Gower school children have received valuable coastal safety advice from local National Coastwatch Institution volunteers, all thanks to local South Wales Police Officer, PCSO Andy Brown.


Gower News 01PCSO Brown (right) with Joe and Peter Scott at Penclawdd Primary SchoolIn January 2012, PCSO Brown arranged for Joe and Peter Scott, both of which are 'Watchkeeper'  volunteers with National Coastwatch Institution at Wormshead on the Gower peninsula, to give a presentation to school children from Penclawdd and Llanrhidian primary schools. During their presentation, the volunteers highlighted issues such as water safety, their roles and responsibilities as National Coastwatch Institution volunteers and dangers of the tides - particularly around the Gower and Wormshead.

National Coastwatch Institution, Worms Head Station began operations five years ago, with twenty trained volunteers. The team now numbers fifty-three Watchkeepers carrying out observations at the Lookout, an old Coast Guard Station overlooking The Causeway to Worms Head Island. The main task is to keep visitors informed about the crossing, especially the effects of the tides, and to keep a careful watch on the many people who use the surrounding area and waters for a variety of leisure pursuits. When the island is cut off, Watchkeepers have a wealth of local knowledge about the area, its history and the fauna and flora to be seen at various times of the year, and they are pleased to welcome visitors to the Lookout. Working as the 'eyes and ears'  of HM Coastguard in Swansea, Worms Head NCI has been involved in some 72 incidents helping over a hundred people.

Article reproduced with kind permission of Gower News