Dinosaur footprint spotted on Brownsea Island

Posting about the ‘exciting find’ on social media, the National Trust said: ‘We believe the rock may have come from the Isle of Purbeck, where many dinosaur footprints can be seen at Langton Matravers.’

Dr. Martin Munt, curator at the Dinosaur Isle Museum in Sandown, Isle of Wight, said the hind leg print was “similar to that found at Purbeck, where the stone is thought to have come from”.

He added: “It’s certainly what we call a tridactyl footprint, of the date we’re talking about, could have been made by an iguanodontian or related dinosaur.”

Brownsea Island, which is part of the Purbeck National Nature Reserve, is closed to winter and day visitors until March 16.

A series of well-preserved dinosaur footprints have recently been discovered on a beach near Yaverland, Isle of Wight.

The prints were found in the seaside resort by engineers studying naval defense plans for the coast.