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Whitby Safety Advice Notes


Common sense when collecting at all locations should be taken and knowledge of tide times should always be noted. It is very easy to get cut off at Whitby, the sea always hits the cliff. You should ensure you return before the tide turns. Also be aware of sticky areas on the slippages as it is easy to get stuck especially after rain.

UK Fossils General Advice

1. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.

2. If using a hammer, pick or chisel, always wear safety goggles.

3. Always wear a hard hat if close to a cliff face.

4. Check access rights before you enter this location.

5. Take food and drink

6. Ensure you always take a mobile phone

7. Keep children away from cliff faces and mudflats, ensure you keep an eye on your children at all times.

8. DO NOT RISK tides if you do not know the times, ensure you are aware of tide times before you visit a location.

9. Take plenty of wrapping paper, you never know when you may make that all important find.

UK Fossils Code of Conduct

1. Always REPORT important finds to museums or related organisations.

2. Please LOOK AFTER your fossils, clean them and preserve them.

3. If you make an important discovery and do not have the correct equipment, or the find is too large. DO NOT RISK destroying the fossil, contact your local museum or organisation for help and assistance.

4. PLEASE leave those fossils which are impossible to get out of rock, for others to see instead of destroying it. A photograph is much better.

5. PLEASE accept, understand and obey any SSSI rules, they are there to protect the geology for future generations.

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- (C)opyright 1998-2005 Alister Cruickshanks.
UK Fossils Management - Alister Cruickshanks & Roy Bullard
UK Fossils Curator - Ian Cruickshanks
UK Fossils is a division of CWA Design and run in conjunction with UKGE. Whilst we try to ensure that all content is accurate and up to date we cannot guarantee this. UK Fossils takes no responsibility in the accuracy of this content, nor takes any liabilities for any trips, events or exchanges between visitors using either the discussion board or the UK Fossils planner. Any posted trips and events by UK Fossils are personal and not arranged by UK Fossils, therefore visitors should seek their own personal insurance cover. Please remember to always check the tide times.