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Weald on Bed

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In case anyone hasn't spotted this one, BBC news has a summary of a new paper on the footprints that can be found in the Lee Ness sandstone between Hastings and Pett Level:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-46594370

Recognise a few of those blocks from the jumble to the east of Lee Ness, though the one with the claw showing is a new one on me.

Sadly the article itself ("Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology" Volume 514, 15 January 2019, Pages 593-612) is paywalled :-(
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Thanks for the tip - hadn't spotted that. Superb detail. Pity (for fossils, anyway) the planned sea defences will stop any further significant erosion...
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Weald on Bed

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Yes, I was curious about that reference to sea defences. I may be wrong but I think (hope) they're only referring to the recent extension of the defences at Fairlight cove, where they filled in the gap between two earlier berms. That does seem to have reduced the winter scouring of what was previously a good hunting ground at the western edge of the cove  but most of the footprints are further west. Luckily Hastings BC have a 'non-intervention policy' for the 5km of SSSI between there and East Cliff - so there should still be plenty more car-sized blocks of Lee Ness sandstone popping out from time to time.
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