The New Forest

James Barnet
This book is intended to be the most complete and up-to-date guide to the geology and fossils of the New Forest, providing a wealth of information of interest to both the amateur fossil collector and the professional geologist. It includes some 200 field photographs, palaeogeographic maps, digitised borehole/outcrop logs, and geological cross sections. Also included is a tour of the regional geological evolution of southern England since the Permian Period (-280 million years ago), based on deep boreholes and coastal exposures, including the world-famous Jurassic coast of Dorset and east Devon. The author discusses the petroleum geology of southern England and the New Forest and gives a detailed overview of the stratigraphy of the Hampshire Basin, followed by related aspects of economic geology within this area, including ironstones, freshwater aquifers, geothermal energy, sand, clay and peat resources. Finally, there is an up-to-date and complete account of the principal fossil localities, together with a comprehensive gallery of photographs with accompanying descriptions of the most abundant fossils within the New Forest National Park.
The New Forest by James Barnet

About the author

Dr James Barnet grew up in the New Forest and became interested in its geology at an early age. With a first class master's degree and a PhD in Geology, James has worked in the petroleum industry and is now a post-doctoral researcher at the University of St Andrews. This book represents the culmination of almost thirty years' experience of fossil hunting and geological study in and around the New Forest, as well as along the Jurassic coast.

Press Reviews

There are lots of good UK guides like this one, to areas such as Dorset and Yorkshire, and many areas of Scotland and Wales, for example.. another excellent example of that genre. In fact, this is the book is the first I have seen on the New Forest of Hampshire.

- John Trevelyan

Dr Barnet's guide is a handy and well written book that any geologist - professional or amateur - interested in Palaeogene life will find informative and of practical use.

- Dr David M. Jones, OUGS Proceedings Editor

Before visiting a new area, I always like to check out the geology (doesn’t everyone?) and will definitely be taking this book with me when I go to the New Forest. The aim of being a complete guide to the geology and fossils of the area is achieved in an engaging and accessible way.

- Caroline Jones