One of the richest places in the UK for dinosaur remains, the Isle of Wight is known as ‘Dinosaur Island’. There are several top spots for finding fossils of all different sorts. Along the south coast large dinosaur foot casts can be seen at Compton Bay, where they are scattered along the coast slightly east of Hannover Point and Fossil Forest. Rocken End, west of Niton, is a quiet and stunning location and is a good place to find ammonites and other molluscs either on the foreshore or in the small inland quarry and makes for an excellent day out for all the family. On the north coast between Yarmouth and Hamstead, at the base of Bouldner Cliff, the foreshore and cliffs are great for finding fossils of mammal, crocodile, turtle, crustaceans, fish, molluscs, plants and seeds – look out for the giant fossilised oysters here too. The Isle of Wight also has some remarkable geology at locations such as Alum Bay with its multi-coloured sand cliffs.
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