When Dinosaurs roamed Rye Bay

I was privileged today to have been invited to join a walk with a limited number of participants to Lee Ness to see first hand Iguanadon footprints in the rocks. The walk was organised by Andy Dinsdale who has  been organising Marine Conservation Society beach cleans locally for a number of years now (not just a litter pick as all items are categorised and recorded) and the man behind the Rye Bay Beachcoming Facebook page. Led by Ken Brooks a well known local geologist who has provided the material for an excellent display of the geology, fossils and a dinosaur footprint in the Visitor Centre  at the Country Park,  Ken told us that the footprints are only found in a layer in the cliffs known as the Lee Ness sandstone which due to a curvature in the geology called the Wealden anticline means that this sandstone layer is only above the beach for a relatively short distance.

Here is Ken looking at the footprint that he took a plaster cast of and has a fibreglass impression that he uses for his talks.

I was not expecting this, two footprints on one piece of rock!

Interesting flora on the undercliff included thrift, birds-foot trefoil, ling and oxeye daisy, plus on the beach, cormorants, a herring gull with a starfish and a male peregrine falcon flying past. A very enjoyable and informative afternoon and thanks to Andy and Ken for making it possible.

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