Bridport's Jurassic Coast Trust is asking people to vote for their favourite prehistoric creatures - with a chance to win an incredible 170 million year-old fossil specimen.

The Trust has launched a new ‘Big Five’ fossils campaign which celebrates the remarkable creatures found fossilised across the 95 miles of our Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site – famous fossils like ammonites and ichthyosaurs, but also less well-known creatures that thrived in the ancient environments and are now preserved in rock along the coast.

Everyone who takes part will be in the running to win a 170 million year-old fossilised Jurassic seabed that has been generously donated to the Trust by David Sole and prepared by Lizzie Hingley.

Organsiers say the campaign is the foundation for an exciting series of events that the Trust is working on behind the scenes as part of the Jurassic Coast Collection project.

The Jurassic Coast Trust’s Chris Reedman, who is leading the campaign, said: “The Jurassic Coast Big Five campaign is an exciting opportunity to reframe the story of palaeontology on the coast by expanding on the ‘Walk Through Time.'

"We hope to celebrate the World Heritage Site in its entirety by connecting individual fossil sites whilst enabling people to engage with some amazing fossils at the same time.

"Palaeontology is unique in the way it allows us to understand creatures that have been extinct for millions of years through the fossils we find.

"This campaign asks, ‘If the fossil record of the Jurassic Coast were a safari, what would you be most excited to see?’”

The campaign will run for the next few months, with different categories of creatures up for selection every couple of weeks.

All creatures nominated across the campaign will be accompanied by stunning original artwork by renowned paleo-artist Mark Witton.

The Jurassic Coast is England’s only natural World Heritage Site, comprising 95 miles of the south coast between Orcombe Point in Exmouth and Old Harry Rocks near Swanage.

It takes in 185 million years of the Earth’s history and was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001 for its outstanding universal value, as demonstrated by its rocks, fossils and landforms.

To find out more, vote for your favourite creatures and be in with a chance of winingn the incredible fossil prize, visit