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Pete E
Hi folks,

I am completely new to fossil hunting  but would like to learn a bit about it with a view to taking my young grandson out on a trip or two..

I live in North Wales near Mold and would like to find somewhere reasonably local if possible..

As a child I remember searching some streams in the Glyn Cerriog area and finding the odd fossil in the slate although they were few and far between....

 I'm thinking there is a lot of slate in North Wales so is any source of slate likely to be a good place to look?

Also, re terms, what is the difference between slate, shale and mud shale?

Thanks in advance,

Peter
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prep01
Hello Peter,firstly welcome to you and your grandson the the forum. Your enquiry is a common one on here but my answers are my own and other people may have some other ideas! Your first port of call is to look through this site for a cornucopia of advice on fossil collecting in general - especially the pages about sites in North Wales - https://ukfossils.co.uk/category/wales-north/ . However, I, would advocate being a little more advenurous and seek out new / unreasearched sites by exploration. Start by researching an area online using terms like "geology + anytown" or " fossils + anytowm. There are also lots of pages on FB which are good. I will PM you.
Colin Huller
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Pete E
prep01 wrote:
Hello Peter,firstly welcome to you and your grandson the the forum. Your enquiry is a common one on here but my answers are my own and other people may have some other ideas! Your first port of call is to look through this site for a cornucopia of advice on fossil collecting in general - especially the pages about sites in North Wales - https://ukfossils.co.uk/category/wales-north/ . However, I, would advocate being a little more advenurous and seek out new / unreasearched sites by exploration. Start by researching an area online using terms like "geology + anytown" or " fossils + anytowm. There are also lots of pages on FB which are good. I will PM you.


Hi Colin, 
First thank you for the warm welcome to the forum.

I did do I little research before posting and found reference to known sites at Welshpool and Llandudno, but was thinking along the same lines as you and fancied exploring somewhere fresh so to speak. However, most of the potential areas I know and which have public access, are on slate, hence my questions.

My general plan is to visit a couple or three areas first and then take the grandson once I have confirmed we have a chance of finding something. 

Looking at his school planner, he has a couple of "show and tell" sessions in the New Year so would love for him to find something for one of those...

Regards,

Peter
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Dirty Pete
Hi Peter,
If you have a mobile phone I suggest you download the Natural History Museum Fossil Explorer App. It gives you access to a UK wide geological map and the fossils that you could theoretically find associated with the different formations. I've found it quite useful while out and about.

PS. Slate and shale are both predominantly composed of clay minerals (very fine grained). Slate is a low grade metamorphic rock where claystone/mudstone has been cooked so the clay minerals have aligned themselves to form well marked layers/cleavage. Shale is a claystone/mudstone that has developed thin layers/beds that can be split easily but not to the same degree as slate. No idea what a mud shale is. Maybe a shale that isn't completely lithified...

Pete.
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Pete E
Dirty Pete wrote:
Hi Peter,
If you have a mobile phone I suggest you download the Natural History Museum Fossil Explorer App. It gives you access to a UK wide geological map and the fossils that you could theoretically find associated with the different formations. I've found it quite useful while out and about.

PS. Slate and shale are both predominantly composed of clay minerals (very fine grained). Slate is a low grade metamorphic rock where claystone/mudstone has been cooked so the clay minerals have aligned themselves to form well marked layers/cleavage. Shale is a claystone/mudstone that has developed thin layers/beds that can be split easily but not to the same degree as slate. No idea what a mud shale is. Maybe a shale that isn't completely lithified...

Pete.


Thanks for that it's all very much appreciated. Have down loaded the suggested App and will have a look at it later...
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