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Introduction to Port Mulgrave

Fossils and Fossil Collecting in Port Mulgrave
Your Yorkshire Geological Guide and Geology Info

Once a thriving community with its locally mined ironstone shipped from it's own harbour, now closed but highly productive in a wide range of ammonite species along with reptiles remains and more. Port Mulgrave is one of the best locations for collecting in Yorkshire.

Port Mulgrave - North Yorkshire
Last updated: [07/03/04]  last visited 2004
Written by Alister and Alison Cruickshanks
Fossils & Fossil Collecting in Mulgrave
(Port Mulgrave) - 2004

Location Information

Mulgrave yields excellent ammonite specimens and dinosaur/reptile remains but also has quite a lot of competition. The best time to collect is during the winter storms, or scouring conditions.

(Not Suitable for Children)

Due to the difficult walk down to the beach, this location is not suitable for children, but is accepted for mature family groups.

You park at the top of the cliff top and there is a very long way down to the beach via an endless number of steps. Unfortunately the steps are uneven and after rain are extremely slippery. PLEASE ENSURE PARKING SPACES ARE LEFT AVAILABLE TO LOCALS

Foreshore, Cliff

Most of the fossils can be found on the foreshore especially after storms or scouring conditions within nodules or loose within the areas of shingle, but fossils are also commonly found in the cliff on the scree slopes either in nodules or loose.


SSSI status - owned and managed by the National Trust.

The Trust acknowledges that the collecting of geological materials has a long history in the UK and that amateur collecting has often been the stimulus for a life-long interest and/or future career in the natural environment. It recognises that collecting has contributed significantly to the development of geology as a science and to the understanding of the geological history of the UK. However, there is some concern as to the possible adverse impacts of geological collecting. This may be due to: the apparent increase in professional collecting; the fate of collected or extracted material; damage done to some sites; the possible decline in the resource at some sites; the sale of important specimens and the loss to the nation if sold abroad. These concerns have led to attempts to manage the amount or nature of collecting by regulation or by adopting codes of good practice. Under the National Trust Byelaws the removal of geological materials is not permitted unless Trust consent is given and / or local codes of conduct are strictly adhered to.

Our collecting practices

The Trust will normally permit collecting from ex situ loose and fallen material, particularly where it is at risk of damage or loss if not collected and/or where it can be justified on legitimate scientific or educational grounds. For example at an eroding coastline, where it is likely to be lost to sea, or a mine spoil heap at risk of being levelled or weathered. However, large and robust specimens are usually best left for all to see and enjoy.

Subject to the provisions of any relevant collecting code, permission from the Trust must be sought before any in situ excavation and removal of specimens takes place. If extracting specimens from a designated site (statutory and non statutory - as defined in the Trust¡¦s Geological Policy) there must be close liaison with and / or consent obtained from the relevant statutory agency. Evidence of credentials (professional status) and aims of collecting may also be required.

Risk assessments and insurance papers must be prepared and discussed in advance with the Trust; and the Trust must be informed of progress with any excavations and advised when completed. Where possible, excavations should also be written up in a worthy journal.

The Trust does not permit collecting outside the principles of responsible collecting. It will consider taking legal action where this policy and any local codes of conduct for geological collecting or Trust Byelaws are clearly being ignored to the detriment Conservation Directorate Page 4 of 9 June 2007.

Please follow our national fossil collecting code

A UK Fossils & Discovering Fossils initiative (c) 2006


Common sense when collecting at all locations should be taken and knowledge of tide times should always be noted. It is easy to get cut off at Port Mulgrave, the sea always hits the cliff. You should ensure you return in good time. Also be aware of sticky areas on the slippages as it is easy to get stuck especially after rain. After heavy rainfall the steps down to Port Mulgrave can be extremely slippery, so extra care is needed.

(Port Mulgrave Foreshore) - 2004

Other Locations similar to Port Mulgrave

There are many locations in the UK which can be seen to be similar to Port Mulgrave. apart from those in the nearby proximity such as , Kettleness, Whitby, Ravenscar, Runswick Bay, Staithes, Saltwick Bay, and Sandsend. In Dorset, areas such as Chippel Bay, Lyme Regis, Seatown (Golden Cap), Thorncombe Beacon, and Charmouth, are also very good. In South Wales, you can also try Llantwit Major, and Lavernock. There are plenty of good locations in Somerset there are also many locations such as Watchet, Quantoxhead, Kilve, Doniford Bay, St Audries Bay, Lilstock, and Hinkley Point.

Stone Tumblers are used for tumbling and polishing rough rock, stones and pebbles including those found on the beach and glass.

Whilst collecting fossils, on those days where you come back empty handed, you could collect rocks, stones and glass from the beach and tumble then at home.

These are all high quality machines to give a professional finish to your samples. The tumblers can be used with a variety of grits, most commonly Silicon Carbide Grit and Cerium Oxide. We have a wide range of rough rocks for sale too.

Microfossils are much easier to collect because they are so small that the vast majority of collections only concentrate on large finds. These small finds can simply be found by taking small samples of sands, crags, clays and soft rocks and examining them under a microscope.

We have a wide range of microscopes for sale, both for the study of fossils, but also educational and professional for use in the laboratory. We have Stereo microscopes, Compound Microscopes, Polarising Microscopes and Monocular Microscopes.

We have thousands of Test Sieves for Particle Analysis.

Endecotts Sieves: For accurate dependable results you can't buy a better test sieve than Endecotts. At every stage of manufacture each test sieve is individually inspected.

High Precision Tecan manufactures precision apertures as small as 3 microns for a wide array of applications such as filtering, sieving and nozzles. Its high-performance, ASTM/ISO compliant test sieves satisfy the most demanding fine particle grading requirements.

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