Fossil Hunter’s Code
A basic set of common-sense procedures to follow while conducting field research!
PLAN: Always research an area before your visit and plan to bring the correct tools and protective equipment. In some areas fossil collecting is prohibited, so check if permission is required before visiting. The field guide we provide will help as much as possible, but owners and rules can change – so check!
SAFETY: The nature of fossil collecting means some locations can be dangerous. Before visiting a location it’s highly advisable to research the potential dangers and necessary precautions. Remember to bring the correct safety equipment to protect yourself, people under your care and other people in the vicinity. Do not take risks, be aware of local conditions such as tides and keep away from the base of the cliff. And remember that old Chinese proverb – “He who hits the cliff above his head quickly becomes depressed!”
PATIENCE: Fossil collecting requires a great deal of patience. By researching the area before your visit, you’ll hopefully have the tools and equipment required to collect specimens without damaging them. Be patient and take your time. If you make an important discovery and do not have the correct equipment, or the find is too large, do not risk destroying the fossil, contact your local museum or The Rocks Cry Out team for help and assistance. Patience and local knowledge is the key!
Law: If the site is an SSSI (Special Site of Scientific Interest), then you will not be allowed to dig in the cliffs at all. Keep to the beach and foreshore.
REPORT: Many of the world’s greatest fossil discoveries were made by amateur geologists! You can always report any significant finds to local museums, or get in touch with us! We can help with identification, and advice on what to do with your find.