Grey seals return every year during late October, November and December in very large numbers to the Donna Nook National Nature Reserve on the east coast and give birth to their pups right next to the sand dunes, and 2016 has been a bumper year.
In 2016 there was a record number of 1,956 baby seal pups born at Donna Nook (an increase of 3.5% compared to 2015).
The baby seal pups have now all left the beach at Donna Nook and have returned into the North Sea along with their parents, the adult cow and bull seals. The breeding season is now all over. The next time that you will be able to see this spectacular annual event is at the end of October or during November and December 2017, when again the seals will return to Donna Nook and give birth, to around two thousand baby seal pups.
If you want to visit Donna Nook in 2017, we recommend that the month of November is the best time to visit this fantastic wildlife spectacle which attracts thousands of people from across the UK each year. Donna Nook provides the very best viewing experience of any of the seal colonies in the UK as you can get really, really close to these wild seals who are just a few feet away along with their pups, it’s a must do to visit this December.
Do not delay and plan now to spend a few days away, you can stay here at Greetham Retreat Holiday cottages for a short break and visit the nearby baby seals? We promise that you will not disappointed and we still have vacancies is our award-winning self catering accommodation during November and December 2017. For caravans or motor homes we can offer level hard-standing all-weather pitches on our award-winning Caravan Club CL site which is open all year. Click here to book a pitch.
Greetham Retreat is within an easy travelling distance of Donna Nook and is also near to the Horncastle, Louth, Woodhall Spa and the historic city of Lincoln which is only a 30 minutes drive away. Greetham Retreat provides an ideal base, as it is centrally located within Lincolnshire making it ideal for visiting may attractions throughout the county as well as Donna Nook. We offer excellent top quality self catering accommodation and also have an award-winning touring caravan site with hard standing all-weather pitches and we are open all year.
The seals are now really close to the public viewing areas, so much so, that sometimes you feel that you can almost touch them (however, this is not recommended and they are on the other side of a safety fence). PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO TAKE YOUR CAMERA AS SOME GREAT PHOTOS ARE GUARANTEED!
Please read on to find out more about Donna Nook and its seals.
Donna Nook is a fantastic place to visit when staying at Greetham Retreat and you will be able to get up really very close and personal with this magnificent colony of grey seals with their lovely pups throughout November and December. The pups (baby seals) are so very photogenic too, so please do not forget to bring your camera!
It is very busy when visiting at weekends, if you are able we recommend that you visit at during midweek to see this spectacle with many hundreds of pups born at Donna Nook each year. Britain’s population of grey seals is of international conservation importance.
Please remember when you are visiting Donna Nook to follow the Visitor Guidelines:
– Stay within the viewing area behind the fence
– No dogs (leave them in your car on the car parks)
– Don’t get too close to the seals
– Never feed or pet the seals
– No unaccompanied children
– Strictly observe all red flag and other bombing range warnings
– Please be considerate when visiting: park only in designated areas
– If possible, visit during the week. At weekends, the narrow lanes and car park get very congested
If you choose to visit Donna Nook during the first weekend in December, you could also visit the famous Lincoln Christmas Market click here for details. Greetham Retreat is about half way between Donna Nook and the City of Lincoln.
All about Donna Nook Breeding Seal Colony
Donna Nook is home to over 3000 Grey seals at certain times of the year. For most of the year, the grey seals at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trusts’ Donna Nook National Nature Reserve are at sea or hauled out on distant sandbanks.
Every November and December, these seals give birth to their pups near the sand dunes, a wildlife spectacle which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the UK.
Meeting lots of seals at Donna Nook is guaranteed, as this is effectively a seal maternity hospital.
Large bull seals arrive at Donna Nook in early November, coming ashore to set up territories and wait for the females to arrive. Cow seals arrive shortly after and are herded into harems by the bulls, where they give birth to a single creamy-coloured pup. These young pups are suckled for three weeks during which time their weight will almost triple, and they will gradually lose their pale coat.
Once pups are weaned, the females become available for mating giving rise to much competition among the bulls. Each bull will try to hold his harem against all the challengers. Fights can be vicious and bloody. The action peaks about mid-December. By the end of January it’s all over and the seals are back out at sea.
Donna Nook is only a short drive (about 35 minutes) from Greetham Retreat which offers a choice of five 4 star Gold award luxury self catering holiday cottages. The accommodation is modern, stylish and uncluttered, it can accommodate between 2 and 6 people in each of our individual cottages.
There is so much else to see and do in the area or just take the opportunity to relax and chill at our wonderful country retreat.
Our five luxury self catering cottages at Greetham Retreat are Katie’s Corner (sleeps 6), Maggie’s Mews (sleeps 4), Wendy’s Wing (sleeps 2) and Rose’s Rest ( sleeps 2) and Laura’s Loft (sleeps 2) the shortest period that you can stay in these cottages is 3 nights or just 2 nights in Rose’s Rest or Laura’s Loft. All are dog and pet friendly too, except for Laura’s Loft which is always kept pet free.
You can see full details of our caravan site by clicking on Greetham Retreat CL
Please view your preferred holiday cottage on this website and just check the Availability Calendar for your chosen cottage, then just complete the on-line booking form to secure your accommodation here at Greetham Retreat Holiday Cottages in Lincolnshire.