Devil’s Toenails


The rocky scars, or flashes, that run out from Redcar into the Tees Bay, provide the best exposure of rocks of the Lower Jurassic succession in the north-east of England. The Scars have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). At low tide on the scars it is possible to see large beds of a fossil oyster whose scientific name is Gryphaea.  These fossils are commonly found on the beach between Redcar and Marske and are known locally as ‘Devil’s Toenails’.


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