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Chris G
I live close to Guildford and occasionally have business in Southampton. I thought next time I would put a change of clothes in the car and try to do some hunting after business ( a bit more tricky at this time of year). 
I could head over to Bracklesham Bay (depending on low tides) or is there anywhere else you would suggest for an hour or two rummage? Ideally it needs to be East of Southampton.

Thanks,

Chris
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Rhaetianpenarth207
The isle of wight is very close to Southampton and is commonly called 'dinosaur isle' because it is one of the only places in the UK that dinosaur bones are found but and it also boasts Eocene deposits but the ferry is quite expensive. Barton on sea and the isle of Purbeck also aren't too far.
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Chris G
Thanks. I know the IoW and posted an ammonite for ID from there a while back. It's just not an easy jaunt to combine with the Southampton business trips. Purbeck would be good but it takes me further out. If you imagine a triangle made up of Guildford, Southampton and say, Brighton that would be about the limit and still get home in time for tea🙂 
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prep01
Chris, how about the Hastings area - Washurst clay early cretaceous and is a 'poor mans' IOW. But I am a advocate of (from footpaths) loookinf a ploughed fields, streams, ditches etc.
Colin Huller
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Chris G
Southampton to Hastings - 98 miles - I'll be back in time for breakfast. There's also plenty of echinoids at Burling Gap but still a bit far to combine with business. 
Thanks Colin, all ideas are appreciated as they'll get used on other days.
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Rhaetianpenarth207
Near Southampton has lots of chalk outcroppings which might be fossiliferous. They are dotted around everywhere but I’m not sure if they’re legal to collect from. A website I’ve seen indicates an inaccessible quarry as a fossil location which I’m pretty sure is chalk.
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Enafter
You could try Lee on the solent, although I can't guarantee you'll find anything there. Bracklesham Bay is generally a better place to go.
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Rhaetianpenarth207
I’ve heard that Abbey Wood in London is a good location for shark teeth and the coast from Southampton to Brighton also has a few good Cenezoic deposits.
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Rhaetianpenarth207
Search Sussex and/or Hampshire in the UK Fossils network locations for some places.
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prep01
NOOOOOOOO! EXPLORE!!!!!!!
Colin Huller
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Chris G
Thanks for the suggestions - all appreciated and I might try Lee on Solent as it's just around the corner from Southampton - although another thread on the forum says sea defences have spoiled the collecting sites. Still, you don't know until you try. I didn't know about Abbey Wood but it is a long jaunt (60 miles) ENEast of Guildford
The Guildford area is, to say the least, lacking in good sites. I'm looking in to Smokejacks Quarry which is not too far away but seems to be only organised digs. A couple of old chalk quarries on the North Downs (Mole Valley) are now closed to collecting. The chalk areas near me have little to offer and are more interesting as old open flint mines - pieces of Neolithic and Mesolithic flint tools and debitage are reasonably common around here on arable land.
At least I'll get a walk by the sea and that can't be bad.

Thanks again,

Chris 
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