The headland of Prawle Point, reachable from the village of East Prawle, houses a lookout station, part of the National Coastwatch Institute – in fact the name Prawle originates from an Anglo-Saxon word “prawhyll” or “lookout hill”. There is plenty to look out for here. For wildlife enthusiasts, this area plays host to migrating birds and butterflies, and provides a haven for the rare Cirl Bunting, while down below, orange-beaked oystercatchers go about their business. Gannets can also be seen wheeling around out to sea
Like many such wild, windswept headlands around the coast of Britain, Prawle Point has seen plenty of shipwreck action over the years, which has gained it the reputation of a “shiptrap”. A relatively recent event occurred in December 1992, when a freighter called Demetrios ran aground, ironically while being towed to a breaker’s yard in the Med. You can find out more about these and other fascinating facts about Prawle Point at the National Coastwatch visitor centre.
Map of the area.