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Rosco

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I've been to Aust a number of times. I was thinking of trying Westbury/Garden Cliff.

Has anyone been there recently?

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Hi Rosco, 
I used to go to Westbury quite regularly but over the years it became increasingly difficult to find anything collectable. Very good if you want to get up close to the Westbury fmt and are interested in the sedimentological aspect.There is no conglomeratic bonebed at Westbury. Bones are associated with two hard sandstones, slabs of which litter the river bank upstream and exhibit impressive trace fossils. You need to go at falling/low tide as the river cuts off access to the Rhaetic. The place is often a sea of mud. A couple of hours nosing around is enough at Westbury so If you're coming any distance I'd include it as part of an itinerary.
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Rosco

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Hi Pete,

Thanks a lot for the great advice. Can you suggest any other locations in the vicinity of Aust?

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Not sure if Manor farm is accessible anymore, Sedbury, Westbury, Hock cliff all overcollected and very little replenishment. Barren Triassic sands/muds and chemical Carb limestones predominate around Aust unfortunately. 

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Manor Farm is still accessible but is being allowed to "return to nature" (over grown). The bone bed blocks that were/are on display are slowly being consumed by briars and nettles. The "cliff" face is still free atm and you can pick up the odd stromatolite but not much else.


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