The World Heritage Site is protected through existing UK legislation that applies to Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's). There are thirteen SSSI's that cover all but 10.5km of the coast, typically divided at the gateway towns.
The Earth science interests are recognised through 66 Geological Conservation Review (GCR) sites that essentially define the core values of the World Heritage Site for geology, palaeontology, geomorphology and structure.
In addition to the geology, the SSSI's also protect wildlife interests and approximately 75% of the coast is also designated as Special Areas of Conservation under the European Habitat Directive, typically for rare Vegetated Sea Cliff communities; plants and animals that specialise in colonising broken and disturbed ground or salt sprayed sea cliffs.
The setting of the site is largely protected by the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) designations in all but Portland and a small part of East Devon. Landscape planning issues should be considered in the context of this landscape conservation measure unless applications have the potential to impact directly on the Outstanding Universal Value of the Site. Conservation areas within historic towns are a further measure to define appropriate development on the coast adjacent to the Site.
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.
This two hour session starts up at the Centre with a 20 minute talk from the Centre Warden about the fossils of Charmouth and how to find fossils on the beach. The group then heads out onto the beach with the wardens and spend the rest of the session looking for fossils.