Welcome to NCI Gosport Lookout Station
COVID 19. We are pleased to announce that our Gosport Station, based in Fort Blockhouse, re-opened in early June 2020 on a single man watch basis.
To remain compliant with current HM Government, and our own national guidelines, we are operating solo watches together with a remote buddy system to adhere to social distancing. We are confident that from July 2021 we shall be able to resume fully manned operational status.
We are operational between 0900 and 1930 hours every day.
NCI Gosport, based in the Signal Tower of Fort Blockhouse, has a unique and commanding position at the entrance of Portsmouth Harbour. The function of NCI Gosport is to maintain a visual and radio watch of this large area as well as the Eastern Solent, reporting any safety-related incidents to HM Coastguard and the Queen’s Harbour Master, Portsmouth. We are a declared asset and hence a member of HM Coastguard. The beneficiaries of our work are diverse and include all those who participate in any form of marine activity. There is a wide spectrum of craft to observe, from aircraft carriers to paddle boards, a large population of leisure craft, registered and private fishing vessels and ferries together with members of the public using beaches near strong tidal streams.
NCI Gosport welcomes anyone interested in the work of the NCI and in joining our Station to become a qualified Watchkeeper. No previous maritime experience is necessary as our in-house training programme will equip you with all the skills you need. See "Volunteer Watchkeepers Required" tab above.
The National Coastwatch Institution is a registered charity. All our equipment and running expenses are covered by fundraising. Donations to our station are welcomed and cheques should be made out to "NCI Gosport". Thank you.
The station lookout is in the Signal Tower, Fort Blockhouse, which is on MOD property and to gain access security passes are required. There are nearby parking and toilet facilities. The Signal Tower is at the top of two staircases comprising 39 steps, entry through a safety gate onto a walkaround to the entrance door. It is 11 metres above the ground and on the sea wall.