St Alban's Head - QAVS

Welcome to St Alban's Head NCI Lookout Station

St Alban's Head NCI is a recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.  This award was made by Her Majesty the Queen to ourselves, and the then 3 other 3 Dorset NCI stations, (Lyme Regis, Portland Bill and Swanage) on a joint basis, in 2012.

St Alban's Head NCI is on the Jurassic Coast Path situated at the top of the cliff, to the south of the village of Worth Matravers, overlooking St Alban's Race, while to the west are Weymouth Bay and Kimmeridge Ledges, and to the east are Dancing Ledge and Anvil Point.

Our Name

For more details about Saints Aldhelm and Alban, please click on the panel alongside, entitled "St Aldhelm's or St Alban's?".


To contact the Lookout itself, during opening hours, (see below), please call 01929 439220.  Outside our normal hours, you may leave a voicemail, which will be actioned the next working day.   Please note that the Lookout itself is not equipped with e-mail facilities. 

General enquiries to the Station, for example: potential membership matters, participation in future events, or for information on donations, are preferably handled by e-mail. Please contact [email protected]  - this e-mail address is checked frequently, but is not monitored 24/7.  Mail is reviewed and then actioned as necessary.

In case of maritime emergencies, out of hours: please call 999 and ask for HM Coastguard. 


Visitor Policy
Visitors are normally most welcome at the lookout although, rarely, when an incident is ongoing or when training is taking place, this may not always be convenient and the duty watchkeeper may need to ask visitors to call back later. The station holds 3 formal Open Day events during Bank Holiday weekends during the year: these are usually the weekends of Easter (4 days), late May Bank Holiday (3 days), and August Bank Holiday (3 days).

The lookout is on the SW Coast Path and is also accessible by a rough track from Worth Matravers.

Local Hazards
When firing is taking place at the nearby Lulworth Ranges a red flag is flown from the nearby flagstaff, and flashing red lights are illuminated on each side of the lookout building. Normally, firing takes place every weekday 0930 - 1700; plus most Tuesday and Thursday nights until 2359; and occasionally at weekends. The ranges are often inactive during holiday periods. Depending on the calibre of weapons being used, the danger area is often less - in both range and spread - than that marked on local navigation charts and OS maps. The latest leaflet provided to ourselves by the Army is shown alongside in the box entitled "Local Information Links". For information on today's firing times and danger areas, please contact the station, using 01929 439220 or VHF Ch 65.
Operational capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to NMOC Fareham
Current weather and sea conditions are available by telephone or on VHF Ch 65 during watch hours
Defibrillator Available: 
Mounted externally available 24 x7 call number displayed on unit for instructions
Station Telephone: 
01929 439220
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
DSC Watch: 
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
St Albans Head NCI
Other Watch Information: 
Lookout telephone 01929 439220 (voicemail outside our normal opening hours).
Visual Horizon: 
17.4 miles
Radar Horizon: 
8 nm

Station Info

Station Address
NCI Lookout
St Alban's Head
Worth Matravers
BH19 3LN
Station telephone number
01929 439220
Station email address
Station contact
Station contact role
Station Manager
via station 01929 439220
Summer opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
As shown above the "Summer Hours" period will encompass the calendar months of June, July, and August "Winter Hours" period will encompass the calendar months of September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May .
Winter opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Sunday, May 31, 2020
During the winter period, the station closes at sunset, if earlier than 1700 GMT, (usually from the ending of BST, at the end of October, through to early February the following year). The station is closed on Christmas Day.
50° 34.75' N
002° 3.41' W
OS Reference: 
SY 961 755
Station Elevation: 
346'/105 metres
Visual features of station
The lookout is a white-painted ex-coastguard station with a flagstaff.


Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2500 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Rossall  Point 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.


General enquiries
0300 111 1202

Media enquiries
0845 460 1202

[email protected]

17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB