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Rockwatch Field Trip: Building Stones Geodetective Trip in West Sussex

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Date(s) - Saturday, 10 September 2022
13:30 - 17:30


Join us at our next field trip!Join us on the next Rockwatch field trip to West Sussex for a spot of Building Stones Geodetective work at Earnley Church, followed by a fossil hunt on Bracklesham beach. The field trip is from 1.30pm til 5.30pm on Saturday 10 September.

The trip with be led by David Bone. We suggest you may wish to have lunch before the trip starts – picnic or local cafes.

Please note our field trips are for Rockwatch members only and their accompanying parent/guardian.

1. Meet at the beautiful 12th century Earnley church at 1.30 p.m. on Clappers Lane, Earnley Chichester (near Bracklesham Bay)

Post code: PO20 7JL. Grid reference: SZ8161 9694. Note – there are no toilet facilities here.

Please park respectfully and avoid blocking private driveways.

Wearing your geodetective hat, you’ll explore the building stones of Earnley church. David has set a fun quiz which will be sent to you when you book for the trip. You will need to print that out and bring it with you, plus a pen/pencil. And remember to bring your hand lens or magnifier card.

2. At the end of the Earnley visit we will drive the short distance to the Bracklesham seafront car park (Pay & Display) for a tea break and toilets. Billy’s cafe on the beach is the place to head for, on the edge of the car park., but it can be busy. Bracklesham Lane, East Wittering, Chichester. Post Code: PO20 8HJ. Grid Reference SZ 8049 9636

At 3.30 p.m. David will do a “show & tell” of Bracklesham fossils, then as the tide goes out we will head for the beach to begin our search in the wet sands for fossils – Eocene age lovely fossil shells and sharks teeth. We aim to finish about 5.30 p.m. although you are free to stay longer should you wish. Remember to bring small containers or small plastic bags for your fossil finds.

David Bone will have copies of his book “The Geology and Fossils of Bracklesham and Selsey” for a special discount price of £3, cash only on the day. Worth every penny!



Children must be accompanied by an adult so please buy tickets for children and accompanying adult/s.

Bookings are closed for this event.

Author: Helen Connolly

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