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Is it Legal to take rocks/stones from the Beach

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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
I was down the beach tonight with the nippers after finishing work. To cut a long story short I found a big rock that I wanted for my Beardie (Bearded Dragon). Whilst carrying it back to the car I got some some funny looks. My Missus told me when I got home that it's cos it's illegal to take rocks from beaches. I've asked the google machine but get no relevant results. Anyone know?
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Yes, its illegal
#2
choc1969;5375231
Yes, its illegal

Naughty me then
#3
You no wot they say you learn something every day!! Well i never new that one!
#4
i had a nice rockery once thanks to rhyl beach
#5
ooo i dont know this neither....my dad used to tell me I would get arrested for stealing the shells cos the other kids wouldnt be able to play with them when I was younger...but I presumed that was just aversion tactics lol

If it is illegal to take the rocks/pebbles/shells then surely it must be illegal to go beach combing??? or take the fossils in cliffs?
#6
I just read it is technically illegal to take rocks/pebbles and even shells!!!

As they are all owned by someone!
#7
Not illegal to take shells but rocks, pebbles etc are an environmental issue so DEFRA have laws to keep beaches intact.......which is why you can buy rocks etc in DIY stores.....understandable really.
#8
amcol;5375256
I just read it is technically illegal to take rocks/pebbles and even shells!!!

As they are all owned by someone!


The local councils :roll:
#9
choc1969;5375264
Not illegal to take shells but rocks, pebbles etc are an environmental issue so DEFRA have laws to keep beaches intact.......which is why you can buy rocks etc in DIY stores.....understandable really.

My rock was washed up from international waters. I got a happier beardie now anyway. She prefers her new rock.
#10
Paddy_o_furniture
My rock was washed up from international waters. I got a happier beardie now anyway. She prefers her new rock.


just tell her to keep it quiet!!!! wouldnt want her locked up for handling stolen goods!!!! :w00t:
#11
tut tut:roll:
#12
Paddy_o_furniture;5375275
My rock was washed up from international waters. I got a happier beardie now anyway. She prefers her new rock.


my brothers fish tank is full of pebbles from Burnham beach :w00t:
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lil_tiger;5375280
just tell her to keep it quiet!!!! wouldnt want her locked up for handling stolen goods!!!! :w00t:

She just keeps bobbing at me tonight. She ain't done that in ages. I'll have to go back under the over of darkness for her sand. (not really she has wood bark stolen from the park)
#14
What about wood bark then, just touching on above (I never stole any) she has a wood bark hide that I bought, is it legal if out and about and you stumble across one of them to take it?
#15
Paddy_o_furniture
She just keeps bobbing at me tonight. She ain't done that in ages. I'll have to go back under the over of darkness for her sand. (not really she has wood bark stolen from the park)


When I went to Scarborough with a friend we brought back all (4) housemates rocks back....and since then we have painted and named them...they are our pet rocks and kindly hold our doors open for us :)....I guess they will need to go into hiding!!! lol
#16
lil_tiger;5375304
When I went to Scarborough with a friend we brought back all (4) housemates rocks back....and since then we have painted and named them...they are our pet rocks and kindly hold our doors open for us :)....I guess they will need to go into hiding!!! lol

They are already incognito, you have nothing to worry about
#17
lol i greatly enjoyed reading this thread :) very enlightening
banned#18
So I can blame you lot for the coastal erosion that is about to claim my house :cry:

no but seriously that's why you're not allowed to take the rocks, they break up the power behind the waves before they hit land. None of you do geography?
#19
Paddy_o_furniture;5375303
What about wood bark then, just touching on above (I never stole any) she has a wood bark hide that I bought, is it legal if out and about and you stumble across one of them to take it?


thats ok....as long as you didn't 'accidentally' chip it off a tree :whistling:
#20
lil_tiger
When I went to Scarborough with a friend we brought back all (4) housemates rocks back....and since then we have painted and named them...they are our pet rocks and kindly hold our doors open for us :)....I guess they will need to go into hiding!!! lol


ok who called theirs Rocky?:-D
#21
lumoruk;5375323
So I can blame you lot for the coastal erosion that is about to claim my house :cry:

no but seriously that's why you're not allowed to take the rocks, they break up the power behind the waves before they hit land. None of you do geography?


