Something for the Weekend – Fossil Hunting


Welcome back to Something for the Weekend! If you are new here have a little look at this introduction which tells you what it’s all about! At the bottom of the page is the linky to posts sharing ideas for Family Fun at the weekend!

This weekend is a busy one for us socially and we only have Sunday free to get out and about so I’m hoping for clement spring weather. If it is dry, I would like to take the children fossil hunting. With the wind blowing and grey skies overhead it can be difficult to persuade them outside at this time of year but it is still so important to get out and about and breathe in some fresh air. A weekend fossil hunting is an exciting thing to do as a family and gives children a reason to be grubbing about on the beach even when the sun isn’t blazing down and a swim in the sea is only a distant possibility!

One of the best beaches to explore is Charmouth in Dorset just along the coast from  Lyme Regis, home of the famous fossil hunter Mary Anning. Lyme is great to visit even if the weather is a bit rubbish and is glorious when the sun is shining!

Many fossils can be found loose on the beach, washed clean by the sea and this is the best place to look for them. There are some large and spectacular fossils which remain on the shore along the coast for everyone to enjoy.

Picture credit Fossil Walks

For a truly spectacular, almost lunar, landscape it is worth visiting Lulworth Cove which lies further along the coast in Dorset. We spent a very happy day there last year for Mothering Sunday! Most people know the cove for its coastal walk to the stunning Durdle Door but if you walk the other way along the beach and then along the coastal path you will find the fossil forest. This is made up of funny looking donut rings which are the remains of algae which grew around the base of trees as the forest floor flooded millions of years ago. They also make a fabulous place to sit, like great thrones on the moon!

I would love to take the children on an organised fossil foray with an expert. I think they’d really enjoy it and I may well start a penny jar to save up and have a go this summer! If you are inspired to set off to your nearest fossily place do follow the fossil hunters code and respect the environment you are in!

So, what are you up to this weekend? Have you been up to something recently you can share with us and build up our Something for the Weekend resource bank? Add your link below, link back to me in your post please and have a lovely family weekend!

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10 responses to “Something for the Weekend – Fossil Hunting

  1. Oh I love fossils. My mother has a stone countertop on her dressing table that is pitch black, but embedded all over are tiny little fossils. They used to fascinate me when I was little and I would have long discussions with them.
    The Hubby and I put a sandstone floor in our kitchen and on the patio and I was thrilled to see little fossils all over the place. We moved before the Little Man was born so I think we’ll have to find some fossils of our own.

    Love this post and will investigate spots for us to go fossil spotting.

  2. The area you describe Chris is just magical. So much to discover ‘grubbing about’. BTW went to a teachmeet & they presented on geocaching so it’s catching on!!

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  4. It really does look like you walked on the moon.

  5. There’s something very exciting about finding fossils. It’s hard to comprehend the timescales of such things.

  6. Oooh I have a lovely “fossil” craft waiting for us to do it!! Which I had done it already. Would have fit perfectly!!

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  8. Lovely post, I wonder where we would find fossils here? We are going on a geocaching walk tomorrow, thanks to your post a few weeks ago.

  9. The beaches on the Jurassic Coast are amazing, one of my favourite corners of the world.

  10. I fantasise about living in Dorset near the sea and this post is making me yearn for it even more! The coastline is so beautiful there.
    The nearest vaguely similar place to us is Formby. Very beautiful with a beach backed by sand dunes and a red squirrel reserve in the pine forests. I’ve never been lucky enough, but sometimes when the tide is out, ancient fossilised animal footprints are revealed in the sand.
    I think you’d like it there🙂

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