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Nells Point (Barry Island)


Welcome to NCI Nells Point (Barry Island) lookout station 

 Live Web Cam at Nells Point   

Live Weather at Nells Point

Tide Times at Barry


Nells Point Coastwatch station was the first NCI Station established on the Welsh coast. It is built on the site of a derelict Coastguard

With funding from the National Assembly, the Vale of Glamorgan Council rebuilt the Station to a very high standard.

The official hand over and opening ceremony took place on the 16th of Febuary 2007,The first watch took place on Saturday 17th
February 2007.

NCI Nells Point is situated on Barry Island on the costal path between Whitmore Bay and Jacksons Bay.

The  station overlooks the busy Bristol Channel and from the watch tower we have views of the Somerset coast line from Weston Super Mare in the east, taking in the island of Flat Holme and Steep holme,To Forland point on the Devon coast in the west

All commercial traffic bound for Barry, Cardiff, Newport, and all ports in and around Bristol pass by Nells Point.  Pilots for commercial traffic using the Upper Bristol Channel are based at Barry harbour.


On Sunday 30th of March at 16.45 Watchkeepers noticed two people trying to reach the mainland on the causway from Sully Island with the tide flooding.

When the two people turned back towards the Island watchkeepers informed Swansea Coastguard about the situation.

SCG initiated the launch of the Penarth Lifeboat,Watchkeepers stayed on watch untill the casualties had been taken off the Island and landed  back on the mainland.

The Life Boat made a sweep of the Island to make sure there were no further casualties and then SCG closed the incident.

On Saturday 15th of March Watchkeepers noticed  5 persons on Sully Island,with the tide rising a close watch was kept on the situation.

4 persons manged to get back to the mainland,One was very late to leave and hesitant on the submerging causeway carrying a dog.

Swansea Coastguard was contacted and incident reported.One person in a red coat trying to reach shore, and was stationary midway between Sully Island and main shoreline.

Swansea informed us that they had initiated investigation be Penarth life boat and Penarth Mobile.

Phone call from Swansea that the person had crossed safely,and had been advised by Penarth Mobile on causway and tides and safety

On Sunday 16th of February at 15.00 Watchkeepers recieved a call from Swansea Coastguard to help in the search for a 5 year old male child.

The child was last seen at the number 7 marker on Whitmore bay.Watchkeepers took a description of the child,and despatched one of the duty watchkeepers out along Nells Point with a mobile Radio to look for the child.

A call on channel 00 confirmed that the local Coastguard and police officers were on scene and joinjng the search.

After an extensive search a call was heard over channel 00 that the child had been located safe and had been reunited with his parents.

Mobile watchkeeper was stood down and returned to Station.






Visitor Policy: 
Visitors are normally most welcome at the lookout although, when an incident is ongoing, this may not always be convenient and the duty watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later. We have an exhibition centre which is open to the public on weekends.
Summer Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Friday, March 1, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Summer watches commence at the start of BST
Winter Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Friday, November 1, 2013
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Winter watches commence at the end of BST
Other Hours
During June, July and August the station remains open until 2000hrs on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
51° 23' 16.30" N
003° 15' 55.90" W
OS Reference: 
ST 120 662
Station Post Code: 
CF62 5AJ
Station Elevation: 
59' (18 m)
Operational Capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to MRCC Swansea
Current and forecast weather and sea conditions are available by telephone during watch hours
Station Telephone: 
01446 420746
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
DSC Watch: 
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Visual Horizon: 
9 Nautical Miles
Radar Horizon: 
9 Nautical Miles
Station Address
Primary Contact: 
Terry Ewington
Station Manager
Primary Contact Telephone: 
02920 592621
NCI Lookout
Nell's Point
Barry Island
Vale of Glamorgan
CF62 5AJ



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