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Field Farm, Wrentham fossils and fossil collecting

From Wrentham, take the B1127 at the crossroads, towards the church, this road is the road to the west.
At the junction at the end, turn right and follow for a short way until you see a lay-by on the left-hand side of the road, with a footpath both sides across the fields.
Cross the road and access the footpath on the right hand side of the road. Once through the farm gate, the old disused quarry can be seen to the right.
This is now quite overgrown, and belemnites are the only realistic finds.

GRID REF: 52.38468°N, 1.65537°E

Belemnites, ammonites, molluscs
Fossil Collecting at Field Farm


This very over-grown pit in Wrentham has mounds of Chalky Boulder Clay. A few belemnites can be found here and you may find the odd ammonite, but exposures are very poor. A location for stopping on the way back as it has a handy lay by on the opposite side of the road.
Where is it

Very Low


This site is now quite overgrown, there are only a few patches of uncovered boulder clay left, and during the last visit, we did find one nice belemnite.

Suitable for Children

 

The disused quarry has no steep sides and is very easy access, it is suitable for children to visit.


Excellent Access

 

Field Farm is easy to find, you can park opposite the disused quarry, and it is along the start of a public footpath, so access is fine.


Disused Farm Pit

 

Fossils are found in mounds of Chalky Boulder Clay in the middle of this old farm pit.


No Restrictions

 

This pit is at the start of a public footpath, and so access is permitted.

Although there are no safety issues at this site, but please follow the country code. Please use common sense at all locations. Take care when crossing the road.


Last updated:  2008
last visited:  2008
Written by:  Alister and Alison Cruickshanks

Other Locations similar


For other locations in Suffolk where the Boulder clay can yield belemnites, ammonites, reptile remains, shells etc, try Pakefield, Priory Farm, Gisleham Quarry or Corton all nearby.

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Chalky Boulder Clay at Field Farm

Fossil Collecting
Your Reports

The Chalky Boulder Clay contains a wide variety of different rocks brought down during the ice age. Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks contain ammonites, belemnites, brachiopods, bivalves and sometimes reptile remains.

The most common finds are belemnites and ammonites. The rain washes these out of the clay and you can find them on the mounds in the middle of the pit. All you need is a good eye and a little patience.

Giant belemnite from the chalky Boulder Clay
Giant belemnite from the chalky Boulder Clay

Geology Guide
Pleistocene, (Erratic's)

The disused quarry consists of the Chalky Boulder Clay, formed during glaciation, in which the glaciers scrapped the land and brought many rocks from the north. The boulder clay contains many Kimmeridge Clay rocks, some Oolite rocks and chalk...[more]

Geological Succession of Field Farm
Chalky Boulder Clay

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If you are interested in fossil collecting, then you may also be interested in a stone tumbler (Lapidary). You can polish stones and rocks from the beach which will look fantastic polished using a stone tumbler.

You can polish rough rock and beach glass whilst collecting fossils, on those days where you come back empty handed. These are all high quality machines to give a professional finish to your samples. They can even be used for amber and fossils.

At most locations, you can find microfossils. You only need a small sample of the sand. You then need to wash it in water and sieve using a test sieve. Once the sand is processed, you can then view the contents using a microscope.

We have a wide range of microscopes for sale, you will need a Stereomicroscope for viewing microfossils. The best one we sell is the IMXZ, but a basic microscope will be fine. Once you have found microfossils, you will need to store these microfossils.

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