The first part of 2011 will see the Jurassic Coast Team and partners out on the road, and coming to a Town Hall near you. We are undertaking an extensive set of public meetings in this, the 10th anniversary year of the coast's inscription on the World Heritage List.
The meetings, which will mainly take place in the Gateway Towns, are being done for a number of reasons. The first is to update members of the public about what has been going on along the World Heritage Site over the last 9 years, and there is lots to talk about. The second is to introduce people to the Site's Management Plan and look forward to see what's in store in the coming years. The final reason, and arguably the most important, is to tell local residents how they can get involved in the Site's management, whether through helping at events, on conservation projects, through the Quality Business Scheme or through being an Ambassador.
The meetings will comprise a drop-in session, with displays and activities for kids, and then an hour-long presentation followed by time for questions. Look at the list below and for more details in your local media. We look forward to seeing you there.
The following public meetings 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.
Following wide spread media coverage of a crack that has opened up on the South West Coast path, Dorset County Council is reminding visitors and residents that it is still safe to enjoy the coastline and beaches as long as the ever present natural hazards are treated with respect.
Dorset County Museum has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new Collections Discovery Centre project. The main aims of the project are to provide a new state of the art learning centre, better archive and storage facilities and better public access to displays of the Museum’s vast collection.
The birthday of world-famous palaeontologist Mary Anning on 21st May is celebrated with the launch of the Special Edition ‘Fossil Hunter’ Lottie doll; a collaboration between award-winning toy company Arklu, TrowelBlazers, an international, not-for-profit group celebrating women in palaeontology, geology and archaeology, and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
This two hour session starts up at the Centre with a 20 minute talk from the Centre Warden about the rocks and 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.
£7.50 adult, £3 child. Click here for more details.
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.
Join the Marine Warden on a Rockpool Ramble to explore the fascinating creatures of the seashore and how they live, love and do lunch! Suitable for any age, this event is run at Broad Ledge in Lyme Regis and lasts for one hour 30 minutes.
Explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon. Use your detective skills to hunt for tracks and signs of marine wildlife along the shore. Spy anemones, sea squirts and scurrying crabs with our underwater seascopes.
Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre. Wellies advised. Adults £2, Children £2.
Explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon.Use your detective skills to hunt for tracks and signs of marine wildlife along the shore. Spy anemones, sea squirts and scurrying crabs with our underwater seascopes.Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre. Wellies advised. Adults £2, Children £2.Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,DT4 9XE