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Sbray27

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Hello people!
I'm from Aberdeen & I have always wanted to get into fossil hunting. I've decided that now is the time. I'm wanting to travel down to the crail area to see what I can find. I'm really confused however about sssi laws. Am I allowed to take a few small items that I may be lucky enough to find in these locations? From what I've read and seen, people do but it seems illegal? I would really appreciate it if someone could clear this up simply for me!
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Hello, what I have understood about collecting and SSSI`s is (please correct me if I am wrong): that you are allowed to pick up loose material and collect it, but you may not remove things out of situ; things stuck in rock are supposed to stay that way.
And if you happen to pick up or spot scientificly important material you need to report this at an institution like Natural England.
Best is to ask the local museum; they will tell you who to contact best.
For the rest all the usual things about: litter, shutting gates, not damaging things or disturb protected wildlife and asking permission before entering if need so, are in the rules of responsible collecting.
Happy hunting!

greetings, Bert

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It varies - loose material is OK at some localities, forbidden at others. You have to check each site's rules individually.
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Sbray27

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Thank you so much, I really appreciate your responses!
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Sbray27

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Thank you so much, I really appreciate your responses!
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TqB is correct. SSSI status can be granted for various different reasons, some SSSI fossil sites have designations unrelated to the geology. Your best bet is to look up the site specific info here - https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteSearch.aspx . Bear in mind though that even if there is no mention of fossils/geology this does not imply it's legal for you to collect fossils, other bylaws may apply and you probably need landowner consent. Coastal locations are generally the SSSIs with least restriction on collection as these are areas of fast erosion and fossils are being lost to the sea all the time so might as well be picked up by amateurs.
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