FOSSIL CODE OF CONDUCT

The Somerset coast between Blue Anchor and Lilstock is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its nationally important geological exposures and fossils. Therefore, fossils should be collected responsibly in accordance with the following code to ensure that future visitors can also enjoy this part of their natural heritage.

  • Respect the landowner’s wishes and always obtain permission before collecting fossils on private land
  • Take only a few representative specimens. Collect only from loose material or fallen blocks – do not hammer the cliffs or collect from under them, they are very unstable
  • Wrap fossils individually in paper or cloth for protection and include a label with them stating clearly when and where they were collected. Without this information your fossils will have no scientific importance
  • Large fossils should normally be left for others to see and enjoy – but report any unusual finds to the local Museum of Somerset based in Taunton, Tel: 01823 255088 Email: museumofsomerset@swheritage.org.uk
  • Consult local tide times and remember this coast has a very high tidal range. It is best to visit on a falling tide
  • Ensure you have the correct clothing and footwear and protect yourself from the sun. Ensure someone knows where you are and what time you’ll be back
  • Remember that a fossil site is for everyone to enjoy. Indiscriminate collecting will damage the site and fossil resource for future visitors