I was just wondering, if I ever found a fossil on public land, would I be able to sell it?
Is it like In America where you can only sell invertebrate and plant found on public land on eBay?
I don't know, but there must be document on the net, such as this one: http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/downloads/Code%20of%20conduct/Foreshore%20code%20of%20conduct.pdf
Contact these people in the UK:
Yes, I really don't know. Why are you asking?
I'm not a geologist or a palaeontologist. I do not collect anything. I only take pictures, mostly of birds.
I thought that after two months of Dan's question remaining unanswered, I could at least recommend some organisations that must have this type of information.
Hi Dan - I don’t think there is a problem either ethically or legally but you should make yourself familiar with the codes of conduct that Florin has provide the links to. For example there are 'rules' when collecting on protected geological sites such as the Jurassic coast - my understanding is that anything found on the foreshore is fair game but you are not allowed to excavate the cliff (it's dangerous for starters).
You will see that eBay is full of UK fossils for sale and as much as anything I guess purchasers are paying for the time of the collector, preparation of the specimen and associated information.
The most useful thing you can do if you are to sell any that you have found is to make sure that the locality data is passed on to the purchaser - it might be me who is buying it