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Osmington Mills

The section of coast, east of Ringstead Bay, between Bran Point and Osmington Mills, is a small part of the 154km-long UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast. The dramatic cliffs here expose a superb succession of Corallian (Middle Jurassic) rocks, which reveal the entire sequence of the Osmington Oolite Formation and other beds, which are rich in fossils. The site, along with the rest of the Jurassic Coast, has Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status, so no hammering into the cliffs is allowed. However, fossils are found in broken rocks from rockfalls and along the rocky foreshore, which may be collected.Jurassic, Cliffs and Foreshore, Rating: ♦♦♦

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Bowleaze Cove

The Oxford Clay and the Corallian Beds at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth (Furzy Cliff) can yield bivalves and ammonites and in the past the clay was particularly rich in marine reptile remains. Giant fossil oyster shells are also plentiful. These locations are best after scouring tides and/or rain, so you will need wellington boots or good walking boots, as the terrain is tough at Redcliff Point. Jurassic, Cliffs and Foreshore, Rating: ♦♦♦