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Fossil Hunting at Beltinge Bay, Kent

The site of Beltinge near to Herne Bay in Kent is regarded as one of the best locations for ‘Fossil Hunting’ in the UK.  At low tide, visitors can almost be guaranteed to find shark teeth.

Make sure you go out as far as the low tide will allow, the collecting area is situated between the groynes either side of the concrete steps.  When the tide is at its lowest point it will appear as if a stream is running out to sea.  This is the junction between the clay beds to the west and shingle to the east.

The better quality and larger teeth are often found on or in the clay.

Low tide will often give you around 1 hour to 90 minutes collecting time and makes for an excellent, fun activity for Families, Children or Adult enthusiasts.

At busy times you can expect to find 20-30 visitors at a time at low tides but the reality is this still allows for plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the experience.

We highly recommend taking a small container and pair of tweezers to collect all of your fossils.

Research suggests that up to 24 different types of Shark teeth can be found across the Beltinge bay, so there is plenty to learn and discover for all of the family.

Shark Teeth found November 2020


Q What is the best time to visit?

Always visit at Low Tide where possible. Make sure you check a well known website like BBC or Tide Times.

Q Is there Parking nearby?

There is FREE parking in the nearby roads and a free car park at the top of the steps leading directly to the best point. This is situated on Reculver drive.

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