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tracyd

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Hi all,  
         I have been collecting fossils on and off for years now, mainly from north wales were we lived at the time.
In the past four years I have lost both my legs and now use prosthetics, and i try not to let it stop me from doing what I love. However now I have to think a bit harder about were I go and how I will manage. I still want too to carry on collecting fossils for myself and finding places that will not be too hard for me too work them is not easy, photos of places dont always help. In June my brother is taking me down to Charmouth and Lyme Regis, which I know is going to be interesting! but the last time I went collecting was in 2009 at Kimmeridge Bay, but then I still had both my legs! If anyone could help me with places that I could manage would be great as I want to collect from different locations.
Also does anyone know of any clubs or such near me I am in Hampshire. My other half is not really interested and it would be nice to be able to converse with other collectors professional or amatuer. I would love to get out more but as I dont drive i have to rely on the other half.
I am only an amatuer collector, and still have tons to learn, but doing my best. 
I cant go anywhere on my own, so always have someone with me should I fall which the only reason I dont go on my own.
If anyone on here can help me continue to do one of the things I love to do I would be very gratefull. Thankyou in advance
Tracy
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Richard

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Hi Tracy 
I live near Winchester and wonder if that is near you. Until recently it was possible to private message members of this forum but not now sadly. It is best that you do not put your exact address on here but if you could indicate which part of Hampshire you live in maybe I could help. I have not come across any Hampshire geology groups but on the other hand there may be U3A groups I don't know about. 
The nearest collecting sites to me are  Bracklesham and Highcliffe - are you aware of these? 

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Bracklesham Bay in West Sussex is the easiest place by a mile I've been to. The beach is just a flat stretch of sand which you can pick up sharks' teeth and other items on. On scouring tides, though, the sand is replaced by the bedrock (better for collecting, but not if you're disabled obviously!) which would be a bit more difficult to walk on but still probably do-able. You do have to walk over a bank of shingle in order to access this sandy beach, though, which could be problematic.
Bracklesham is obviously the easiest, but I'd say there are probably a number of beaches you could access assuming you refined your fossil-hunting style. If you went at low tide, then you could walk along the sandy foreshore and look at the edge of the shingle. Black Ven would be a good place for this, assuming you accessed it from the Charmouth side. Definitely stay away from Seatown when you're down there, though, as that beach is hell even to an able-bodied person.

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nomadiclifeguide

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I would suggest that Charmouth is an excellent choice. As for Lyme, it may be more difficult. After the first hundred yards or so it can get quite sticky and there are some large rocks and boulders to contend with. Without knowing your capabilities it is hard to advise further. Where did you like to collect In North Wales?
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Tracy Dudmish
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I live near Andover, so not far from Winchester. I am pretty good as far as walking, but too un level places make it harder although I do give it a go!
I will try the suggested places and see how I go on. As far as the places I collected in North Wales, I collected all around Llangollen, as we lived in Corwen. The place I went most was what we called World's End which runs along the edge of Llangollen and also has some old slate dumps that you could often find ferns and other plants. Along world's end it was mostly bivalves and other molluscs that I picked up. Its a lovely place to collect from and when it's not tourist season in the town a very quite place too collect. Even now if I went back it would be a easy place for me to work at.
Thankyou very much to all three of you for your help it's very appreciated and will try too get out soon and try these places.
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nomadiclifeguide

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I lived in Ruabon for ten years so I am quite familiar with worlds end. I never had much luck there other than the odd coral. I would love to find some ferns, i have never had much luck with plant fossils anywhere despite trying. Maybe you could suggest somewhere for me to try in the area?
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tracyd

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Hi there, the place we used to go was up on the top of the Horseshoe pass where the cafe and gift shop was, and go through the slate heaps up there. one of my freinds who did nt even collect fossils found a lovely fern fossil up there, but no matter how hard I tried she would not let me have it! we found small peices with fern leaves on but nothing major.
some times we would find nothing, (which was more often than not) but occasionally we would find the odd bit. 
I miss north wales, we were there 20 odd years, and I loved going around the Panarama, Worlds End etc and my kids loved looking for the fossils. 
One place I would have loved to look was Angelsey but never got the chance. 
Like you we have found bits of coral up there as well as the usual bivalves and so forth, unfortunetly when we moved back down south the box that had my collections in went missing and never did turn up so I lost the lot.
One day we shall have to go back and I shall have too collect some more!

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