People are being urged to take care on the coast and cliffs in Dorset after more severe weather over the Christmas period.
The public should beware of possible landslips, rockfalls, mudflows and quicksand – and pay full attention to any warning signs they encounter.
Erosion is a natural, ongoing process along this stretch of coast – and is one of the reasons why the Jurassic Coast was designated a World Heritage Site – but people must take care when out and about.
Exceptional rainfall over the past year has left some of the cliffs in an unusually unpredictable and unstable condition, with a heightened risk of additional landslides, mudslides and rock falls.
The advice, as always, is to stay well away from the cliffs and mudflows, and to beware of quicksand. Visitors should also be aware of the tides, as it is possible to become cut off from the normal exit points to and from the beaches.
Following landslips and subsidence, the South West Coast Path has been closed between Kimmeridge and Chapman’s Pool, and above the West Weares near Tout Quarry on Portland. People are also advised to stay away from North Beach at Swanage, which has seen substantial cliff falls, and are strongly advised to take heed of any warning signs – they are there for people’s safety.
Sally King, Jurassic Coast visitor manager, said:
“People are encouraged to continue to enjoy our beautiful coastal landscape. But we would urge them to use their common sense and avoid potential hazards, even if they are familiar with the area.”
In an emergency situation, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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.