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itbrvilla
Found quite a nice smaller one also.  Will post pics when I get home.
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itbrvilla

I'm new to fossil hunting and this site and am only just starting up so would like some beginners advice.


I have decided to take up fossil hunting as I want to enjoy the outdoors hore and can maybe incorporate it with walking.  I have always been interested in Dinosaurs (I'm not expecting to be the new Serano) and prehistoric life in general so thought this was the perfect hobby.

 

I have persuaded my girlfriend (wife to be) to join me and she seems excited by it so have someone to share the learning process with!!

 

I have all the walking gear but have no fossil hunting gear, maps, books or guides and would like some suggestions on what I should be looking to purchase.

 

I live in Birmingham and notice that there doesn't appear to be any information about the West Midlands so assume its best to go try Gloucestershire or Derbyshire. Are there any group excursions to fossil hotspots to help beginners find there feet?

 

Also I am concerned about safety issues such as getting trapped in mud or being injured by falling rocks but guess that come with exprience.

 

Appologies for the long rambling first post,

 

Ian
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Olenus
Hello and Welcome  to the forum Ian. Sometime in September the Dudley fossil show is on. There are stalls with info on the local geological socities around the West midlands. It will be worth going and having a look. They do trips and lectures. Hope this helps you.
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itbrvilla
Thanks for the reply. I found that in the events list above.  Will definately attend.  Do you think they have equipment for sale at the event or should I look on here at the started kits?
 

Are there any other locations around Brum I could try?

 

Many thanks again!!Smile
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Olenus
Hello Ian i am sure they have equipment at the show and some starter kits on this forum.  If your thinking of buying a hammer, i would get a Estwing geological hammer. I have had mine for years!
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spider
itbrvilla wrote:
 
I live in Birmingham and notice that there doesn't appear to be any information about the West Midlands so assume its best to go try Gloucestershire or Derbyshire. Are there any group excursions to fossil hotspots to help beginners find there feet?

  

Ian

 

Ian, you dont have to travel to far to find fossils infact Birmingham is world famous for its fossil exposure at 'Wrens Nest at Dudley'. Your not allowed to hammer the rocks there but you can walk round and search the scree on the surface. If you do a search for ' Wrens Nest ' or ' Dudley ' on this forum you will be able to see what others have found from there. Also worth noting just to get you motivated and tuned in, take a trip into Birmingham University to the Lapworth Museum in the geology department, its an amazing place to view some of your famous local fossils as well as plenty other material from around the UK Wink
Have a nice day :0)
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plagistoma

Hi Ian and welcome


You will probably cater for your tastes as you go along but you can start with the basics,


i use an old munitions bag as my main carrier and in it is a cold chisel,a small chisel,a medium chisel.a 2lb lump hammer ,a fairly heavy pin hammer for trimming rock,a pair of fingerless gloves in case i have to carry sharp awkward rock,a zip bag containing tissues and small bags for wrapping stuff,a tube of superglue for anything too delicate to move,a jewellers type magnifier and plasters for when i slice my fingers.


I also have a rucksack to carry anything large which contains my brickies hammer(any hardware type shop)safty goggles ,more cloth bags,sarnies etc with my badge pinned to the straps on both.


hope this helps


 


steve

It's always great to "shoot" your own
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itbrvilla
Thanks for the replies will have to look up the Wrens Nest. Looks like I wont need much gear for there apart from stuff to protect my finds (Unlikely ;).
 

I keep meaning to go to the Lapworth Museum as I already work at the Uni so should pop in during my luch breaks.
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Bill G
Welcome to the forum Ian. Tools can be found via the UKGE link at the top of each page. Get as much info as you can for the area you want to collect. What type of rock/matrix is it, sand, clay, shale, etc. You can then decide what tools you will need.
Basically though, hammer with a blade, (brick type hammer), chisel, goggles, trowel, collecting containers (ice cream tubs), etc.

 

Good luck.
Edited by Bill G 2011-06-08 14:49:10
Cheers, Bill
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fusilier21
Well done, Ian. You already have the most rare of fossiling accessories: a potential spouse who doesn't think you're a:" geek who enjoys finding bits of unremarkable rock in foolhardy weather conditions." Treasure her, Sir, treasure her. 
Andrew
Je passe quand meme
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spartacus
Howdy Ian, are you really, really sure you want to go down this route ? Exclamation
You have been warned ! Wink

 

Keef
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itbrvilla
Will take it one step at a time but am definately looking forward to getting started. Am looking forward to my find!!!
 

Am trying to find out about joining them for a day at the Wrens Nest,  they have details about it on the council website and will definately go to the event in September. 

 

Spartacus,  is that in reference to the addictinve or frustrating nature of the hobby?!?!
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mp166
Hi and welcome
Like yourself i'm new here also, off on 4th hunt tommorow. I have joined a local geological society and off out with them. Find it's good to have someone to ask on first few trips, or like we did you end up bringing home half the beach in hope of a find.
Enjoy yourself.

MP



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spartacus
itbrvilla wrote:

Spartacus,  is that in reference to the addictinve or frustrating nature of the hobby?!?!




 
Lots of both my friend !Big smile

You'll need plenty of storage too !

 

Keef
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itbrvilla

So after my first outing last Sunday to the Wren's Nest in Dudley with my new wife I have our very first finding to show you all.  I found it near the #7 marker on the geological trail after I climbed up some scree and spotted the ridge on the top surface in the corner of my eye.  I have no idea what it is but as a first find I'm very pleased.  Can anyone help me out on this one?  If you would like more info just ask.

Many thanks

Ian!



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itbrvilla
Has nobody got any idea what this maybe?  60 odd viewing since I posted and no comment Shocked
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spider
They looks like a trace fossils to me. Maybe fossil burrows?
Have a nice day :0)
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itbrvilla
Its the same fossil.  The three oval shapes run exactly under the ridge on the top surface.  The ridge is smooth on the very top (the lighter area) and rough on the sides and is pretty much perfectly symetrical.
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danny1
Yeh  trace  fossil  i  think, i  think  you managed  to  pick  up  the  only  piece  of  rock  at  Wrens  with  not  a  lot  in  it  LOL. 
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Rock Fairy
Or may be sedimentary structure that is characteristic of the nodular beds.
I was at Wrens on Sunday too!
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danny1
Hajar  on  here  has  written a   fantastic  post  on  trace  fossils,  its  on  the  forum  somewhere ,  have  a  hunt,  it  may  be  of  interest. 
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