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The Coastline - Dorset South

Beaches possess a universal charm, attracting individuals from all walks of life with their irresistible blend of natural beauty, relaxation, and recreational opportunities. Firstly, the sheer splendour of beaches captivates the senses, from the soft sand underfoot to the expansive vista of shimmering water extending to the horizon. The...
Plus...England's 13 dirtiest beaches are awarded 'Brown Flag Awards' Dorset is England's cleanest county for swimming in the sea, according to a new league table. Almost 90% of Dorset's beaches are rated as 'excellent' for clean water in summer, according to UK travel site Holiday Park Guru, which analysed Environment Agency data from hundreds of...
As the one-year anniversary of the oil spill at Poole Harbour approaches, two reports have been published that look at the incident, the clean-up operation, and the local impacts of the spill. A report into the incident, undertaken by consultants Hatch, and commissioned by Dorset Council and BCP Council on...
Purpose: This is a joint update from the subgroups that feed into the Multi Agency Forum (MAF), which supports operational planning of the Bibby Stockholm barge in Portland. The MAF consists of representatives from the Home Office, Dorset Council, Portland Town Council, Weymouth Town Council, Dorset Police, Dorset &...
A coastal walk and public meeting with Wessex Water have been organised by local clean water campaigners. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting on Fri 15thMarch 7pm, Portland Community Venue.  Last month, fifty people took part in the Pollution Solution Community Assembly on Portland. Attendees recognised there are several sources of pollution into our seas and rivers, such as sewage, agricultural...
A new assessment that forecasts future flood risk in Weymouth town centre has been undertaken and published by Dorset Council. The study assesses the levels of flooding that could occur over the next 114 years in extreme weather events. It considers sea, river, rainfall and groundwater.  The Environment Agency (EA) carried...
Dorset Council will be carrying out essential beach maintenance from Monday 4 March at Greenhill, on Weymouth Esplanade. A section of the beach at Greenhill Gardens – from the Seascape Café heading south towards the Beach Café at the end of Brunswick Terrace – will be closed to the public...

Discovering the Purbeck coast

All the rocks in Dorset are sedimentary and were deposited in water, mostly in shallow seas. They were deposited during the Jurassic, Cretaceous and Tertiary between about 200 million years ago and 40 million years ago and vary considerably in hardness and therefore resistance to erosion. This is well displayed on the Isle of Purbeck...
This walk is best attempted when there is a low tide, especially a low spring tide (which occur around midday when there is a full moon and new moon).Slippery rocks also occur in places especially round the foot of Sandsfoot Castle so care should be taken. The coastal section is on the southern side of a geological...

Discovering Kimmeridge (2)

Kimmeridge has much of interest and one of the things to look out for is the oil well that has been producing since 1961. Despite being on the cliff top it is not particularly noticeable and is well camouflaged by drab paint. One of the most obvious things at the site is a nodding donkey pump...