Devon Wildlife Trust

Established as a registered charity in 1962, the Devon Wildlife Trust holds a unique and influential position. Unique because it is the only independent organisation concerned with all aspects of wildlife conservation in Devon.  Influential because it is a member of The Wildlife Trusts partnership, a nationwide network dedicated to the achievement of Living Seas and a Living Landscape in the UK.  Between us we have more than three quarters of a million members and care for over 2,000 nature reserves.

The Devon Wildlife Trust has more than 31,000 members and 48 nature reserves throughout the county totalling approximately 4,000 acres.  It is closely involved in land and marine management, wildlife surveying, conservation policy and education.  DWT employs over 70 highly qualified staff, including specialists in all aspects of wildlife conservation, whilst hundreds of people, members and others, work with the organisation on a voluntary basis.

The Devon Wildlife Trust operates three visitor centres:

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Seaton Jurassic

Seaton Jurassic is Devon Wildlife Trust’s first flagship visitor attraction and will tell the story of the Jurassic Coast, bringing to life the extraordinary geology and unlocking the secrets of the past.

With the story of life as the central theme, Seaton Jurassic is an unforgettable experience for people of all ages and engages visitors with their natural heritage.

Wembury Marine Centre

Near Plymouth has interactive displays about the marine environment and rocky shore. The beach and surrounding coast are designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and are home to a huge range of marine and coastal wildlife.

Wembury Marine Centre

Cricklepit Mill

In Exeter, is a 17th century water mill, restored to working order, which is our headquarters. The mill is open to visitors 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. Milling days take place several times a year


East Devon District Council

East Devon District Council (EDDC) aims to create an outstanding and sustainable quality of life for everyone in East Devon.  EDDC recognises that East Devon’s natural heritage is a key part of what makes the area an outstanding place to live, work, visit and enjoy a range of social and leisure activities. Over 14 years EDDC has worked with a range of partners to develop Seaton Jurassic, which aims to engage thousands of people with the natural heritage every year and to spearhead the area’s regeneration and protection.

East Devon is characterised by fantastic landscapes of national importance, with two thirds of the district designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The East Devon AONB covers some 270sq km of stunning landscape between Exmouth and Lyme Regis and up to Honiton. North of Honiton is the Blackdown Hills AONB.

The Council’s investment in Seaton Jurassic reflects its recognition of the value and importance of East Devon’s natural assets in and around the town of Seaton on the Jurassic Coast. By working with the Devon Wildlife Trust to establish Seaton Jurassic, EDDC aims to extend and deepen its existing work with people and with conservation, whilst stimulating the economy of Seaton and driving forward wider regeneration plans for the town.

East Devon District Council

Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team & Jurassic Coast Trust

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team’s role is to, in essence, look after the Jurassic Coast for the benefit of all the people of the world.  The Team was formed after the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) put the Dorset and East Devon Coast on the World Heritage list in 2001 for its globally important geology and geomorphology.  Hosted by Dorset County Council, and co-supported by Devon County Council along with Natural England and the Environment Agency, we are a small team based in Dorchester who work with partners all the way between Exmouth in East Devon and Swanage in Dorset on projects covering education, conservation, sustainable tourism, promotion and advocacy.  We work closely with our sister body, the Jurassic Coast Trust, a charity set to fundraise for and deliver education, community and conservation projects along the coast.

The Team has been working with the project in Seaton since 2004 when a coast-wide consultation with the coastal towns led to the publishing of a document called the Jurassic Coast Interpretation Action Plan (IAP).  The visitor centre concept in Seaton – to celebrate Seaton’s place in the Jurassic Coast story – was a key project identified in the IAP, and the Team has worked closely with the local groups and councils to help it become a reality over the last 11 years.