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The beaches at Cadzand-bad, Nieuwvliet-Bad (Verdronken Zwarte Polder) and Groede are very well accessible fossil collecting sites. Also a great place for children to look for fossils. The fossils come from eroding layers underwater. There exist several books with descriptions of what can be found. You can buy these at tourist shops in Cadzand-Bad.
You can also collect fossils on the sandbanks in the middle of the Westerschelde. You can go there from the Breskens harbour in summer by a small boat called 'De Festijn'. See website for more information. On the sandbanks you can find the same fossils as at the beach, but there is less competition.
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Sculpture of a shark tooth in Cadzand-bad.
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Cadzand is located in the province of Zeeland in the south west of The Netherlands, at the Belgian border. You can reach the area from Belgium or by using the toll road under the Westerschelde from Flushing to Terneuzen. The fossils are mainly found between Belgian city of Knokke, and the 'Zwarte Polder' area in Nieuwvliet-bad. The best place is at the Zwarte Polder. In direction of Cadzand the beach contains no sharkteeth because of a recent sandsuppletion. Nonetheless, between Cadzand-Bad and the Zwin area, Eocene fossils are still relatively common. The most common fossil here is Venericor planicosta Lamarck, 1801. See also the description of Knokke in Belgium, on the other side of the Zwin area.
Most people are looking for fossils on the beach, but others are digging holes and sieve the material.
A good spot to dig a hole and sieve the sands is at Groede. From Cadzand and Nieuwvliet go along camping Groede. At the end go left and park along the road. Use the first path to the beach.Drag the map and zoom in or out for the best view of this locality.
Bivalves, shark teeth and ray teeth are the most common fossils here. You can also find mammal bones from the Pleistocene and fish teeth. The fossils come mainly from the Miocene, Pliocene until the Pleistocene (part of the Tertiary period). Hollow bird bones are found, but not common.
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