World Heritage

Sir David Attenborough at the unveiling of the Weymouth Bay Pliosaur fossil
Sir David Attenborough at the unveiling of the Weymouth Bay Pliosaur fossil

The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site and a jewel in the crown of the world’s natural places. Anyone who knows it, knows that it is somewhere to stand and stare through the millions of years of time and just say ‘wow’. Others will recognise that it is a World Heritage Site and expect to find it ‘outstanding’.

“The World Heritage Site [status] is an extremely prestigious but well-earned distinction for the Jurassic Coast. It is indeed of worldwide importance and a place of great fascination to anyone interested in the history of life on this planet.”

Sir David Attenborough OM CH FRS

Looking after the Site to maintain its high quality is complex, and is undertaken by a group of organisations which collectively are known as the ‘Jurassic Coast Partnership’, and has been given this responsibility by the UK Government. For more details about who looks after the Jurassic Coast click here.

It is our vision that World Heritage Status in Dorset and East Devon will inspire people to:

  • Safeguard the Site for future generations in the best possible condition
  • Celebrate, understand and enjoy it, and;
  • Help World Heritage become a vibrant strand of the life of Dorset and East Devon, benefiting local people, visitors and the environment

Our aims are:

  1. To Protect the Site’s Outstanding Universal Value and setting.
  2. To Conserve and enhance the Site and its setting for science, education and public enjoyment.
  3. To strengthen understanding and awareness of the Outstanding Universal Value of the Site, and of World Heritage.
  4. To support communities in realising the economic social and cultural opportunities and benefits that World Heritage Status can bring.
  5. To improve sustainable access to the Site, and enable visitors to enjoy a welcoming experience and high quality facilities.
  6. To support and demonstrate exemplary World Heritage Site Management.

To find out more about the management of the World Heritage Site have a look at the Management Plan or contact us.

The Globe at Durlston

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site lies along the coast between Orcombe Point in East Devon and Studland Bay in Read More…

Ammonites such as this are impossible to extract and attempts to do so only lead to their destruction. Kimmeridge is a place to look at fossils rather than collect them.

Looking after the Site is more than looking after land itself, a job which is very ably done by landowners Read More…

Geoneedle at Orcombe Point, photo: David Westcott

World Heritage status is not automatically given to a Site by the UK Government or the United National Educational Scientific Read More…