How this location makes the Jurassic Coast a World Heritage Site:
150 million year old black clays record marine life towards the end of the Jurassic Period and are a natural source of oil. Beneath the sea here are important habitats, rich in marine life and protected by Dorset Wildlife Trust
How this Centre showcases the geology and associated local stories:
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge Bay is the key location to explore and learn about the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve. Go rockpooling with the centre wardens or follow the snorkel trail, or visit the centres marine tanks to see the wonderful local marine life without getting wet. The story of the rocks at Kimmeridge involves prehistoric marine monsters, local jewellery crafts and an internationally important source of oil. The centre has displays about all these things and there is even an active oil well in operation on the other side of the bay - a nodding donkey that has been working for over fifty years.
The active landslides of Black Ven and Stonebarrow readily release fossils onto the beach. Visit the Centre and see the superb display of local finds then join a fossil hunting walk to discover your own.
Welcome to the Dorset County Museum, where the story of Dorset's rich landscape unfolds in a range of fascinating displays. The Museum was founded in 1846 to help protect and record the county's unique historical and natural environment.
There is a wealth of information on the rich marine life at Kimmeridge Bay and the surrounding Purbeck Voluntary Marine Nature Reserve. The centre also offers 'Snorkelling for softies' and a live underwater camera.
Dramatically contorted layers of hard and soft rock eroded by the sea to create spectacular features, contrast with a sheltered cove. Have a look at the displays in the Centre which tell the story of Lulworth as the first rocks formed, to the landscape and village you see today.
A range of Lyme Regis' famous fossils can be seen in the geological galleries. You can also take a journey through the local history of Lyme and discover the fascinating life of fossil hunter, Mary Anning, whose fossil collecting began the study of geology.
Seaton Jurassic is the new exciting visitor attraction for East Devon that will tell the uniquely powerful story of the geology and marine ecology of the Jurassic Coast, England's first Natural World Heritage Site. Opening spring 2016.
The Fine Foundation Centre run by Beer Village Heritage is situated on the left at the bottom of Sea Hill, Beer and tells the stories of the village of Beer and its place along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Encounter the colossal Chesil Beach which protects the fragile habitats of the Fleet Lagoon behind. Learn more about the formation of this great barrier beach and the rich wildlife and history associated with it.
Wareham Museum's geology display makes the connection between the Wytch Farm oil field and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site which is the same rock sequence but tilted on its side and exposed by the sea.
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.
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.
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.
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