Fossil fever is catching. Lyme Regis sits in one of the most unstable sections of Britain's coast, and regular landslips mean nuggets of prehistory keep tumbling from the cliffs.
Joining a guided walk aids explorations. Three miles east of Lyme, the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre runs one to seven trips a week (adult/child £8/4). Or, in Lyme itself, Lyme Regis Museum holds three to seven walks a week (adult/child £12/6); local expert Brandon Lennon also leads expeditions. All walks are popular, so book early.
For the best chances of a find, visit within two hours of low water. If you do hunt by yourself, official advice is to check tide times and collect on a falling tide, observe warning signs, keep away from cliffs, only pick up from the beach and always leave some behind for others. Oh, and tell the experts if you find a stunner.