Little Atherfield

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Little Atherfield is a village on the Isle of Wight. It is near the coast in the Back of the Wight. The Isle of Wight is situated off the south coast of England. According to the Post Office the 2011 Census population of the village was listed in the civil parish of Niton and Whitwell.


Atherfield bay nearby is one of the best sources of Cretaceous fossils. This is one of the places that gives the Wight the nickname "Dinosaur Isle" (see Dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight). The unique land formation on this coast means fossils up to 30 million years old are uncovered.[1]

The bay also marks the landward edge of the Atherfield Ledge, an underwater outcrop that has claimed many ships including the SS Eider and more.[2]


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Coordinates: 50°37′08″N 1°21′07″W / 50.619°N 1.352°W / 50.619; -1.352