The type locality of the Kimmeridge clay (Jurassic, Kimmeridgian) 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.
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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.
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Ammonites, bivalves, crinoids, fish, reptiles, ...
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Thanks to Pim van Delft
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