It should not be surprising that, along 95 miles of coastline, a great variety of projects, developments, issues and opportunities arise. The Jurassic Coast Partnership works together to respond to threats to the World Heritage Site and to try and make the most of proposals that can be of benefit to our shared geological heritage.

The conservation case studies featured here explore some of the thinking behind our approach to Site conservation, and what it can look like when those principles are put into practice. The Jurassic Coast Trust often leads the conservation work on behalf of the Partnership, and as you will see below, this includes issues that can be large or small, but are rarely straightforward.

The Spyway Dinosaur Footprints project – August 2021

If bones provide proof that dinosaurs existed, then their footprints provide proof that they really did live and breathe and walk across the earth, as sure as we do now.

To really experience the awe and wonder of these incredible trace fossils, look no further than Spyway dinosaur footprints, just off the Priests Way, near Acton, Purbeck. This site has been subject to something of a conservation experiment, one that is about to take its next steps.

dinosaur footprints walks
The Spyway Dinosaur Footprints in Purbeck.

Portland Energy Reclamation Facility: A Burning Question – December 2020

A proposal to build a larger power station on Portland is currently being considered by Dorset Council.

The building itself will be enormous, and it will generate electricity by burning rubbish.

The cry has gone up from some “how can this be allowed on a World Heritage Site?” That’s a good question, but not one that has an easy answer.

Sunset at Portland Bill
Sunset at Portland Bill. © Steve Belasco -

River Restoration in the Lower Otter Valley – August 2020

In recent years, a scheme to restore the lower course of the river Otter at Budleigh Salterton  in East Devon has been taking shape.

The estuary behind Budleigh Salterton beach will be reverted to a more natural condition, overturning numerous interventions made by humans to try and tame it.

It promises to deliver something we don’t see very often – a development that makes a positive impact on the Jurassic Coast. Get the fireworks ready. We are going to celebrate this one!

Otterton Point, East Devon
Otterton Point, East Devon. © Ben Bawden

Recording the Lulworth Fossil Forest – February 2020

Cutting-edge drone technology and geoconservation combine to help us understand more about this fascinating slice of the Jurassic Coast, just around the corner from Lulworth Cove.

Read about how organisations teamed up to record this impressive site from the sky, whilst also improving access for more people to enjoy its marvels.

Natural England Drone Flight
Natural England staff flying the drone at the Lulworth Fossil Forest