A Level :thumbsup:
#22
lumoruk;5375323
So I can blame you lot for the coastal erosion that is about to claim my house :cry:

no but seriously that's why you're not allowed to take the rocks, they break up the power behind the waves before they hit land. None of you do geography?

I done geography put I learnt more about population than owt else. Serious though, I never knew it was illegal. I laughed at my wife at 1st
#23
Charlie Scene
ok who called theirs Rocky?:-D


erm....well.....ahem.....:oops:
banned#24
choc1969
A Level :thumbsup:


alright smarty pants wasn't asking you....saying that I can't even remember doing geography when I moved schools, but then I did just settle for the comprehensive :thinking:
banned#25
choc1969
Yes, its illegal


Even if you bring it back in your shoes!
#26
I get my rock from the shops on the sea side :)

Taste good :)
#27
Well I'm at `rock bottom` after reading this. Can't cope
#28
lumoruk;5375357
alright smarty pants wasn't asking you....saying that I can't even remember doing geography when I moved schools, but then I did just settle for the comprehensive :thinking:


was still crap at orienteering lol only remember learning about sedimentary rock and how to plot a good site for camping :w00t:

jeffmills;5375450
Even if you bring it back in your shoes!


big shoes :? ?
#29
choc1969
big shoes :? ?


You know what they say about men with big shoes?


Large rockery. :thumbsup:
#30
wikipedia
In a BBC Radio 4 interview, [the novelist Ian] McEwan admitted to taking a few pebbles from Chesil Beach and keeping them on his desk while he wrote the novel [On Chesil Beach]. Protests by conservationists and a threat by Weymouth and Portland borough council to fine him £2,000 led the author to return the pebbles. "I was not aware of having committed a crime," he said. "Chesil Beach is beautiful and I'm delighted to return the shingle to it."


Just thought people might be interested in this.
#31
I'm more into International Rock Theft..... I've had part of Karnak Temple and some Pharoahs tomb in my back garden for the last 10 years or so :whistling:
#32
wow never knew this i always bring home some pebbles and rocks from the beach as momento's :oops:
#33
I never knew about this...I used to always scour the beach looking for momentos and now I know I was breaking the law...there goes my morals that I never intentionally stole something. :giggle:

The kids will be so disappointed when the beach police arrest them for finding unique rocks...sounds like the crime rate in this country is about to hit the roof...or sea even :lol:
1 Like #34
realfriendlyman
I never knew about this...I used to always scour the beach looking for momentos and now I know I was breaking the law...there goes my morals that I never intentionally stole something. :giggle:

The kids will be so disappointed when the beach police arrest them for finding unique rocks...sounds like the crime rate in this country is about to hit the roof...or sea even :lol:


Yep - I have all my rocks stashed away so that when CID burst the door down and arrest me for being a rock thief I can plead for leniency. I do get them out at night under the covers...to give em a quick polish. :whistling:

My understanding is that any large scale removal is illegal. ie for commercial purposes without licence but including taking away sand or gravel in quantities for your rockery etc. You cannot go with a trailer and stock up. The occasional 'pilfering' of pebbles or fossils is ok.

For gold and mineral extraction however I think you are allowed to take up to 1 tonne of material without licence for 'research and investigation' purposes.


[SIZE="1"](yes i am a geologist !!)[/SIZE] :oops:
#35
Well that's new to me
banned#36
I think its illegal.

I seem to recall reading about 2 men on Brighton Beach getting arrested for getting their rocks off.
#37
guv;5376228
I think its illegal.

I seem to recall reading about 2 men on Brighton Beach getting arrested for getting their rocks off.

Terrible!
#38
Its not clear cut though, sometimes after a walk on the beach stones will try to better themselves and escape their down trodden lives by lodging themselves in my shoes. I know I shouldn't but I usually give them asylum in my garden, they have all settled down and are enjoying the good life. Strangely they are all called Rocky....
1 Like #39
I'm lucky enough to live near LLangennith which has the most beautiful rocks and pebbles I have ever seen.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Rwm4vkA-ZTs/Rtgv72rYRsI/AAAAAAAAAbM/nfa5nV49rR4/s400/ls9.jpg Eat your hearts out, you rock stealers!:p
#40
Well ive made a full rockery, several wood bark fires and buckets full of shells :?

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