HOME Fossil Locations Kimmeridge bay, Great Britain
Facebook Fossiel.net In English In het Nederlands


Contribute knowledge and information to Fossiel.net!
How can I help?

Most Popular Fossil Locations

Fossil from Fossil ID system


  Kimmeridge bay
  Great Britain

december 2016
Last Modified:
december 2016

>> View All Locations

Location description

The type locality of the Kimmeridge clay (JurassicKimmeridgian) in the Kimmeridge bay. The fossils that can be found here range from ammonites to bivalves, but also vertebrate remains can be found (fish, plesiosaur, ichtyosaur, pterosaur, ...). The pitch black stones can even be set to fire in some cases due to the high organic content. Not surprisingly, it is one of the richerst source rocks for oil and gas in the North Sea.

The site is an SSSI and protected accordingly. No hammering in the bedrock is allowed, but loose fossils that eroded naturally can be collected. The cliffs can be very unstable and the tides are treacherous. Wear a helmet at all times and stay away from the cliffside during heavy rain. Consult tide tables before heading out.

Do you have (more) photographs of this location? Please send your photographs using the Fossil Location Photo form!


From Kimmeridge to the south west (coast). Park the car close to the coast. Go to the beach and follow the shoreline east. Fossils can be found in the rubble under the cliffs. 

Drag the map and zoom in or out for the best view of this locality.


Ammonites, bivalves, crinoids, fish, reptiles, ...

Literature recommended by members

No literature was added for this location.

Do you have (more) literature suggestions for this location? Please send your suggestion using the Literature form!

Other locations in the area

Fossil location: Dorset (Durlston Bay)
Fossil location: Dorset (Lulworth Cove)
Fossil location: Dorset (Osmington Mills)
Fossil location: Dorset (Ringstead / White Nothe)
Fossil location: Dorset (Swanage)
Fossil location: Dorset (Wyke Regis)
Fossil location: Hampshire (Barton-on-Sea)


Thanks to Pim van Delft

Everybody using the fossil collecting location descriptions from this site has to respect the Collecting Code!
Search the Forum to find recent messages about this location.
Do you have additional info or corrections? REPORT