THE SITE IS CREATED BY NIGEL CLARKE
" ALL THE MISTAKES ARE BY SOME ONE ELSE"
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PRIVATE FOSSIL HUNTING WALKS
£85 for any groups of up to 10 people.
Walks last two hours,but I can do a shorter walk if required.
I regularly take out large groups. I give a talk about the local geology, the rocks and the minerals and provide a fossil identification chart and a small booklet about Mary Anning.
I do have a full risk assement statement available if required
(Teachers and adult helpers are not charged if in a supervising position)
CHARMOUTH & LYME REGIS
CHARMOUTH FOSSIL HUNTING WALKS
Charmouth nestles between the towering cliffs of Black Ven and Stonebarrow and has great accessto the beach. Lots of car parks and two cafes. The walk from Charmouth lasts about 2 hours and I begin with a talk about the fossils and show examples of those that can be found locally on the beach.
The opening talk about the fossils lasts about 20 minutes.
(If you all start to look bored I can speed this up)
We then go onto the beach to start looking for fossils and what you find you can keep. The walk is not difficult and is ideal for small children but please have good footware, no flipflops. When I have finished you can stay on searching for fossils or you can walk to Lyme Regis and get the bus back to Charmouth.
The fossil hunt takes about two hours.(Private Fossil Hunt is £80 and includes a complimentary fossil indentification chart)
"If you fail to find a fossil on the walk then I will give you one"!
The walks in Charmouth start from the wooden pedestrian bridge that can be found at the bottom of the first large car park on the left as you drive down to the shore.
I meet at the large old sea anchor monument at the bottom of the town next to the town clock and Rock Point Inn.
If you would like to start from a Cafe or restaurant please let me know.
We meet in a cafe for coffee and I give you a talk about the Jurassic Coast at the cafe and out of the weather and then off to the beach.
There are two walks that I can take you on from Lyme Regis
Walk 1."A Guided Fossil Hunt & Walk to Black Ven"
To the east of Lyme Regis are the dark cliffs of Black Ven. The shoreline is a great place for finding ammonites, belemnites and seaglass. You can safely walk from here to Charmouth and catch the bus back to Lyme Regis.
Walk 2."A Guided Fossil Hunt & Walk To The Ammonite GraveYard"
A private guided fossil hunt and walk to the Ammonite Graveyard from the Cobb Lyme Regis. I can arrange for the walk to start at the famous "By The Bay Restaurant." We meet here for a talk about the fossils and the Jurassic coast, and then it a walk to the ammonite graveyard and to follow and some fossils. The walk is subject to the tides.
From the restaurant it is about a thirty minute amble to visit the "Ammonite Graveyard" and on route I will demonstate the Cobb's famous "Whispering Wall"!
The fossil hunt is ideal for all ages and hopefully you will find some fossils.
The cost of the private fossil hunt is £80 for the group
You will need good footware and (hopefully not) a rain coat.
The Guide-Nigel J.Clarke
Nigel Clarke is an established and award winning local author who regularly contributes to magazines and journals. He is the author of the best selling fossil guide to the area.
He has appeared on both the BBC and local radio and had numerous articles published about the Jurassic Coast and regularly gives talks to clubs and associations.
In recent years he has been able to hide four people in his left ear!
"Lyme Bay Fossils:A Beach Guide"
Available through this web site.
£4.00 inclusive of postage
"Mary Anning 1799-1847:A life on the rocks"
A biography about the life of Mary Anning. This is a factual account of her life and includes a section about her most famous find of an ichthyosaur.
£3.50 inclusive of postage
(Also available via Amazon as a digital title)
January 2017.Fossil Hunter's Diary.
Thank you to all that came out on my fossil walks in 2016. It has been a busy year and I now have the help of another local fossil guide Jim Thomas.Jim was an award winning local geology and geography teacher and has a great knowledge of the Jurassic coast.
I have been doing a few fossil walks this month but the weather has often been damp wet and foggy but there has been little rough seas.
Last weekend I met a pair of Manchester based fossil hunters trying to extract a large ammonite from a solil block of limestone rock on the beach to the west of Lyme Regis.They had been there for over six hours with a small hammer and chisel. It was getting dark and even when they had managed to cut the ammonite from the rock they then faced the problem of carrying a 90 lb block of limestone along a slippery rock strewn beach a mile to the car park.....now that's determination.
