March 2019
I have had a couple of interesting walks in the past few weeks. The best finds have been a Cretaceous fossil sea urchin. This was found on the beach to the east of Charmouth. The Heritage centre also found a fossilized mammoth jaw section. This is strange as both fossils are rare on the Jurassic Coast and are the fossil remains of more recent creatures. There are some treacherous mud slides coming down onto the beach and I very nearly lost my boot at the foot of one. Luckily I was able to retrieve the shoe....but if  I had lost it........ 100 million year later, what a fossil.

Interestingly, Mary Anning's dog "Tray" was buried and killed in a mudslide, while out fossil hunting with his famous owner. The poor dog's remains are trapped and covered by the muds of Black Ven!   If I could find the remains of his named owner on the collar.......

They are filming in Lyme Regis a new picture about Mary Anning. I do not think there will be much historic accuracy in the film which stars Kate Winslett. The film seems to be interested in the mythical relationship of Mary and her secret love of another woman. A cynical hijacking of a historical figure to enhance the financial wealth of the film company.

 

 

The Great Landslip of 1839 and creation of Goat Island

January 2019.

I went to a talk by the former county Geologist Richard Edmunds. Richard is passionate about the Jurassic coast and is also a phenomenal collector and conservator of fossils and has a unique collection including an ichthyosaur,plesiosaur and many ammonites.

For the last few years Richard has been mapping and recording the famous landslide that occurred in 1839 to the west of Lyme Regis.

On Christmas Eve 1839 a huge landslide occurred and twenty acres of land subsided, pushing a large reef off- shore from the sea. The landslip created a vast chasm, one mile long and 150ft deep. A plateau of 15 acres became isolated and became known as Goat Island. Richard has been recording the boundaries of the faults and reason this cataclysmic event occurred and is about to publish a paper on the subject.

The chasm attracted many visitors, including Queen Victoria and in antique shop you can frequently find lithographs drawn after the event.

You can visit the site today by following the coastal footpath to the west of Lyme Regis. The area is heavily wooded and is one of the most beautiful section of the Jurassic Coast

Belemnites from Charmouth-Bullet from USA also on the beach.

She sells sea Shells
On the sea shore
The shells she sells
Are ordnance I'm sure!

January 24th  2019.
I went to a talk by the former county Geologist Richard Edmunds. Richard is passionate about the Jurassic coast and is also a phenomenal collector and conservator of fossils and has a unique collection including an ichthyosaur,plesiosaur and many ammonites.

For the last few years Richard has been mapping and recording the famous landslide that occurred in 1839 to the west of Lyme Regis.

On Christmas Eve 1839 a huge landslide occurred and twenty acres of land subsided, pushing a large reef off- shore from the sea. The landslip created a vast chasm, one mile long and 150ft deep. A plateau of 15 acres became isolated and became known as Goat Island. Richard has been recording the boundaries of the faults and reason this cataclysmic event occurred and is about to publish a paper on the subject.

The chasm attracted many visitors, including Queen Victoria and in antique shop you can frequently find lithographs drawn after the event.

You can visit the site today by following the coastal footpath to the west of Lyme Regis. The area is heavily wooded and is one of the most beautiful section of the Jurassic Coast

 

January 4th 2019
I have had a couple of fossil walks along the beach. The mud slide to the west of Charmouth continues to move and spreads out into the sea and cuts the beach off at high water. At the foot of the mud flow are a band of sticky mud and the sunken footprints of people trying to cross it. I have seen the mud remove shoes, trainers, and wellington boots and in one case the jeans of a young woman who was trapped and airlifted from the mud by the Coastguard Helicopter. The young lady had tried to cross the mud but quickly lost footing and sank into the goo up to her waist. The helicopter was called and they put a strop around the poor woman and pulled her clear using the helicopter winch....but unfortunately she left her jeans behind in the mud.

Happy New Year
Nigel

 

 

February 2019

The weather has been mild and it seems like spring is coming. It is half term week and I have already taken four walks along the Jurassic Coast. I would normally head east but due to the large amount of shingle on the beach, I have taken the groups to the west.

My hunch seems to have worked. We have found ammonites and a couple of crinoids blocks. There is a vast amount of material spilling onto the beach below Stonebarrow and several deep mud flows.  On Sunday, I walked over a thin surface of sand and sank into the mud. I extracted my boot from the clawing clay. I hobbled up and down the beach, trying to put my foot back into the wet soggy mud covered boot.

In the last couple of days the Coastguard has been called out to one person stranded by the tide and another who became stuck in the mud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



December 2018

A have decided to upgrade my web site as a friend said it looked very cluttered and not very professional.
As I was quiet I resolved to sit down and sort the site out..........that was a week ago.

Every change seems to have unintended consequences. Pictures push the text across the screen; capital letters suddenly appear and will not go away. My email address will no longer link to the web site. I am slowly coming to the conclusion that when I used a quill and pen I never had these problems.  I will persevere (with the help of Dr YouTube) and a host of sad people who seem to make countless videos but rarely see sunlight.  Fossil hunting is a breeze compare to this!
Happy Christmas

End of the year. I went for an early morning walk along the beach. The tide was a high and the beach was very quiet. There is a new mud slide to the west of Charmouth which have started to come out onto the beach. The tide was breaking at the foot of the mud and briefly between waves there was enough time to scramble along the beach. Well that was the idea.........I managed to get my timings wrong and mid way between to banks of mud a large wave suddenly broke and I was soaked! Two hundred yards along the beach, to the west of Charmouth Heritage Centre, resting ontop of the shingle was  large nodule (3ft across) containing a large ammonite. The nodule containing the ammonite had fallen from the cliffs the previous night. Although the the nodule was covered in mud, you could clearly see the outline of the large fossil. By the time I left the beach countless people had walked straight past this large ammonite and did not see it.

Sometime you become fixated looking for the small fossils and fail to see the larger specimens.   

Nigel