Triassic barry

The coastal area known as the Bendricks is one of the most prolific Upper Triassic dinosaur footprint sites in the UK

It’s incredible to think that 220 million years ago this area was a hot desert subject to flash floods with dinosaurs roaming through the muddy landscape. Over 400 dinosaur footprints have been discovered in the red siltstones that are found along the coast between Bendrick Rock and Sully. Several types of dinosaurs are recognised from their fossilised footprints, small, three-toed footprints were probably made by small, meat-eating (theropod) dinosaurs which walked on their hind legs. Large three-toed footprints may belong to larger theropod dinosaurs and some wider, four-toed footprints may belong to plant-eating dinosaurs which usually walked on all fours.

Bendrick Rock is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI); the rocks found here and the fossils and features they contain are internationally important. Collection of fossils and activities which damage the rocks here is prohibited. Responsible visitors are very welcome and can help keep this place special for others. If you see anyone damaging the rocks or collecting fossils please contact the police immediately.

Further information can be found at  https://geoconservationlive.org/sites/bendrick-rock/

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