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Rhaetianpenarth207

Hello everyone, 

I was recently thinking about taking a trip to Sidmouth because I heard that very rare reptile remains could be found. Does anyone have any tips for the area? Also, I heard that hammers weren’t allowed on the beach. Is this true? Also, does anyone have any tips to which side Sidmouth to go to. 

Thanks in advance!

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estwing
Hi there
You'll probably have already seen this...
https://ukfossils.co.uk/2016/06/02/sidmouth/
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Richard
Hi 
You may be interested in the geological features shown in the cliff below Jacob's Ladder at the west end of the town. Go down the ladder and take the SW coastal path east towards Sidmouth town. There is a notice board on the cliff explaining the features which include reptile burrows.  Well worth seeing imho. 
Richard
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Rhaetianpenarth207
Thanks
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snowyandtintin
Hi Rhaetianpenarth207
You are highly unlikely to find reptile bones at Sidmouth. Yes, they have been found in the past but are extremely rare and the few finds that have been found are the result of searching by dedicated enthusiasts who are very familiar with the cliffs and horizons. They were mostly found in fallen blocks under High Peak - a not very accessible site, in any case.
Sidmouth Museum is worth a visit, where some of the remains are displayed. Merely turning up to fossil hunt will result in disappointment although, as Richard points out, the burrows are interesting, as is the geology. The plant root concretions can sometimes be picked up on the beach, beyond the steps west of Jacob's Ladder, but again, there is no guarantee. 

This site is SSSI and use off hammers is pointless. There is no hammering allowed, or digging into the bedrock. It's a nice town, so have an ice cream on the sea front!
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