Jurassic fun on the Beach
Many Fossil hunters by-pass West Somerset to get to Dorset’s famous coastline, but they are missing something of a hidden gem. With its own Jurassic and Triassic rocks, West Somerset’s smaller and less well-known bays are a real treasure trove for fossil fiends. From Blue Anchor to Kilve, St Audries Bay to Quantoxhead, keen eyes and patient fingers regularly discover reptile remains, ammonites, belemnites and unusual shells. Watchet in particular can be extremely rewarding for the younger enthusiast; ammonites are often found on the easily accessible foreshore. Try to visit on a falling tide and, if possible, after a scouring tide where powerful waves stir up the sand and gravel and new fossil material is freshly uncovered. Winter and spring tend to be the best times to make an interesting discovery.