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Introduction to Easton Wood Cliff

Fossils and Fossil Collecting in Easton Wood Cliff
Your Suffolk Geological Guide and Geology Info

At Easton Wood Cliffs, rich Shell Beds yield a wide range of shells, fish, bird and small mammal remains. There are six shell beds in total, three below beach level. Below this during extreme scours which occur on average once every 10 years, the highly rich bone bearing bed yields mammal remains.

Easton Wood Cliff - Suffolk
Last updated: [30/03/07]  last visited 2007
Written by Alister and Alison Cruickshanks

(Easton Wood Cliff) - 2006

Location Information

When conditions are right, many mammal remains can be exposed. The right conditions rarely occur. You can go years without a single scour. A scour often only occurs for a day or two, and then covers up. Fragments of bone or sometimes compete bones can be washed up after stormy tides, or from extreme low spring tides.

(Suitable for Familes)

Although fossils are rare during most of the year at Easton Wood, this location is suitable for children because it often has a large amount of golden sand, especially in Summer and is very peaceful and quiet.

There is no official car park, or toilets, but parking is done at Cove Hithe. It is a fair walk to Easton Wood for families but not a problem for those used to walking.

Foreshore, Cliff

Most of the fossils are found on the foreshore after scouring conditions or extreme low tides. Some finds can be made in the crag sands directly from the cliff, but this is rare.

SSSI - NEW 2005
This site is now part of the Pakefield to Easton Bavents SSSI. Please obay SSSI code of conduction, for more information see English Nature.

Please follow our national fossil collecting code

A UK Fossils & Discovering Fossils initiative (c) 2006


Common sense when collecting at all locations should be taken and knowledge of tide times should always be noted. The main issue one should be aware of is during scours and exceptional high tides, you can easily get cut off. Covehithe has been recognised for having extensive erosion over the years, the cliffs are very crumbly and so it is advised to stay away from the cliff face at all times. Occasionally sinking sand patch's may be formed along the beach, care must be taken to avoid any extremely soft area.

Other locations similar to Easton Wood

If you are interested in locations where you can find Mollosc Crag Shells from the Red Crag and Norwich Crag, try Covehithe, Walton-on-naze, Alderton, Ramsholt, Wangford Quarry, and Bawdsey.

For locations where mammalian remains can be found from the Pleistocene and Pliocene, try Easton Bavents , Pakefield, Weybourne, Overstrand, Corton or West Runton, Stutton is another good location.

The Red Crag can also be seen at Dunwich

Stone Tumblers are used for tumbling and polishing rough rock, stones and pebbles including those found on the beach and glass.

Whilst collecting fossils, on those days where you come back empty handed, you could collect rocks, stones and glass from the beach and tumble then at home.

These are all high quality machines to give a professional finish to your samples. The tumblers can be used with a variety of grits, most commonly Silicon Carbide Grit and Cerium Oxide. We have a wide range of rough rocks for sale too.

Microfossils are much easier to collect because they are so small that the vast majority of collections only concentrate on large finds. These small finds can simply be found by taking small samples of sands, crags, clays and soft rocks and examining them under a microscope.

We have a wide range of microscopes for sale, both for the study of fossils, but also educational and professional for use in the laboratory. We have Stereo microscopes, Compound Microscopes, Polarising Microscopes and Monocular Microscopes.

We have thousands of Test Sieves for Particle Analysis.

Endecotts Sieves: For accurate dependable results you can't buy a better test sieve than Endecotts. At every stage of manufacture each test sieve is individually inspected.

High Precision Tecan manufactures precision apertures as small as 3 microns for a wide array of applications such as filtering, sieving and nozzles. Its high-performance, ASTM/ISO compliant test sieves satisfy the most demanding fine particle grading requirements.

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