We Are Watching inside Britains nuclearmissile warning radar base

Nestled in a quiet corner of the North York Moors, just off the A169 south of Whitby, sits one of Britain’s more peculiar conservation areas. Strange, neither for the great crested newts it protects, nor the grass snakes, ready to bite any over-inquisitive labrador, but for the large slabs of stone contained within, protruding 100 feet above the scrubby grass. Welcome to RAF Fylingdales, home to Britain’s ballistic missile early warning system; a three-sided, eight-storey monolith capable of tracking 800 space-based objects at a time. Radars at the site have been staring, unblinking, into the skies since the first ‘golf balls’ were installed in 1963, watching for incoming nuclear missiles from…