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The tide is high but I’m holding on!

- A fantastic time on the Jurassic Coast walk had by all

Tim Russell

Posted by Tim Russell on 23 July 2012

The tide is high but I’m holding on! Just had a brilliant Jurassic Coast & Fossil walk on Sunday!  The sun shone, the sky was the beautiful blue you want it to be when you’re at the coast and twenty six souls had turned up to look for fossils.

Geology and fossil expert Andy King (leading the walk) worried me a little at first by saying that there was a problem ... I jokingly said “What no fossils?”, to which he replied “Yes!”.  The tide was right up by the beach and we were expecting to search for fossils.  Actually it turned out perfectly ... the more we walked along the beach,  the more the tide dropped revealing wonderful fossils for all to see.

Andy described the fascinating geology and palaeontology of this amazing stretch of Somerset Coast. We discovered the true significance of this stretch of Jurassic coastline, and why it is internationally important and designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  We found out about the differing species of ammonite and how they are so interesting because they evolved relatively quickly, making them fairly easy to date.  That this stretch contains mainly marine fossils because 200 million years ago there were warm tropical seas covering this area, and how one stretch of the cliff at East Quantoxhead is so important that all sedimentary rocks of this age in the world are related back to this cliff exposure within the Quantock Hills AONB!

If you want to find out more about this fascinating stretch of coastline, or indeed about the geology of the Quantock Hills download our new leaflet by clicking here


On behalf of the Quantock Hills AONB Service I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Andy King for leading a wonderful walk and for sharing his knowlege with us.  - Thanks Andy!


We have received some excellent feedback from the walk:

‘thanks to all concerned for an excellent event.  The weather was kind and Andy King was a first-class guide to this exceptional bit of coast.’

This fossil ammonite is around 35cm wide and around 200 million years old!

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