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FOSSIL HUNT - Warden Point, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Sun 12 November 2017, 10:00 – 15:00 GMT
Warden Point on the Isle of Sheppey is probably the most popular site for collecting London Clay fossils in the UK. This location is easily accessed, with lots of fresh fossils constantly being washed out. It is also famous for the wide variety of fossils, which can be found that includes everything from turtles, lobsters and crabs to sharks’ teeth, snakes, crocodiles, molluscs and plant remains.
* Suitable for children 14+
* HARD HATS (No Cycle Helmets), and HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS or jacket essential.
Please note, many of our locations will not have toilet facilities, water, or other amenities.
Fossil guide to this location: https://ukfossils.co.uk/2012/01/24/warden-point/
Warden Point is an ideal location for families, but those wishing to visit should be aware that this part of the coastline along the northern side of the Isle of Sheppey can also be dangerous due to tides, deep mud and cliff falls. The clay can become extremely sticky and many have lost a boot or two and have had to walk back without them. Please read our safety notes (below) and be aware of these dangers.
The best way to find fossils is to get on one’s hands and knees, and search in the shingle exposed along the upper part of the beach. Fossils are generally found all year round, as they are constantly being washed out of the London Clay by the sea. The best time to collect is during the summer when the clay is much harder and accumulates more shingle. Whenever you visit, we recommend you visit two hours after high tide. Besides searching the shingle areas, larger fossils can generally be found either along the upper part of the beach after the sea has washed the cliffs or along the extensive foreshore. There are not normally any areas of shingle on the lower part of the foreshore. Instead, fossils here are mostly found in phosphatic nodules that run in bands along the foreshore. The best specimens are found in this way, but are not as common as the smaller fossils found by beach crawling higher up the beach.
Can my child less than 4 attend the event?
We strongly advice against taking children under 4, but if the event allows children and leaders agree, then this is possible providing they are under your responsibility and care, and do not use tools or equipment. Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm) for more information.
Can I book over the phone?
Yes, you can, and we can take card payment, however a waiver must be signed before we can accept your booking. The waiver can be emailed or posted out, but must be returned within one week of the booking. Contact us on: 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).
Can I pay on the day?
Sorry, we do not allow anyone to pay on the day, as we cannot provide pre-preparation details on risk assessment, and due to health and safety, places are limited.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
This will greatly help us and speed things up, but leaders will have a list of those attending on the day.
Is my registration ticket transferrable?
Please contact us and we normally try to accommodate this.
I have a question not listed?
Please contact us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).
What happens if I can’t make it on time or get to the venue?
You need to contact us urgently. If this is within a few days of the event, call us on 01502 725205 (Mon-Fri 8am till 4pm), if it is on the day or a couple of days before, contact the leader in the final confirmation email detailing where to meet and times. We cannot guarenete we can wait for you, but where possible, we will try.
Are toilets nearby?
Most events will not have access to toliets. The best places to find fossils are mostly areas away from built up areas, and tend to be quite remote. There are a few exceptions where toliets are close by, but it is best to presume they wont be available.
Will my husband’s hammer and chisels from his tool box be okay to bring?
No, standard tools are made from inferior metal which spliter very easily against rocks. This is both dangerious to yourself and others, and flying metal can cause eye injuries or penetrate the skin. ONLY hammers specifically made for geological use can be used. We offer some to add to your order if you dont have any.
What happens if the event is cancelled?
We try very hard to avoid having to cancel, but if an event needs to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditons or unforeseen circansances, we will notify you immediately, and you will be offered an alternative hunt or date or a refund.