I visited this site on May 28, 2013. It is one of the many localities features on the The UK Fossils Network website.
Watchet is located on the Bristol Channel in northwestern Somerset about an hour west of Bristol. We parked at the holiday camp, just west of Watchet on B3191.
Ramp to the beach
The path to the beach is a short paved ramp located at the lowest section of the holiday park.
The ramp is intersected by the North Somerset Coastal Path.
There is a short unpaved section at the base of the ramp where one can see in both directions.
The tidal platform extends quite a distance at low tide.
View east towards Watchet
View west towards Blue Anchor
Charles and Karin on the hunt
Fossils can be found in the the platform rock layers, in the shingle and in the cliff face.
This amazingly folded outcrop is just to the west of the ramp.
This area is as far as we got. The weather was most foul and my companions were less inspired, except for Gertie.
Most of the ammonites we saw were fully compressed. Some were pyritized, others just impressions.
This moderately preserved specimen was found at the base of the cliff slope but not collected.
Searching the larger cobble and fresh falls yields some interesting specimens, still in the matrix.
This bivalve was at least 6" across.
Section of a large ammonite
Sections of this larger ammonite were abundant and quite tantalizing.
I saw two examples of this type of cephalapod, both about 10" across.
Fossils from Watchet
Ted and Karin at Watchet
My thanks AGAIN to the The UK Fossils Network for their hot tips!
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