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.
Here's a sneak peak at the home page of the new jurassiccoast.org:
We are running a Testing Session for the new site next Friday, 27th November, at 2pm at County Hall in Dorchester.
If you'd like to come along and put the new site through its paces, please let Guy know -
. We would love to have you along and hear what you think!
Our Jurassic Coast Ambassadors have been busier than ever. Here's some of the things they've been up to all along the coast over the last few months.
Emily Cowper-Coles accompanied the Jurassic Coast's Youth delegation to the 2015 World Heritage Youth Summit, held in Blaenevon in Wales. Emily acted as a mentor and expert for the young representatives of our World Heritage Site. You can read all about the Summit from Youth representative Hannah Graham here.
Martin Curtis recently spoke at Dorchester Children's Centre's "Saturdads" group. Martin spoke all about the value of fossil hunting on the beach as a fun, free and healthy family activity. He showed some top finds from his personal collection and spoke to the Dads in attendance about the best spots on the coast to look for fossils, and how easy they are to access.
Our East Devon Ambassadors assisted at our first ever event for Ladram Bay Holiday Park, one of the Jurassic Coast Trust's new Business Partners. Tony spoke to park guests about the history of the World Heritage Site, and Tony and Donald led a walk from the park, with its iconic red sea stacks, to Sidmouth. The event was very well-received, and will hopefully be the first of many that we run at Ladram Bay.
Tony speaks about the history of the Jurassic Coast
Trevor and John try out our new ACME Ammonite Racer tyres.
Steve Snowball recently contributed some terrific facts about what Weymouth and Dorset were like during the last Ice Age for Jurassic Skyline's Winter Flights programme. You can read Steve's facts here.
The Jurassic Coast Trust is partnering with the South West Coast Path Association and East Devon AONB Partnership for a "Coast & Countryside" dinner on Saturday 26th September at Higher Wiscombe in East Devon.