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Fossil Finding at Barton-on-Sea

Barton on Sea, a small suburban of New Milton (west of Lymington) overlooking the Solent is well-known with both residents and visitors for its coastline and the fossils of the Barton Clay.

The cliffs between Highcliffe and Barton on Sea provide an opportunity to be able to explore the prehistoric marine environment that dates back from over 40 million years ago. During the year the soft clays and sands are eroded by the extreme weather conditions and rough seas making many fossils exposed. The fossils that can be found are usually bivalve and gastropod shells, and shark and ray teeth.

There are three car parks along Marine Drive in Barton on Sea you are able park at, all with access to the beach. Toilet facilities are located at Marine Drive West car park.

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