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Coastal protection and management

Open Access along the Coast

Dorset has a stunning coastline which is internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site.

Dorset's coastline or 'Jurassic Coast'  was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001 by UNESCO .

The coastline is managed by various different organisations including National Trust Dorset Wildlife Trust and private landowners. The  Dorset Coast Forum is an organisation that promotes the sustainable use of Dorset Coastline and look at long-term issues that affect the future of our coastline.

Dorset County Council's Coastal Ranger Team is responsible for the management of the Dorset section of the South West Coast Path, the England Coast Path and coastal corridor. It also manages Durlston Country Park in Swanage, the Durlston Marine Project and works closely with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

Get involved

You can get involved with looking after our wonderful coastline in lots of different ways from adopting a section of the coast to helping with a local beach clean or recording sightings of dolphins and whales.

  • Chesil Beach from Portland's Coast PathCoastline - protection

    Coastline protection schemes that are in place across Dorset to reduce coastal erosion.

  • Bottle nose group taken by Ed.Harland Durlston Marine Project

    The Durlston Marine Project is our community-based marine awareness programme. It focuses on the Durlston Marine Research Area - a voluntary marine study area that extends 25km (15 miles) along the Purbeck coastline from St. Aldhelm's Head to South Haven Point.

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