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Nells Point (Barry Island)


Welcome to NCI Nells Point (Barry Island) lookout station 

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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 13 th July at 1625


Swansea Coastguard rang to say that a member of the public had reported a brown sheen on the water in Barry Roads and it is approx 1 mile square.

 Watchkeepers did visual sweep and could see nothing but reflection of sandy coloured water and clouds

Watchkeepers rang SCG to say nothing to report other than reflection of clouds etc and closed the incident.


On Saturday 12th July at 19.47

Watchkeepers recieved a request from HMCG Swansea following report from member of public re kayakers possibly in difficulty near Sully Island. Reported that the kayakers had been under observation for some time. Having passed at 17.43 travelling eastward. At time of request the kayakers who had spent some time on Sully Island were observed  heading slowly westward. There were no apparent signs of distress. Observations were maintained until conclusion of watch

Kayakers paddling well at distance 1.75 miles Swansea Coastguard updated no further action required

Kayakers paddling west in front of NCI lookout were spoken to by watchkeepers and confirmed all was well.

On Sunday 6th of July at 0940

Watchkeepers Received a Phone call from Swansea coast Guard saying that a yacht in the area in front of Nells point was in difficulty with no sail.

After a visual sweep of the area Watchkeepers notified Swansea that no Vessel was observed to be in difficulty.

Following an additional visual sweep of the area including a visual inspection of Whitmore Bay, incident was closed with Swansea CG.

On Wednesday 2nd July at 1700

Watchkeepers Observed an elderly Lady wandering on rocks below station and seemed to be looking for way off, Tide was flooding and cutting off area.

They then Rang Swansea coast guard and informed them of their concerns, Coast guard stated they would inform local mobile unit.

 2 Members of local coast guard arrived at scene and went to help.

 Coast guard started assisting lady off rocks.

 Lady got to top of rocks and Members of the Coast Guard rescue team lifted her over  the fencing



On Thursday 26th of June at 13.25

 Message on Channel 16 from Swansea Coastguard for the attention of all vessels in the Barry area. Report of vessel in difficulties between Barry Island and the Knap.
Two vessels responded both in Sully area – negative
Watchkeeper contacted Swansea by landline to inform that earlier a speedboat “The Doghouse” containing four males had been seen in the area with occupants attempting to water ski. The vessel had been stationary outside Nell’s Point and could easily convey the impression of being in difficulty. This vessel had moved west some 35 minutes before the incident was reported.
Barry Coastguard were deployed to Friars Point and the Bristol Interceptor made her way towards Friars Point. After the Barry Coastguard had conferred with the member of the public reporting it was established all was in order and “The Doghouse” was now in the area of Porthkerry.
False call good intent


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
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
Summer watches commence at the start of BST
Winter Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Saturday, February 28, 2015
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 5DG
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 5DG



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