Tag: Hampshire

The most popular location in Hampshire is Barton-on-Sea. The site is famous for sharks’ teeth, which are mostly found on the foreshore when the sea washes the clay. However, it is just as famous for the huge variety of molluscs, with outstanding preservation. Nearby, Taddiford Gap is also well known for sharks’ teeth, along with mammal and crocodile remains. These are found in a thin bed, samples of which can be taken home for wet sieving, especially for microfossils. Milford-on-Sea is famous for fossil seeds, and the cliffs at Lepe and Brownwich provide opportunities to find Pleistocene mammal remains.

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Latchmoor Brook

Latchmoor Brook is one of the only places where you can collect fossils in the New Forest. They come from the uppermost Bracklesham Group sediments and the lowermost Barton Clay. The stream and banks are very shallow, which makes collecting here far easier than other stream-based locations. Gastropods, bivalves and fish remains are all common here. Eocene, Stream, Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

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Brownwich Cliff

At Brownwich Cliff, fossiliferous septarian nodules of Bracklesham age are washed onto the shore from offshore deposits. The cliffs at both Brownwich Cliff and Chilling Cliff can occasionally yield fossil molluscs, but the best deposits are those from below beach level, which are full of brachiopods and other molluscs. Pleistocene remains can also be found washed from the gravel beds. Pleistocene, Eocene, Cliffs and Foreshore, Rating: ♦♦♦