Carboniferous Limestone can be difficult to collect from as it is very hard, but coral pebbles can easily be collected at various locations. Some have Carboniferous shale from which you can easily pick up brachiopods. A mixture of coastal and inland sites is available, with many outcrops and scree slopes to collect from.

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Moel Findeg

Moel Findeg is a small but very prominent hill on the eastern edge of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Corals, brachiopods and crinoids can be found in spoil, which is regularly turned over, as it is used by a local farmer to repair their farm tracks. Access is fully permitted even though it is on private land. Carboniferous, Spoil Heap, Rating: ♦♦♦

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Burley Hill

There are three sites at Burley Hill, giving the opportunity to collect Carboniferous corals and brachiopods from a small cutting, scree slopes and the hillside. There is plenty to be found here and it makes for a fantastic day out. It is also within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Carboniferous, Cuttings and Scree, Rating: ♦♦♦

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Llangollen

Llangollen is Carboniferous Limestone scenery heaven. About a kilometre and a half north of the town, the Eglwyseg Escarpment presents some really fantastic views. What’s more, among the huge amount of scree that covers its scarp slope, fossil brachiopods and corals can be found. Carboniferous, Scree Slope, Rating: ♦♦♦