Nature on Portland
The ‘Isle’ of Portland is a unique location extending at its southern-most end, seven miles into the English Channel and linked to mainland Weymouth by the remarkable Chesil Beach.
The best way to see Portland is on foot and the excellent coastal and inland path network allows the visitor access to areas of amazing contrast.
Explore these routes and you will see dramatic cliffs, tiny rocky coves and the phenomenal Chesil Beach stretching 17 miles westward. This famous bank is one of the south coast’s most pronounced features.
Every landscape and seascape shows the close interaction between man and nature and the rich variety of features cannot fail to leave an outstanding impression.
Many areas of Portland are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the designated World Heritage Jurassic Coastline is one of Portland’s greatest assets.
Many of the areas flourishing in a great deal of wildlife area also areas of sensitivity, and the ‘leave nothing behind but footprints’ principle is one to be adhered. Many agencies and environmental pressure groups work tirelessly preserving our country’s wildlife for future generations. Care must be taken not to leave litter of disturb plants and nesting birds.