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Old Jurassic Coast photos and stories wanted

PHOTOGRAPHS and stories from along the Jurassic Coast of Dorset and East Devon are being sought to help explain the past and perhaps shape the future.

The last Labour Government gave Dorset and Devon county councils, plus numerous partners, £376,500 to explore how seaside communities might adapt to meet the challenges of coastal change.

Dorset and East Devon Coastal Change Pathfinder Project team members now want people to let them have photographs or written accounts of coastal erosion, flooding, storm events and changing coastal defences in Swanage, Ringstead, Preston Beach Road and Bowleze Coveway, Weymouth, Seatown, Charmouth, and Sidmouth and Pennington Point in East Devon.

1930s Scouts look out to sea, but it's the coastline stretching out west past Eype and Seatown that draws the modern eye.

A modern view from the same cliff path as above. Photograph by Stephen Williams, reused under Creative Commons Licence.

Contributions will be used to illustrate how the coast has changed in the past and provide the basis for visualisations of how it may change in the future.

Project coordinator Rupert Lloyd, said: “Perhaps you have a photograph showing how one of these areas looked in the past, or showing a major storm or landslip? Maybe you can provide a written account of how the coast has changed in these settlements?

“These personal accounts will be invaluable to the project and we would love to hear from you.”

Contributions can be submitted – up until the end of September – by email to a.potter@dorsetcc.gov.uk or by post to The Jurassic Coast Pathfinder Team, Environmental Directorate, Dorset County Council, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ.

Pathfinder Team Note: If you would like your contribution returned please include your postal address. Please note that any information submitted may be used by the project in community engagement activities and future publications. All materials submitted should be copyright free. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the project team on (01305) 225515.

Editor’s Note: The partners involved in the Dorset and East Devon Coastal Change Pathfinder Project are: Dorset County Council Devon County Council East Devon District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, parish and town councils, the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team, Dorset Coast Forum, Devon Maritime Forum, Environment Agency. English Heritage, Natural England, National Trust, Dorset AONB Partnership, environmental groups and local civic societies, RSPB.