What do donkeys and dinosaurs have in common? Well, The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is located just a short glorious walk from the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. This summer we held a family event with the Jurassic Coast Trust to discover how this section of coast looked millions of years ago, and how it is used today to look after donkeys.
In the morning we set off on a ramble down to the coast, walking through woods and fields until we reached the sea cliffs. Here, Guy from the Jurassic Coast Trust pointed out the Mercia Mudstone cliffs at Weston Mouth which formed in the Triassic era, and told us about some of the fascinating animals that would have roamed the desert landscape of that time, some 220 million years ago. Then it was onto the beach for Jurassic-themed games and activities with Cara Jenkins, a Jurassic Coast Ambassador. In the afternoon, we carried on with fossil hunting, Rhynchosaur masks and fossil painting, and we were joined by three of our lovely resident donkeys: Jasper, Bracken and Baby Donk.
A big thank you to the Jurassic Coast Trust, the Go Jurassic Rangers, everyone who took part and the Slade House team for a fantastic day having fun with fossils and donkeys!