287 pages, 500+ colour photos, colour illustrations and colour maps
This is a guide on how and where to collect fossils in England and Wales. It provides invaluable advice for the amateur collector; whether a beginner or a seasoned hand. Each of the many localities described (more than 50) contains up-to-date information regarding the geology, the stratigraphy, the exposures available (including details about safety and access), the best places to look for fossils at the location and what to look for once you are there. It also examines how fossils can be prepared and preserved, labelled and displayed, in addition to a brief history of British fossil collecting.
"We are very lucky in this country, we have some magnificent British countryside to enjoy in conjunction with a rich and diverse geology. Fossil collecting can be a great way to explore the natural world. Surrounded by stunning scenery, allowing you a brief disconnect from a busy lifestyle, travelling back in time to explore ancient, prehistoric worlds and the myriad of plants and animals that inhabited them. [...] Knowledge gained from leading numerous UKAFH fossil hunting trips has been woven together to fill a gap in the publishing industry's portfolio, here is a book written by passionate fossil collectors, for fellow enthusiasts and, for those just starting out. [...] Straight forward guides to stratigraphy, fantastic fossil pictures and jam-packed with helpful tips and advice, A Guide to Fossil Collecting in England and Wales, is an ideal reference for students, amateurs, professionals and for families looking for a rewarding day out. Make room on your bookshelf for this publication, although we suspect it won't stay on there for long, it will be out with you, providing a worthy companion to your own time travelling adventures."
– Everything Dinosaur Blog (December 31, 2016)
"This book fills a long-standing void. There is no other book that covers more than 50 UK fossil hunting localities in such detail. [...] The book will no-doubt appeal to amateurs, professionals and students and will likely be a starting point for any future UK palaeontologist."
– From the foreword by Dean R. Lomax
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Steve Snowball and Craig Chapman are the driving forces behind UKAFH (UK Amateur Fossil Hunters), the U.K.’s largest fossil hunting organisation. Their experiences have translated into UKAFH’s highly successful program of fossil hunting events, many of which are featured in this book.