A site consisting of cliff and foreshore, Whitecliff Bay is one of the few sites in the Society’s list picked for its outstanding geological features – exposed clay and chalk beds from the Eocene (56-34 million years ago) and Cretaceous periods (145-65 million years ago), respectively. These beds are renowned for their fossil finds. Although the site has been impacted upon by holiday developments and coastal defences, it is still a thriving Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), noted for its geology and its wildlife. Now managed by Natural England.
(Above) the original SPNR survey documents for Whitecliff Bay