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June 30, 2021

What if you go to the Jurassic coast?

As part of the project to create a National Nature Reserve on the Jurassic coastal areas of Calvados, the Paléospace de Villers-sur mer offers a discovery of the main remarkable geological and paleontological sites. From west to east, explore the Jurassic history of Calvados (from less than 170 to less than 157 million years) and discover the witnesses of a time when Normandy was an ocean. From marine fossils to dinosaur bones, from coral reefs to world reference sites, the observation of sedimentary strata makes it possible to reconstruct the environment as it evolved during the Jurassic period and to explain the effects of tectonic movements on them. landscapes of today.

Black Cow Cliffs in Villers-sur-Mer © Etienne Chognard

To preserve and enhance the unique geological and biological heritage of the Calvados coast, in 2019 the State initiated a project to classify these sites as National Nature Reserve. The Regional Directorate for the Environment, Planning and Housing (DREAL) of Normandy, which instructs the procedure for creating the nature reserve on behalf of the Prefect, and the Department of Calvados, which operates in many sectors concerned both as owner and manager of natural spaces, have asked the Paléospace de Villers-sur-mer to set up specific territorial activities in 2021. The Paléospace has great expertise in mediation and awareness-raising at destination the general public on questions of paleontology, geology and ecology. It is therefore about fifteen free guided tours that take place on six different sites between June and October: Ste Honorine des Pertes, Port en Bessin, Luc sur Mer, the Black Cows, Mont Canisy, the Black Rocks.

Make a date for the next visits:

- Black rocks: September 6 at 15:30 p.m. and October 4 at 15 p.m.
- The Black Cow Cliffs: September 15 at 11 a.m. and October 5 at 15 p.m.
- Le Mont Canisy: September 7 at 17 p.m. and October 7 at 16 p.m.
- Luc-sur- Mer: September 3 at 14 p.m. and September 30 at 10 a.m.
- Ste Honorine des losses: July 5 at 13 p.m. and September 6 at 15:30 p.m.
- Port-en-Bessin: September 3 at 14 p.m.

At the same time, the Department of Calvados, manager of the Cap Romain cliff national nature reserve (Bernières-sur-mer / Saint-Aubin-sur-mer), included in the project, also offers free guided tours on this protected site. .

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