The Dinosaurs have landed…

Exmouth’s hotly anticipated Dinosaur Trail, Jurassic Safari, is taking shape and you will soon be forgiven for thinking a time-space anomaly has occurred, catapulting Exmouth back millions of years to a land that time forgot.

Exmouth Town Team in partnership with Exmouth Town Council, EDDC, Jurassic Coast Team and local businesses (which includes Ladram Bay) are delighted to announce that dinosaurs are soon to appear as a major feature throughout the town and along the seafront to promote Exmouth as a Gateway to the Jurassic Coast, World Heritage Site.

For those wishing to see Ladram Bay’s adopted Stegosaurus please make your way to The Strand in Exmouth, the ideal place to start the Dinosaur trail!

Did you know…

  • The name ‘Stegosaurus’ comes from the Greek words ‘stegos’ meaning roof and ‘sauros’ meaning lizard.
  • Stegosaurus was alive in the late Jurassic Period (150 million years ago).
  • Fossils have been found in America and Europe.
  • A Stegosaurus brain was only around the size of a dog’s.
  • A fully grown Stegosaurus could measure around 9 metres in length, 4 metres in height and weigh nearly 5 tonnes!
  • The distinctive tail spikes could reach between 60cm – 90cm in length.

Stegosaurus in Exmouth larger image

Local businesses and schools who have adopted them are very excited at the prospect of seeing these life-size models installed along a fascinating and educational trail for all to explore.

The Jurassic Coast Team in Dorset have contributed much to this super project, including detailing the story of the Jurassic Coast and fossil finds as you follow the trail. Not all the dinosaurs on our trail have been found locally of course, some are global superstars which we have added just for fun!

Soon you will be able to follow the trail and find the evidence pointing to which of our sponsored dinosaurs or their relatives actually lived here and discover some amazing information about Exmouth as a Gateway to the Jurassic Coast, World Heritage Site.

Stegosaurus Facts Sheet

It is anticipated that all the dinosaurs will have been wrestled into place over the next few weeks and EDCC are busy planning a launch event for Sunday 21st August, 11.00am – 5.00pm, at the Strand with speakers including ITV’s Paleontologist Dean Lomax, Jurassic Coast Ambassadors, Science Dome with 3D dinosaur films, fossil displays, fossil identification and much more.

This eye catching project came from the visionary Exmouth Town Team and is supported by our wonderful sponsors including Bassett’s Farm Primary School, Brixington Primary Academy, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Dolphin Pre-school & Nursery, Sunshine Pre- school, Cockman’s Builders, Market Carpets, AJ’s Taxis, Manor Cottage pub, World of Country Life, Ladram Bay Holiday Park, Exmouth Photo Studio, Indoor Market, LED- Ocean, EDDC and the Grove pub, we are hugely grateful to them.

Keep an eye on local and national media for important updates.

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