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Fossil Fun at Writhlington, Radstock

September 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Join the team from Somerset Earth Science Centre for some fossil hunting fun on the coal heaps left behind from coal mining and now a geological reserve. We will be assisted by Palaeontologist Simon Carpenter who will reveal the amazing fossils at this internationally important site where the world’s earliest known damsel fly fossil was found.

Wear suitable clothes, bring collecting bags,snacks/drinks, hammers goggles provided. We will walk from the car park approx 20 minutes to the coal batch along the disused railway footpath/cycle path. There is a slope up on to the coal heap, and there is some uneven ground. It is not suitable for pushchairs or mobility vehicles.

Meet: Radstock car park near Museum, on Waterloo Road, Radstock BA3 3EP. If car park full, there is further parking in car park at Radco, or in children’s play area, and walk back along linear park path towards Musuem. Toilets also in Radco, or Linear Park. Radstock Museum open also for refreshments, entry fee payable to use facilities, but there is an excellent geological display and also The History of Somerset coalfield life.

The site is in private ownership, but we have permission to fossil hunt on the site, and SESC or the owner accept no responsibility for any personal injuries – it is at your own risk.
Booking is essential, this is a free event but a suggested donation to Mendip Rocks! of £3pp would be appreciated.

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September 21
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Mendip Hills AONB
Somerset Earth Science Centre
The Mendip Society


Car park outside Radstock Museaum
Waterloo Road
Radstock, BA3 3EP
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