Free Jurassic Coast lectures from September

GLOBAL warming and the stunning beauty and diversity of the Jurassic Coastline and Exe Estuary are the focus of a series of free monthly lectures from September.

GLOBAL warming and the stunning beauty and diversity of the Jurassic Coastline and Exe Estuary are the focus of a series of free monthly lectures from September.

Exmouth Visitor Centre Trust have organised the events up to and beyond the opening of a new �1.5 million seafront interpretation and education centre.

If a funding application is successful the centre could be open in just two years, and would have a caf�, a shop and two spectacular 'audio visual' displays.

The events are being held Exmouth Community College and the first on September 10 and coincide with confirmation whether a �1 million Government funding bid is successful.


You may also want to watch:


The presentations are aimed at showing visitors the wildlife and natural resources on our door step - and also focus on the problems of climate change.

It also recognises that in some part the changes that created the different geological periods that make up the Jurassic Coast was caused, in part, by massive climate change.

Most Read

Chairman of the Exmouth Visitor Centre Trust, Captain David Conway, said: "(It makes the area)...the world's best classroom in which to provide an understanding of how climate change works."

"Within the Exe Estuary and along the Jurassic Coastline we enjoy, probably, the greatest area of bio-diversity in the British Isles.

"These presentations will not only be a celebration of our unique world heritage site but also a confrontation of the problems that face our world from climate change and human population growth."

The lecture programme is presented by a series of guest speakers, including Trust member, ecologist Rod Lawrence; the Met Office; Richard Edmonds, the earth Science Officer for the Heritage Site; Paul Gompertz, Director of Devon Wildlife Trust; Peter Exley from the RSPB and EDDC education ranger James Chubb.

The programme up to the end of 2009 is as follows:

* September 10 - Exe Valley Source to the Sea; a celebration of bio-diversity.

* October 8 -Exe Estuary and Jurassic Coast; exploring the enormous variety of animals and species.

* November 12 - Climate Change and Bio Diversity; how global warming changes the world around us.

* December 10 - Legacy of the Rocks, Learning From The Past; the geology of the Jurassic Coast.

The lecture programme continues through 2010 with a series of field trips also planned from next April.

The presentations will be given at the Telfer Suite, Gypsy Lane, commencing at 7.30pm; entry is free all are welcome and booking is not required.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter