Life before us - discover the fossils of the Jurassic Coast with local author
Tuesday 20th September 2016
Local author and geologist, Sam Scriven, is coming to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) Chesil Beach Centre to give a fascinating talk about the unique World Heritage Site and is fossils, based on his new book, Fossils of the Jurassic Coast on Saturday 24th September from 11am – 12.30pm.
Sam is a professional geologist who works for the Jurassic Coast Team as Earth Science Manager, and has a wealth of experience on the topic, which has inspired him to write his new book, Fossils of the Jurassic Coast.
Unearting a fossil is a wonderful moment
Sam said, “Unearthing a fossil, either your first or hundredth, is a wonderful moment, no matter what your age or level of interest is. The thought that you are the very first person to touch, or even see a fossil for millions of years is very special. My book will transport the reader into the past, using rocks, fossils and science to entertain and inform them about what creatures on earth were like before we came along. I’m really looking forward to giving this talk at the Chesil Beach Centre.”
The talk will also delve into the Mesozoic Era, exploring the monstrous creatures living along the Jurassic Coast.
There is something for everyone, whether you're a novice or an expert!
DWT’s Steph Aburrow from the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, said “We are looking forward to welcoming Sam to the Centre. His book includes a wealth of stunning photographs and specially commissioned illustrations and diagrams to demonstrate the treasures of the Dorset and East Devon coast. All ages are welcome to this talk, and there is something for everyone, whether you’re a novice or an expert!”
Signed copies of the book will be available
Enjoy Sam’s talk, tea and cake from the Taste* Café for just £6. Signed copies of the book will also be available. Booking is essential, secure your place and find out more information by calling the Chesil Beach Centre on 01305 206191. Alternatively, pop into the centre situated halfway along the A354 causeway between Weymouth and Portland, DT4 9XE.
Notes to editors
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
The Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 26,000 projects, allocating over £4 billion across the UK. This includes over £411 million to more than 2,600 projects across the South West. Website: www.hlf.org.uk.
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