Dorset is shrinking: coastal erosion on the Jurassic Coast

You can see it happening if you head to the coast. Mud slides and rock falls mean that along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, more land is lost to the sea every year.

Next time you’re by the sea, step a few yards inland and imagine how long it will be before the ground on which you’re stood crumbles away. It may not be very long at all.

Wrong place, wrong time

Rock falls happen suddenly. We can know that they’re going to happen, but what’s much harder to predict is exactly when. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is unlikely, but that doesn’t help much if it happens to you.

The danger zone

We can help you stay safe at the coast. Please don’t stray into the danger zone underneath the cliffs – it’s better to admire these sculpted golden buttresses from a distance, without putting yourself at risk. And please do read our warning signage – it’s important stuff, and it’s there to help you.

Stay safe this summer

We look after this part of the Jurassic Coast for you to enjoy. You can walk the dog along the South West Coast Path, admire the ravishing view, splash about in the sea and have a well-deserved ice cream – all while staying safe and having a great day out. Just remember - Dorset is shrinking, and you really don’t want to be in the way the next time we lose a bit of it.

For more advice

The British Geological Survey has made a short video about keeping safe on the coast this summer. It was filmed at Llantwitt Major in South Wales, a similar site to Burton Bradstock. 

Watch the video on YouTube