Nare Point was used in World War 2 as a Starfish decoy for Falmouth. Elaborate lighting was installed in the hope of deceiving the German bombers. After the war the MOD observation post became part of a torpedo test range. In July 2007 the post was taken over by the National Coastwatch Institution, a voluntary organisation formed to maintain a watch over our coastal waters.
The National Coastwatch was formed as a direct result of a tragedy in which two fishermen from Cadgwith lost their lives within sight of a coastguard station which had been recently closed due to government cutbacks. The local people, including the mother of those fishermen, decided to restore a visual watch and the first Coastwatch station was opened at Bass Point in 1994.