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Rame Head - QAVS

NCI Rame Head is a recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS)

Welcome to NCI Rame Head

NCI Rame Head is one of 50 National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) stations operating around the British Isles from Rossall Point in the North West, through Wales, to Wearside in the North East.

NCI is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores and each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline.

Whilst high technology and sophisticated systems are aids to improved safety, a computer cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat or a yachtsman or fisherman in trouble. Other vulnerable activities like diving, wind surfing and canoeing are made safer with visual surveillance. 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.


Visitors are normally most welcome at the NCI Rame Head lookout although, when an incident is ongoing, this may not always be convenient and the duty watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later. Have a look at our page on the national NCI Web site for details at

Local Stations Summary

Please see and feel free to download our local stations summary August 2019


We operate a weather station and a webcam at the lookout so why not have a look at the current weather at Rame Head at

2-day weather data archive files are available here