The Dorset and East Devon Coast is well known to be very beautiful. The reason for that is in the relationship between the rocks and the sea.
A coastline takes shape through the sea and the weather pounding rocks and beaches over tens of thousands of years. The nature of a coastline depends on how the rocks and beaches react to the relentless energy from the sea and The Jurassic Coast has lots of different rocks that react in a wide variety of ways. The World Heritage Site is crammed with exceptional examples of natural coastal landforms of almost any kind imaginable. It is so rich in these features that scientists that study coastal landforms have described the World Heritage Site as an outdoor laboratory.
Scientists have spent years coming to study the landforms but many thousands of people come every year to enjoy the sheer beauty that all this variety creates.
Old Harry Rocks
This is the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast and where the youngest rocks on the world Heritage Site are exposed. Brilliant white chalk has been eroded into steep cliffs and the famous collection of sea stacks known as 'Old Harry Rocks'.
A new book that takes a quirky look at the Jurassic Coast has been published in time for Christmas – and it’s already proving to be a big hit. The Jurassic Coast – A Mighty Tale is published by The Jurassic Coast Trust and is written and illustrated by local artist Tim Britton.
Are you a Primary Teacher and need more help to effectively teach Rocks, Fossils and Evolution in your science curriculum? Then come and join us for a FREE training day led by Primary education consultant David Weatherly. Our special Big Jurassic Classroom Superteachers will also be on hand to take you through their own resources they have developed for the new Primary Science curriculum.
See the landmarks of Lyme Regis's most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Learn about the life of 'the greatest fossil hunter ever known'. Explore the town as Mary knew it, see where she lived and where she sold her fossils.
Adults £10, children and students £3. Click here for more information.
The Jurassic Coast Trust are running a Fossil Hunt on Sunday 8th March at Bowleaze Cove near Weymouth with UK Amateur Fossil Hunters.
There'll be a whole day's worth of expert-led fossil hunting for just £8 per person, £10 per couple or £15 for a family of four - with half the proceeds being donated to the Trust. Click here for full details and to book your place.