#photooftheday ~ Trimmingham, Beach, UK in December 2017

Information about fossils on Trimingham Beach via UK Fossils

The most common finds at Trimingham are small oysters, the occasional belemnite and brachiopods. What makes this site so interesting is this chalk would normally be deep below the surface and inaccessible. However glacial processes have tilted and folded the chalk. This has resulted in a small section of cliff and foreshore exposures if you are lucky.

The chalk cliffs are now protected from a sea defence as part of the general sea defence along this part of the coastline. Because of this, they can sometimes appear rather dirty, although heavy rain soon cleans the faces again.

Using a small knife, you can easily pick the fossils out of the chalk. The chalk, being the youngest, is extremely soft and is also ideal for searching for microfossils, since it breaks down exceptionally well in water.

Access Rights

This site is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). This means you can visit the site, but hammering the bedrock is not permitted. For full information about the reasons for the status of the site and restrictions, download the PDF from Natural England.

It is important to follow our ‘Code of Conduct’ when collecting fossils or visiting any site. Please also read our ‘Terms and Conditions

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