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prep01
Hi all, spent a couple of hours at the quarry today (in the sun, hail and Easterly wind). There are loads of things that have happened or are  about to happen from what I see and hear from a dog walker I met on my way out!
  • N / S footpath (runs parallel to A5) blocked off due to "unsafe cliffs"
  • Lots of new signs
  • Steps down to the bench / quarry bottom from just right of Icknield Way footpath entrance
  • Now run as a nature reserve by http://www.wildlifebcn.org/
  • New entrance created at the Millers Way end (no details yet)
  • A proposed road at the Millers Way end of the quarry - no further details but if you can my regular friends there is an exhibition on Friday and Saturday at the Academy (formerly Northfields School), Houghton Road.
ADMIN - I will resubmit a new location ASAP
Oh, after all that, I only had a look at 100m of the bench - loads of new material to look through - plenty for all!!!!!


Colin Huller
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prep01
PLEASE NOTE
If you are thinking of going to this location http://www.houghton.ukfossils.co.uk/
the Millers Way / Houghton Road is blocked off so CANNOT be used as they are building houses! I understand this will be until the middle of this year (2012).I will let you know what happens.


Colin Huller
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nesslauncher
access can be gained go to the church follow bedford rd to st micheals ave then walk to end of road turn right on footpath go through style turn left and go over the bund or left at field bund is easier carry on to the upper field keep going pit is on left best way down either the bench or go right to end of quarry and folllow the path down
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prep01
Hello nesslauncher, I was only talking about access from Houghton Road! For me, your way would be a long walk! When did you go?  dDid you find much? I am hoping to get there this afternoon!

Colin Huller
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nesslauncher
i havent been so far this year last fossil found was a small brown ammonite infill
i hope to go next week as am off work

so if anyone sees a huge black labrador running around i wont be far behind him

 

 
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prep01
send me a pm and I will try to meet you there.

Colin Huller
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ammonite
Is Houghton Quarry still accessible from the Icknield Way footpath, I am keen to do some thing tomorrow but have never been to the quarry.
Any help would be appreciated

Thanks David
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prep01
Yes it is - I was there on Sunday - it's a bit wet and sticky, but loads of new material to look through! Can meet you there if you want some company - I live just down the road.

Colin Huller
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ammonite
It would be good to have some company I will try to be there for about 11.30.
Thanks David
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prep01
Hi David, sorry I didn't get there today as I didn't see your latest post until this afternoon! How did it go?

Colin Huller
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ammonite
I found the quarry easily and parked in the pub car park, it was freezing all day but did manage to find a variety of brachiopods, a nice gastropod which just popped out of a block and a few other bits and pieces that I have not identified. I also found an interesting fish or shark coprolite.
I went over to Totternhoe on my way home but didnt manage to do any fossiling there.

Thanks again for the advice.

David
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prep01
If I could have some pics please?

Colin Huller
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Kosmoceras


Sounds like you had a good trip! Don't see coprolites often, only found one in my time.
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prep01
Thomas - theyre reasonably common at both the usual sites!

Colin Huller
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Kosmoceras


I must be missing something then!
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prep01
Seems so!

Colin Huller
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prep01

Hi all, I met up with a new friend on Sunday and we went to both Totternoe Dump site first and later on Houghton Regis.
Weather was sooooo good! not much found at Totternhoe, the weather has really taken its toll on the piles of rock so a small spade or a mattock is now needed to be able to examine any boulders, however there are a couple of new piles to get at and Aidan did find a couple of small teeth in one of them, a very small fish vertebra and I got a small coprolite.
Then after a break we went to Houghton Regis where the frost is beginning to break up some of the large boulders that have come down from the winter months. Here we found a good number of brachs including 2 nice large "lamp shells", a couple more coprolites and the usual small brachs, scales and plant debris.

Edited by prep01 2013-04-16 10:47:40
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