This is Exmouth Coastwatch
Exmouth Coastwatch is one of the 50-strong network of National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) lookout stations around the UK’s coasts. We work with the Coastguard and the RNLI by keeping watch over the estuary and the beach 7 days a week in summer and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in winter.NCI stations form a national volunteer service which keeps a visual watch for people on the water and the beach who may get into difficulties.
At Exmouth, the sea approaches to the estuary can be dangerous in strong onshore winds and swell, as can the strong tidal and river streams inside the estuary mouth.
These present unique hazards to the variety of small boats, personal watercraft and bathers who make use of this marvellous leisure facility.
We are all volunteers. Being a watchkeeper is a responsible community role, but it’s also sociable and enjoyable. From the tower – above the Harbour View Café on Queen’s Drive – we have the best view of the lower Exe estuary!
Yesterday (7 Sep) our Volunteers at Exmouth NCI had a visit from two members of the South East Devon Habitat Regulations Partnership. Habitat Mitigation Officers Amelia Davies and Sama Euridge visited the lookout to take a look at our view of the River Exe and Dawlish Warren habitats. Their prime function is to regulate and reduce the human impact on our Special Protection Areas on the river. They also monitor unruly marine behaviour and safety issues so we will have a close working relationship as our function of water safety will crossover with theirs.