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Excerpt from Southampton Mineral and Fossil Society. 
Death of a Fossil Site - Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire. This site is an important Middle Eocene exposure and famous for the variety of fossils that can be found. Such is the importance of this site that it was confirmed as an SSSI by English Nature. This site has now been destroyed by Gosport Borough Council. They have completely covered the exposure with large limestone blocks and backfilled with gravel dredged from the Solent. 
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marktol
Hi All,

My first post on the forum.  I live on the South Cost near Southampton.  As a child I used to go and collect sharks teeth on the beach at Lee-On-Solent.  Ive since decided to start collecting fossils again and have been back to the old spot but there is now very few teeth to be found - I understand this is becasue of some new sea defences that were put in a number of years ago?

We used to either pick them off the beach or seive for them at low tide.

My question is, where is best in this sort of area to collect sharks teeth, either picking them up along the beach or seiving for them?  Is it still possible to seive for them here in the right spot?

I know Barton or Brackelsham are meant to be good but are an hour or more away from me.  Im hoping I aught to be able to find like I used to more locally if possible....  There seems to be very little information on the internet about collecting along this stretch of coast.

Hopefully someone can help,

regards,
Mark

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prep01
Hello Mark, May I make a suggestion - like many places along that coast, the  traditional sites are well picked over, and it might be worth looking for similar geology and looking for new ones! You might make a killing!!!! Oh, and if you do - let us know!
Colin Huller
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Naze Dave
I'm afraid that Bracklesham might well be your best bet, i've only been once but i found around 10-15 teeth in the shingle. I didnt get the chance to sieve as it started raining after an hour or so.
Thanks
Dave
Still Life
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marktol
Thanks Dave,

Perhaps I will need to make a trip there one day to check it out.  It would be a shame to think that what used to be a very productive area has now been lost. The teeth must still be being washeed up somewhere but I guess if there is less coastal erosion there will be less to be washed up...

Cheers,
Mark

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oldfossil
Fossil collecting sites are always difficult, often being temporary.
 

I would suggest going along to a Southampton Mineral and Fossil Society meeting on Tuesday 19 October.  There are a few collectors that belong to that and they may have the information you need.

 

Good Luck
oldfossil
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I too used to collect Sharks and Ray Teeth at Lee on Solent as a child in the early 1960s.

Can anyone suggest the Grid Ref ? Was it near The Salterns?
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Anonymous
Monks Hill Car Park, Hill Head.
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