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pauledevans
My daughter starts back at school this week so we wanted to do something together for a few hours this morning. We decided that a trip to Wren's Nest in Dudley would be a great option so we were up and out and trudging around the slopes by 7:30 this morning.

I've always been happy exploring the 'fossil trench' but having looked at the site via Google Maps, I'd spotted some exposed rock faces that looked interesting a bit further along the west face of the hill, so we decided to start there.

Short version: it was clear really quickly that not many hunters explore beyond the trench. I've always been stunned at how easy it is to collect there, fossils all over the place. Let's just say the slopes we tried today eclipsed the trench in volume at least. Spotted a number of trilobites embedded in the bed, as well as picked up a few of our own, plus I picked up a few first time items (4+5 below)…

In fact, most of these I 'm familiar with, but I haven't seen 4 and 5 before. Any ideas?

Anyway, on to the pictures! 20190831 Wren's Nest 1.jpg  20190831 Wren's Nest 2.jpg  20190831 Wren's Nest 3.jpg  20190831 Wren's Nest 4.jpg  20190831 Wren's Nest 5.jpg  20190831 Wren's Nest 6.jpg  20190831 Wren's Nest 7.jpg  20190831 Wren's Nest 8.jpg 
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Adrnfx
Firstly my compliments on some nice finds.  I was browsing on the Natural History Museum fossil finder app for the wrens nest Dudley location and the following previous finds came up which may help Click image for larger version - Name: 2BD1555F-A8FD-4DEF-975A-83561352FB55.jpeg, Views: 15, Size: 244.02 KB Click image for larger version - Name: E3FF3190-09BA-4F3D-84CF-96103A95362B.jpeg, Views: 14, Size: 238.35 KB
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Dirty Pete
Great haul you have there, orthocones for 4/5 maybe.

Pete
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pauledevans
I'll look that up.

This lot came from two relatively small spots, and after a while I stopped picking up bivalves and was ignoring coral entirely. In one spot, every rock you picked up was an amalgam of reef debris, it was insane! Wren's Nest is notoriously fossiliferous, but these spots were something else entirely!
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Dirty Pete
Google Cornulites while you're at it....another, but more likely possibility

http://blackcountryhistory.org/collections/getrecord/DMUSE_011296/

Pete
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pauledevans
Dirty Pete wrote:
Google Cornulites while you're at it....another, but more likely possibility
http://blackcountryhistory.org/collections/getrecord/DMUSE_011296/


Cornulites serpularis is actually a really good fit, thanks 😁🙌
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pauledevans
Adrnfx wrote:
Firstly my compliments on some nice finds.  I was browsing on the Natural History Museum fossil finder app for the wrens nest Dudley location and the following previous finds came up which may help


That app is AMAZING! Thanks for the tip. The rings on the cone bon’t Form a spiral, so I feel quite happy labelling them cornulites 👍
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Gerald Gibson
Pauledevens:

I just viewed your discoveries at Wren's Nest.  What a great catch for one day's work!  You have found a wide variety of marine invertebrates.  I salute you!!!!

---- Gerald
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