The National Coastwatch team at Portland Bill have received letters from both Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence saying they would be delighted to become Honorary Watchkeepers at NCI Portland.

This follows their successful visit to the lookout in August when The Princess Royal presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) to the four Dorset NCI stations.

It was during that visit that they intimated that they would be willing to become Honorary Watchkeepers, although Sir Tim did say that HRH would have to undergo training!

Her Royal Highness has long been aware of the importance of the work carried out by the volunteers at Portland, together with their colleagues around the coast of England and Wales.

Station Manager Geoff Peters, said: “To receive this honour is more than we could ever have dreamed of.

“This endorsement on top of being presented with the QAVS really is the icing on the cake. The team all want to know which of the three, four hour, daily watches HRH & Sir Tim will be completing”.

Lord Lieutenant of Dorset Mrs Val Pitt Rivers commented: ‘This is wonderful news for the team at NCI Portland Bill who all do a wonderful job and deserve all the recognition they can get’.

back to news


Currently 57 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.








The words National Coastwatch Institution and Eyes Along the Coast and the NCI logos are Registered Trademarks of NCI.

Contact Details

0300 111 1202
[email protected]


0845 460 1202
[email protected]

17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB