This has been an amazing summer, and I think records must have been broken for people visiting the Jurassic Coast. Television coverage such as David Attenborough’s Sea Monster, the recent Beachwatch Live and lots of slots on other shows have given it more & more attention, and I’ve definitely seen far more European number-plates this year.
With many people still being drawn by the fossils, I thought I’d share this clever infographic I was sent; outlining what to find & where, it is a handy guide, and beautifully and easily presented.
If you are considering a first visit, or a return trip, there are hundreds of beautiful holiday cottages in the area, as well as glamping, camping, pods, lodges, shepherds huts and every kind of AirBnB imaginable! A good place to find a selection is the Jurassic Coast Card’s website, as there is a full spectrum, and you could also try our local holiday cottage specialists Lyme Bay Holidays, especially as they have a sale with 30% off in September & October!
For first-time fossil hunters, it’s definitely worth an organised trip, either through a public walk such as the excellent ones at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, or a private one such as Jurassic Coast Guides, who will tailor a tour exactly to you & your party’s requirements. Once you get your eye in, you will see fossils everywhere! Places such as the Heritage Coast Centre will identify anything you find, too, and if it’s a real beauty, can link you up with someone who could polish & clean it for you. Many of the beaches, including Kimmeridge and Beer, have Fine Foundation centres offering advice, activities and information, and they are excellent places to learn about the history and geology of the region.
The reason our coast is so good for fossiling is the constant erosion and landslips – this also comes with certain simple but vital safety measures, so please see the fossil code before you go.
Have fun, and if you get any good ones, please tag us on social media so that we can see! And for Twitterers, check out #FossilFriday for incredible fossils from around the world.