Discovering Fossils

One sunny Saturday earlier this month, Erica, Nikki and I, along with Gruff the trusty fossil hound were excited to be heading to Beachy Head in East Sussex. We had been lucky enough to be invited along to one of the Discovering Fossils public fossil hunts led by Roy Shepherd. 



Roy began with a safety briefing, an introduction to the local geology of the cliffs and demonstrated some of the chalk and flint fossils we might find, dating from the late Cretaceous up to 100 million years ago.


Armed with hard hats and hammers and chisels, we were ready to go for a fossil hunt along the beach.

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Roy was on hand for guidance and to identify finds, and after only a few short hours searching the pebbles and enthusiastically splitting loose boulders, we came away with a number of fossil sponges and echinoids. It was a brilliant introduction to fossil hunting, and a really enjoyable day. We’re looking forward to fossilling again soon!

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Cheryl Lynn


Cheryl is a graduate from City and Guilds of London Art School, where the course centred on the conservation of decorative surfaces and objects made of stone, wood and other sculptural materials. She is trained in traditional skills such as gilding and plaster casting as well as laser cleaning techniques. Cheryl has been involved with a number of conservation projects at the Natural History Museum, including work on the mammal research collection, exhibition installation and the blue whale skeleton.

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