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Introduction to Hunstanton

Fossils and Fossil Collecting in Hunstanton
Your Norfolk Geological Guide and Geology Info

The Famous Red and White Cliffs of Hunstanton are visited by hundreds each year simply to see this spectacular natural geological feature. The Red Rock and White Lower Chalk is rich in fossils including echinoids, fish, shark, bivalves and brachiopods, ammonites and more.

Hunstanton - Norfolk
Last updated: [08/07/05]  last visited 2003
Written by Alister and Alison Cruickshanks
(Hunstanton Cliffs, Lower Chalk Resting on Red Chalk) - 2002

Hunstanton Location Information

Hunstanton is a very productive site. Of course fresh cliff falls are ideal but if not, providing you take a heavy hammer with you, you are sure to come back with some good finds.

(Suitable for Families)

Although Hunstanton is suitable for families, it is advisable for children to stay clear of the cliff face. Hunstanton is famous for its sandy beach which makes it ideal for families.

Easy nearby parking at Hunstanton with good access to the beach.


Hunstanton is a cliff location, fossils are mostly found in the rocks near the the cliff. Keep away from the base of the cliff.

There are 'NO' restrictions to this location

Please follow our national fossil collecting code

A UK Fossils & Discovering Fossils initiative (c) 2006


Common sense when collecting at all locations should be taken and knowledge of tide times should always be noted. The main issue one should be aware of is the tide and falling rocks.

Often at Hunstanton during winter months it is easy to be cut off from the tide. For parties, hard hats are recommended. During bird nesting season, rocks can crumble from the high cliffs. Stay away from the cliff edge during these periods.

Fossils from Hunstanton
Shark teeth, Cretolamna appendiculata from Hunstanton

Other locations similar to Hunstanton

If you are interested in other locations with a similar age, you could try Speeton which also has Red Rock, or Folkestone which has Gault Clay.

There are other locations in Norfolk which are good for chalk fossils, you could try Overstrand, or at Weybourne where chalk fossils can be found in the cliff face. West Runton is another good location for chalk fossils but only during scouring conditions.

Hunstanton Foreshore
Most fossils at Hunstanton can be found on the Foreshore

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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