The Jurassic Coast Trust is the independent charity responsible for managing the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The Trust was founded in 2003, following the designation of the Jurassic Coast as a World Heritage Site in 2001. In 2017, the Trust took on the responsibility of managing the World Heritage Site from the local authorities in Dorset and Devon.

With just 9 members of Staff supported by a Board of Trustees, 60 active volunteers and Ambassadors and 250 Members, we are a small charity with a big responsibility.

We work to protect and conserve the Jurassic Coast’s World Heritage Site status and to engage with and inspire the local communities that live and thrive within it. Read more about What We Do.

Our Vision is that everyone loves, understands and values the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

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East Cliff near West Bay, Dorset. © Steve Belasco -

Our Mission is to enable everyone to have the best possible experience of the Jurassic Coast, whether they want to learn, enjoy, work or study.

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Chesil Beach near Burton Bradstock, Dorset. © Steve Belasco -

To achieve our Vision and Mission, we work towards four Aims, as outlined below.

See What We Do for more detailed information on our current areas of priority.

To Protect the Jurassic Coast and its setting

We do this by understanding and contesting threats to the ongoing natural erosion that occurs along the coastline, and to developments that might have a negative impact on the way the Site is experienced.

We also work with fossil collectors, research organisations and museums to enable more of the unique and spectacular fossils from the World Heritage Site to be conserved, researched and ultimately put on display.

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Old Harry Rocks. © Steve Belasco -

To Engage with people and organisations

We do this in Dorset, East Devon and elsewhere to improve people and organisations’ experience of this incredible World Heritage Site.

Drawing on how the Jurassic Coast is, or might be important to them, we then act to improve their experience so that it makes a meaningful difference to their lives.

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Jurassic Coast Ambassador John Scott leads a guided walk at Worbarrow Bay in Purbeck. © Bella Ormerod

To Deepen our understanding of, and people’s connections with, the Jurassic Coast

The astonishing Earth Heritage of the Jurassic Coast gives us thousands of stories tell us about the planet, the natural processes that change it and the evolution of species over more than a third of the time of which life has been on Earth.

As custodians of the Outstanding Universal Value of the Site, our job is to demonstrate its relevance and significance, and that of World Heritage status, and facilitate further understanding and knowledge.

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Brittlestar fossil. © Fairlynch Museum (Budleigh Salterton) & Paul Carter

To Sustain the organisation financially and demonstrate exemplary governance

We do this through effective and transparent governance and financial management.

Successful fundraising – through our Members, Business Partners and other forms of Support – enables us to grow financially, allowing us to undertake our mission.

Good governance of both the Trust and the World Heritage Site ensures the implementation of the Site’s Partnership Plan into the future.

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Orcombe Point and the Geoneedle, Exmouth, East Devon. © Steve Belasco -

How We’re Funded

The Jurassic Coast Trust receives some grant funding from Dorset and Devon County Councils, Natural England and the Environment Agency.

The remainder of our financial support is generated from charitable giving, including from our Business Partners and Members, and from the sale of our publications and other merchandise. The Trust also receives grant funding for particular programmes of work.

The Jurassic Coast Trust’s registered charity number is 1101134. Read about What We Do for information on our current projects; for more information on our finances and governance, please see our Annual Reports.

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The Jurassic Coast Trust's 2019-20 Annual Review.

How you can help – Support Us, Get Involved & Stay in Touch

To support us in looking after the Jurassic Coast, you can:

To stay in touch with us and hear our news, sign up to our mailing list using the form at the bottom of this page, and follow the Jurassic Coast Trust on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can also see our current Job Vacancies.

Time to Inspire
Time to Inspire, the magazine for Jurassic Coast Trust Members and Business Partners.

Jurassic Coast Trust Staff Team

Our staff team are based at our office in Bridport. For details on our team members and their roles, please see our Staff page.

You can also view our contact information for ways of getting in touch. Media organisations please see our Press Office page.

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The Jurassic Coast Trust is run by a Board of Trustees.

We are all passionate about the Jurassic Coast and give our time voluntarily to oversee the running of our charity, to shape its direction, keep it on track and to work with our colleagues and partners towards our shared ambitions.

Read more about our Board of Trustees.

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Alex O'Dwyer, Chair of the Jurassic Coast Trust.