The Jurassic Coast Trust is the independent charity responsible for managing the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. To achieve our Vision and Mission, we work towards four Aims, as outlined below.

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.

old harry rocks
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.

A great example of a recent engagement project was Dippy on Tour in 2018, for which we were a major partner alongside Dorset County Museum and the Natural History Museum.

During the 2020 COVID-10 pandemic, we are engaging people with the coast through our Home Learning Activities.

dippy sleepover
A sleepover for Julia's House Children's Hospice with Dippy the dinosaur in 2018. Photo © Dominic Old

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.

A recently launched project that aims to deepen our understanding is the Jurassic Coast Collection fossil project.

jurassic coast collection cricket
An exceptionally well-preserved cricket from the early Jurassic Period, registered for the Jurassic Coast Collection.

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.

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