Fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast
Tips on fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast from Phil Harding
No - if you go to the Jurassic coast of Lyme Regis and down in Dorset, and Devon, it really is a game of chance and that's the beauty of it. You can't use any scientific gadgetry to do it. It's a game of chance. It is that chance that you are just there at the right time and you might break open a stone. There might be the fossil. What you're not allowed to do of course and this is vitally important is you're not allowed to dig away at the cliff itself because that is actually increasing the likelihood of cliff erosion and we don't want that. But there's nothing to stop people breaking open the stones that are actually on the beach and they do. A lot of them are very, very common fossils and you can usually find them out if you're really, really interested, just look them up in books and on the internet and actually try and find out what species of fossil you actually found.