Haslemere Natural History Society

Providing a focus for enthusiastic naturalists of all ages

Fossils at Bracklesham Bay

Date: 6 April 2024
Time: 13:45
Directions: GR: SZ80499636 PO20 8JH From A286 at Birdham roundabout by petrol station, turn L onto B2198 for Bracklesham Bay (Bell Lane becomes Bracklesham Lane). Continue to end of road, turn left for car park (cash or card) and toilets. Meet at slipway by “Billy’s on the Beach” café on seafront, next to car park.
Field Meeting

Leader: David Bone (Geologist and Chair: Sussex Geodiversity Partnership)

The date and time of 13.45 were chosen as having good probability for finding fossils in the clay sediments during a receding falling tide. 
David, a local expert geologist, gave a short talk to 21 people describing the site and showed examples of what might be found there.
Then everyone moved across the shingle bank and began searching in the newly exposed sandy mud.  Soon discovered were numerous conically-spiralled Turritella gastropod shells and many Nummulites plankton-like foraminifera which look like tiny coins.
Sometimes to be found are small, black Striatolamia shark’s teeth.  To his delight a member’s grandson found one and David dug up one with his long-armed small spade.

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