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Fossil collecting code of conduct, guides and links

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:17 pm

Fossil hunting advice
Fossil hunting is a rewarding and relatively inexpensive activity. However, there are a few important things to remember.
  • Be aware of health and safety risks.
    Follow the Geological Association fieldwork guidelines.
    You are free to collect fossils distributed loose along the British coastline, but there is a code of conduct and you shouldn't, in most instances, hammer fossils out of cliffs.
    In other places you will need to get permission from the landowner.
    Some locations (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) are protected by law. You can go and look, but you mustn't collect from them.
Source: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identify ... r-app.html

Researching your fossils
Here’s a great research resource from knotalot. It includes general and specific guides, events etc.

https://ukfossils.co.uk/2012/08/28/an-i ... elemnites/


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Re: Fossil guides and links

Post by Keef the Frog » Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:21 pm

discussfossils.com is another helpful resource if you need an ID

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Re: Fossil guides and links

Post by poly » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:24 pm

discussfossils.com and uk fossils.co.uk are effectively the same website. The main site is https://ukfossils.co.uk which is a fabulous resource. There are links to fossil collecting locations, detailing the types of fossils you will find, links to articles in a magazine called Deposits which your link to Belemnites came from Oxgirl36, and a link to the discussion forum -where you can show photographs of your finds and someone, maybe me will try to identify it for you.

Finally, I appreciate that people may not want to reveal the exact locations of where they have found a particular specimen, rather like the exact location of metal detecting permission, but this really can help with a precise identification. If anyone would like a fossil identified then you can always pm me with location info. I love the challenge !
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Re: Fossil guides and links

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:29 pm

poly wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:24 pm

Finally, I appreciate that people may not want to reveal the exact locations of where they have found a particular specimen, rather like the exact location of metal detecting permission, but this really can help with a precise identification. If anyone would like a fossil identified then you can always pm me with location info. I love the challenge !
Great offer, thanks Poly ::g
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Post by Keef the Frog » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:49 am

poly wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:24 pm
discussfossils.com and uk fossils.co.uk are effectively the same website.

Oops, yes you're absolutely correct ::g

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Re: Fossil guides and links

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:29 am

Here’s a free fossil explorer app for you.

Key features
*field guide to common fossils in Britain, covering nearly 90 fossil groups
*interactive map of Britain and geological map overlay
*illustrations and data for more than 1,200 fossils in the Museum collection
*fossil content researched and checked by Museum palaeontologists
*local geology information provided by the British Geological Survey

Thanks to Chris (WVAM) for the original link to the Natural History Museum ::g
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