26th August 2019. The volunteers of the National Coastwatch Institution station at St Albans Head held their annual open day over the Bank Holiday weekend.

St Albans Head NCI station is uniquely located at the top of a cliff, 100m above the sea and on the South West Coastal Path on Dorset's beautiful Jurassic Coast which, on a clear day, affords panoramic views from the Isle of Wight to Portland Bill.

This year the station threw open their doors to the public and welcomed them to enjoy a tour of the station and meet the volunteers who keep a watchful eye on those at sea and along the coastal path 364 days every year. This August bank holiday also saw the opening of their new serving hatch which enabled the team to provide Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits to the many visitors.

NCI St Albans Head relies entirely on public donations to fund its operations and their open day is their way of saying thank you to their supporters, Thanks to the generosity of the visitors, the station were able to raise much needed funds over the weekend.

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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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