If you are thinking of booking a fossil hunting walk then do book early as the peak periods do tend to go quickly. I have a list of recommended places to stay on the site.
I do have a range of local Jurassic ammonites for sale. Please let me know if you are interested and I can send picture via an email of what is available.
Richard Attenborough was filming in Lyme Regis this month. The film crew had hired a local boat to take them out for some scenic coastal shots. An ichthyosaur was found in the cliffs to the west of Lyme Regis, by the local collector Chris Moore (Forge Fossils of Charmouth). The fossil was extracted from the cliffs in setions of large limestone slabs and was transported back to the harbour. The fossil now undergoing work at Chris Moore's workshop in Charmouth. I hope to put some pictures on the site of this new find soon. Lyme Regis Museum is closed for building works and will remain shut till spring. A new display gallery is being built which will allow an increased area for the display of locally found fossils.
Nigel J Clarke
Jurrasic Coast Fossil £2.99 includes postage
I have launched a new booklet “Jurassic Coast Fossils.” This booklet has taken three months to write and edit and covers all aspects of fossil hunting on the Jurassic coast. I have a section about Mary Anning and another with regards the strange industrial process of manufacturing alum. This involves large amouts of jurassic shale and copious quantities of human urine. How anyone invented this process is beyond my imagination. There is also an article about the Jurassic fossil collection on display at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff and lots of information about finding and collecting fossils.
I have a number of open public fossil hunts on during the school holidays in summer. The details and dates are shown on this web site.
Due to the popularity of the walks I have started to use the services of another other guide
Jim Thomas a retired and very knowledgeable geology and geography teacher. Jim is also former member of Lyme Regis Lifeboat and is a local Coastguard.
Jim is an excellent guide with an indepth knowledge of the coast and years of experience and will make your fossil hunt a rewarding experience.
Nigel J Clarke
Stone Balancing: Black Ven, Charmouth.
East Beach Charmouth. The New Year Rock Fall.
THE LYME REGIS FOSSIL FESTIVAL 2016
28th April to Sunday 1st May 2016
Paul Crossley with his collections of fossils for sale
at Lyme REgis Fossil Festival
SEARCHING FOR SEA GLASS
The best place to search for sea glass is the East Beach at Lyme Regis. Above this beach was once the rubbish tip for Lyme Regis. The shingle has lots of sea rolled glass. All sorts of bits emerge from this old tip and last year I had a group who found 38 francs and 200 lira but alas no gold coins.
I have always been puzzled that I can find all colours of sea glass on the beach with one exception red seaglass. I recently found out that to make red glass you have to add gold to the molten mixture which makes it a prohibitively expensive glass to make. The only people who use large quantaties of red glass are Ventian glass blowers and there are not many of them on the Jurassic Coast. A friend of mine who makes seaglass jewellery has taken to seeding the beach with glass marbles to increase the supply. I will now startlooking for glass marbles.
While researching the biography on Mary Anning I discovered that the verse:
"She sells sea shells on the sea shore"
The tongue twister was written about Dorset's first lady of fossils.
Mary must have been an interesting woman. Largely self educate, left school at the age of 11 and became the world's most famous fossil hunter. She was besoted about her dog called "Tray" which died in a rockfall on the cliffs.
The tongue twister written about her is below:
"She sells sea shells on the seashore
The shells she sells are sea shells, I'm sure.
So if she sells sea shells on the sea shore
Then I'm sure she sells sea shore shells."
MY POETRY & FOSSIL JOKE COMPETITION
I have decided to instigate a competition .
I would like any one out there to write a limerick starting with line:
"There was once called a dog called Tray.........
or send me a Dinosaur or Fossil Joke
The best entry (which makes me laugh)I will be put on the site and you will win a signed copy of: "Mary Anning 1799-1847:A life on the rocks"
Ode to Tray
There once was a dog called Tray
Who was walking the cliffs one day.
While digging a bone
A mud fall washed him away!
At last a winning entry by
There once was a dog called Tray
Who with fossils wanted to play
He dug and he dug
But just found a bug
Who bit him and then ran away!
She sells sea shells
On the sea shore
She sells sea shells for lots of cash
Which is why she is not poor!
What do you call a Dinosaur with glasses?
What do you call a Dinosaur with a hearing problem?
How Many Dinosaurs does it take to change a light bulb?
The Chesil Beach Watch
If you would like to see a daily picture of the weather and sea on the Chesil Beach then have a look at this site.