Birling Gap best for fossil hunts, says kids’ comic

Views from Birling Gap, May 29th 2013 E22202P
Views from Birling Gap, May 29th 2013 E22202P

Birling Gap is the best place for fossil hunting, according to the National Trust and British children’s comic The Beano.

The local beauty spot is to feature in this week’s issue, which goes on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 21).

The Beano has featured five of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾. Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters has been named by the popular comic as the best place to hunt for fossils and bones.

The trust’s 50 things campaign aims to encourage children to play outdoors and connect with nature.

It seems to be working because the UK’s most well-known menaces, Dennis and the gang, have decided to join in the fun.

The comic features Kai Bickley, one of the National Trust kid’s councillors and the ambassador for fossils, hunting for them among the pebbles on the beach at Birling Gap.

Catherine James, visitor experience manager at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, said, “We’re delighted to be featuring in this week’s Beano.

“You never know what you might find when you turn over the pebbles on our beach; it is a fantastic place to search for 100 million year old fossils.

“We have lots of the 50 things activities for kids to try outdoors, including fossil hunting and rock pooling for those interested in finding crazy creatures in the water.”

The Birling Gap issue of The Beano is on sale on Wednesday (August 21).

Birling Gap has one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast.

One minute you can be walking on ancient downland, the next you could be rockpooling below towering cliffs of chalk. Spectacular, unspoilt views of the sea can be seen from all angles.

The beach below is ideal for seaside picnics with its rock pools and areas of pebbles and sand. It is a great example of a marine nature reserve.

There is also more than 500 acres of open chalk grassland the area is rich with butterflies and Downland flowers

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The National Trust and Beano are urging families to get involved in the Wild Time challenge and try to complete 25 of the 50 things this summer. Visit art provided by D.C. Thomson and Co)