UNESCO Jurassic Coast of Devon and Dorset

Our outdoor space is the region from East Devon in the east to the Isle of Wight in the west, and the superb coastline of Dorset in-between. Geologists call this region the Wessex-Channel Basin. It has a superb variety of Mesozoic and Cenozoic sedimentary rocks and fossils and is a world-class learning and research centre.

Monmouth Beach, looking east to Lyme Regis, Stonebarrow and Golden Cap

What is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

UNESCO created the World Heritage programme in 1972 to link international conservation efforts to conserve and protect natural and cultural heritage of global importance. Every UNESCO World Heritage site has Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) that describes why the site is exceptional on the world stage and deserves World Heritage status, to put another way one of most remarkable places on Earth.

Chapman’s Pool, looking east towards St Aldhem’s Head

UNESCO Statement of Outstanding Universal Value of Dorset and East Devon Coast (Jurassic Coast)

A 155km coastline of cliffs and beaches between Orcombe Point in East Devon and Studland Bay in Dorset was inscribed on the World Heritage List by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2001 due the Outstanding Universal Value of it’s geology, palaeontology and geomorphology.

The Dorset and East Devon Coast…..

...has an outstanding combination of globally significant geological and geomorphological features.

…has outstanding examples of coastal geomorphological features, landforms and processes.

…is considered by geologists and geomorphologists to be one of the most significant teaching and research sites in the world.

…has continuing significance as a high quality teaching, training and research resource for the Earth sciences.

Jurassic Coast Partnership Plan 2020-2050