Field Trip: Fossil collecting expedition to the Lafarge Kimmeridge Clay Pit and Chalk Pit at Westbury, Wiltshire

Leader: Simon Carpenter

Entry Fee

Members: Free

Visitors: £3.00

Date and Time



The Lafarge Cement Works, Rhoose, Barry, CF62 3ZR

Field Trip Description

AM: The Kimmeridge Clay quarry at Westbury, Wiltshire is renowned for its fossil marine vertebrates, including the remains of pliosaurs, plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs and crocodiles, as well as numerous invertebrate fossils.

PM: The Chalk quarry will be visited in the afternoon, where the fossiliferous Lower, Middle and Upper Chalk is exposed. An interpretation board has recently been installed on the edge of the quarry. This initiative was coordinated by the Wiltshire RIGS Group and supported by various grant-giving organisations including Bath Geological Society. Substantial funding was provided by Lafarge.

Meet at 10.30am at the visitors’ car park, Lafarge Cement Works, close to the Clay Quarry, Westbury, Wiltshire.

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