East Devon forms the Oldest part of the Jurassic Coast
from the Triassic period,
250-200 million years ago.
to the East Devon Jurassic Coast
On the 13th December 2001, the UNESCO
World Heritage Committee announced that the East Devon and Dorset Coast had been
officially listed as a natural World Heritage Site - the only one in England.
The award was granted due to the coast's outstanding geology, which offers
a near complete record through 185 million years of Earth History. This geological
story is accessible to all of us through 95 miles of stunning landscape.
The range of features - landslides, beaches bays and cliffs - is "probably unparalleled
anywhere else" according to the International Association of Geomorphologist's.
Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site or 'Jurassic Coast' is England's
first natural World Heritage Site.
There are 788 World Heritage Sites
around the world, 611 are of cultural significance, 154 are noted for natural
features and 23 are mixed.
Great Britain has 4 other natural
sites; The Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, The Island of St Hilda, west of
the Outer Hebrides and two remote islands in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
These are now joined by the Dorset & East Devon Coast World Heritage Site,
95 miles of unspoilt cliffs and beaches, Gateway towns and the South West Coast
Path. Please click here for more information at Jurassic