In the Media

Ammonites were eaten by squid, say experts

Read the BBC News article Read about a new research paper published by the Geological Society which suggests why many ammonites on the Jurassic Coast have "bite marks" in the same place.

Portland Pupils Unearth Jurassic Coast Secrets

Read the OilVoice article Find out how young geologists from the Royal Manor Arts College have been kitted out for success thanks to funding from the Portland Gas Trust.

Preserving Culture and Natural Heritage is the Lesson of the Day

Read the TES article Read more about how this was delivered by 45 youths from five World Heritage sites in Scotland - and Bermuda

Jurassiccoast.com releases

Award made to champions of the Jurassic Coast

A new award to recognise people who have made an exceptional contribution to the Jurassic Coast was launched at the annual Jurassic Coast Seminar.

Winifred Funding Secured

The Seaton Visitor Centre Trust is very pleased to announce that they have been successful in a bid for funding from Making It Local, a locally managed grants scheme in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONB areas, incorporating funding from the EU, Defra, South West Regional Development Agency and Leader.

Jurassic Coast Makes its mark at Open4Business Awards

Jurassic Coast businesses can be proud of themselves. At the recent Open 4 Business World Class Business Awards three of the nine award winners also belong to the Jurassic Coast Quality Business Scheme.

Partner News

Cultural Olympiad

Cultural Olympiad information and support available for voluntary arts organisations
Information and support is available for voluntary arts organisations across the UK to get involved with the Cultural Olympiad. Voluntary Arts and Making Music have joined forces to appoint a Once in a Lifetime project officer whose role is to encourage voluntary arts organisations across the UK to make the most of the opportunities to participate in the Cultural Olympiad.

The role includes encouraging and supporting voluntary arts umbrella organisations to make Inspire Mark applications; building on links with LOCOG, the Creative Programmers and programme managers to ensure maximum involvement of voluntary arts groups in the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 ceremonies; and  publicising participation opportunities widely.

Once in a Lifetime project officer Helen Thomas said "The Cultural Olympiad offers some really exciting opportunities and taking part will enable us to showcase the wealth of UK arts and crafts to a global audience. Many voluntary arts organisations are realising the benefits and getting involved."

Read the Voluntary Arts brief The Voluntary Arts Cultural Olympiad briefing entitled "Seven ways to take part" is downloadable free of charge from the Voluntary Arts website. Case studies of voluntary arts organisations participating in the Cultural Olympiad can be seen at the same web address.

project updates

Coastal Change Pathfinder Project

The project team have completed the first round of scenario planning workshops in Sidmouth, Ringstead and Seatown. These workshops included presentation of the 'coastal change visualisations' produced by the project showing how the coast in these areas may change in the future.
The remaining workshops for Charmouth, Preston Beach Rd and New Swanage will run over the coming weeks, completing the first round of scenario planning by the beginning of December 2010.
A facilitation training course delivered by Dialogue Matters Ltd will be delivered in November to create a facilitation network to support future discussion about coastal change in communities.   
Find out more about the Coastal Change Pathfinder Project.

C-SCOPE Project update

Read the Dorsetforyou article One Bright Space has been awarded the contract for developing the Dorset Explorer Interactive website. An expected launch date is May 2011.   
The final report of the land and seascape assessment for the Dorset MMA has been published.

forthcoming events

C-SCOPE Community Road show Events

Residents are invited to see the Dorset coast as they've never seen it before at a series of road show events about the future of our marine environment.
The Dorset Coast Forum is hosting six events at towns and villages between Portland and Purbeck to involve local residents in a marine planning project called C-SCOPE. The events will give residents a chance to find out what a marine plan is and how it could help deliver sustainable development on Dorset's coast. There are also opportunities to feed into the marine plan by saying what activities happen where in Dorset waters, and any issues that arise from these activities. It is important that the marine planning process involves the people that use the Dorset coast and inshore waters for recreational activities or to earn their living.

The dates of the roadshows are:
Weymouth Pavilion, Sundeck Room -  Thursday 16 December 2010
Corfe Castle First School - Wednesday 8 December 2010
West Lulworth Village Hall -  Monday 24 January 2011
Easton Methodist Church Hall, Portland - Thursday 27 January 2011
Swanage Middle School - Tuesday 1 February 2011
Owermoigne Village Hall - Wednesday 2 February 2011
All the events will start at 6pm and finish at 7.30pm. Tea and cakes will be served and everyone is welcome. For more information or to register an interest in attending please contact Matilda Bark on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01305 224833

 Jurassic Coast Roadshows

A series of public meetings including presentations and opportunities to get involved will be held 4-7pm at:.
27 Jan Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth;
9 Feb Exmouth Council Chamber, Exmouth;
16 Feb Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton;
22 Feb Community 2000 Easton, Portland;
2 March Salt House, West Bay, Bridport;
3 March Mariners Hall, Beer; and
16 March Town Hall, Seaton.

Creative Coast Partner Project Events

Read the schedule of Creative Coast partner project events for Spring 2011:

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