The beach below the Reculver Towers looking back towards Herne Bay.
Photographer: Geoff Downer
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Grid Reference: TR113364
The Otterpool Quarry site shows the finest section through the Cretaceous Hythe Beds in East Kent and is of particular significance in showing the contact between this formation and the Sandgate Beds above.
The Hythe Beds are especially fossiliferous at this locality and are unusually rich in Ammonites of the deshayesi and bowerbanki Zones.
This is a key stratigraphic locality, both for the formations it exposes and its correlatable ammonite fauna.
For more information on this SSSI site visit the English Nature website.
(Regionally Important Geological Sites)
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