The Fossil Man


Martin Simpson, known on the Isle of Wight as 'the Fossil Man', runs the fossil and gem shop at Gem Cottage in Godhsill. He is also an established expert on Cretaceous fossil crustaceans and has produced important papers on the Cretaceous Lower Greensand Group. He has produced popular books on fossils, including Fossil Hunting on Dinosaur Island and Daisy and the Isle of Wight Dragon, and was heavily involved in the excavation of a significant specimen of the ankylosaur Polacanthus.



Isle of Wight Fossil Hunts

Martin and his colleagues run guided fossil hunting trips for school groups, families and tourists throughout the year.

Guided fossil hunting trips last two hours and cost:

£4 for adults

£3 for children and seniors

£12 for a family of four group (two adults and two children) 

£14 for a family of five group (two adults and three children)


School visits cost £3 per pupil (for groups of twenty pupils or more) with adults and teachers free.  Please enquire for smaller group rates.


If you would like to book onto a Fossil Hunting Trip please contact Jenny on 01983 740493, mobile 07880986637 or email

Private trips, birthday party trips and specialist group trips are also available.

Please enquire for more details.