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Introduction to Staithes

Fossils and Fossil Collecting in Staithes
Your Yorkshire Geological Guide and Geology Info

Ammonites at Staithes are quite common, they are also easy to prepare and you don't need to walk far to find them. They can be found in nodules along the foreshore or within ledges ready to be picked out. A popular location.


Staithes - North Yorkshire
Last updated: [05/04/07]  last visited 2007
Jurassic
Written by Alister and Alison Cruickshanks
Fossils & Fossil Collecting in Staithes
(Staithes) - 2007

Location Information

Staithes yields excellent ammonite specimens. These can easily be found along the foreshore.

(Suitable for children)

Staithes is suitable for children, although care should be taken as the foreshore can be slippery at times.

  

You have to park outside Staithes at the top of the hill and walk down through the village as parking is not allowed unless you are a resident. For this reason, we have given this 3-star rating. The car park is large and has a tourist information centre and toilets. Once at the bottom of Staithes it is not a far walk.

Foreshore, Cliff

Most of the fossils at Staithes can be found on the foreshore especially after storms or scouring conditions within nodules. Nodules can also be found in ledges at the base of the cliff.

ACCESS
RIGHTS
There are 'NO' restrictions to this location

Please follow our national fossil collecting code

A UK Fossils & Discovering Fossils initiative (c) 2006


! IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTES !

Common sense when collecting at all locations should be taken and knowledge of tide times should always be noted. It is very easy to get cut off at Staithes, the sea always hits the cliff. You should ensure you return before the tide turns.



Ammonite from Staithes

Other Locations similar to Staithes

There are many locations in the UK which can be seen to be similar to Staithes. apart from those in the nearby proximity such as Whitby, Port Mulgrave, Kettleness, Runswick Bay, Saltwick Bay, and Sandsend. In Dorset, areas such as Chippel Bay, Lyme Regis, Seatown (Golden Cap), Thorncombe Beacon, and Charmouth, are also very good. In South Wales, you can also try Llantwit Major, and Lavernock. There are plenty of good locations in Somerset there are also many locations such as Watchet, Quantoxhead, Kilve, Doniford Bay, St Audries Bay, Lilstock, and Hinkley Point.


Staithes, Looking towards Penny Nab


Stone Tumblers are used for tumbling and polishing rough rock, stones and pebbles including those found on the beach and glass.

Whilst collecting fossils, on those days where you come back empty handed, you could collect rocks, stones and glass from the beach and tumble then at home.

These are all high quality machines to give a professional finish to your samples. The tumblers can be used with a variety of grits, most commonly Silicon Carbide Grit and Cerium Oxide. We have a wide range of rough rocks for sale too.

Microfossils are much easier to collect because they are so small that the vast majority of collections only concentrate on large finds. These small finds can simply be found by taking small samples of sands, crags, clays and soft rocks and examining them under a microscope.

We have a wide range of microscopes for sale, both for the study of fossils, but also educational and professional for use in the laboratory. We have Stereo microscopes, Compound Microscopes, Polarising Microscopes and Monocular Microscopes.


We have thousands of Test Sieves for Particle Analysis.

Endecotts Sieves: For accurate dependable results you can't buy a better test sieve than Endecotts. At every stage of manufacture each test sieve is individually inspected.

High Precision Tecan manufactures precision apertures as small as 3 microns for a wide array of applications such as filtering, sieving and nozzles. Its high-performance, ASTM/ISO compliant test sieves satisfy the most demanding fine particle grading requirements.

Why not try...

Looking for more good fossil hunting trips? Why not try the following locations which are all very good for finding fossils...

Whitby, Bracklesham, Kettleness, Eastbourne, Hastings, Hope, Staithes
Quantoxhead, Fishguard, Abereiddy, Whitehaven, Aust, Hunstanton,




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