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Ali Fer­ris from Charmouth Her­itage Coast Cen­tre tells us what to look for.

“Af­ter the win­ter weather we would ex­pect to find fool’s gold am­monites, belem­nites aplenty, crinoids, shells and hope­fully bones of the Juras­sic sea mon­sters – yes re­ally!

Book a guided fos­sil walk at

On Sun­day 20 Jan­uary we are join­ing forces with Plas­tic Free Charmouth for a beach clean. Please do come along to this free event and help fight the tide of plas­tic. Equip­ment is pro­vided, meet at Cen­tre steps at 11am (fin­ish 12.30pm).

The At­ten­bor­ough Sea Dragon will stay on dis­play at the Cen­tre for an­other year. Find our open­ing times at which also lists all our Fe­bru­ary half term events in­clud­ing daily fos­sil walks and chil­dren’s art and craft ac­tiv­i­ties.” Jim Gale from Lul­worth Cove Vis­i­tors Cen­tre shares his favourite view.

“One of my favourite lo­ca­tions is Bin­don Hill. Lul­worth Cove backs onto the hill, yet very few vis­i­tors make the climb and en­joy what this su­perb van­tage point has to of­fer. This chalk bas­tion is home to an in­cred­i­ble 32 of the UK’s 52 but­ter­fly species and is one of the premier sites in the coun­try to see a wide va­ri­ety of but­ter­flies and moths.

The hill hosts an Iron Age hill­fort which ex­tends into the Army Ranges to Ar­ish Mell to the east. Look­ing sea­wards, the true scale of Lul­worth Cove is ap­par­ent, and as you make your way down the steps (not for the faint-hearted) on the east side of the hill you are treated to what must be one of the most breath­tak­ing views in the British Isles.”

Jim Gale walk­ing on the coast path at Lul­worth 'This is one of the premier sites in the coun­try to see a wide va­ri­ety of but­ter­flies and moths'

Fos­sil hunt­ing on Charmouth beach

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