From Birling Gap car park, head down the steps to the beach for an excellent spot to take a glimpse into the past. The whole family can hunt for fossils in the chalk falls on the beach. It is always a great time of year to uncover hidden treasures.
Grab a tracker pack from the visitor centre and start your detective work. The best time of day to look is at low tide, so check out the tide times before you set out.
The rock pools that appear as the tide goes out are full of fish, anemones and marine creepy crawlies. Look out for the beady red eyes of the fierce velvet swimming crab, count the arms on a Sunstar starfish or see how many shrimp you can find.
Once the tide comes in you can comb the strandline looking for the dark empty egg cases of skates and rays, known locally as ‘mermaid’s purses.