Grey seals come 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.
There are now at least 1,513 baby seal pups all born over the last few weeks at Donna Nook. The latest count carried out on Saturday 3rd December 2016 and was 535 bulls, 919 cows and 1,513 pups, this means there are now around 2,967 seals at Donna Nook. Some of the adult seals at Donna Nook plus this seasons earlier born pups are now beginning to return to the sea. Over the next few weeks the numbers will reduce slowly, however there are still some pups being born daily. By the end of December most of the seals and pups will have returned to the sea and will not return again until next season starts in late October and early November 2017. Now is the time to visit and Donna Nook offers visitors a fantastic wildlife spectacle and 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 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. NOW is the PERFECT TIME TO VISIT DONNA NOOK so please organise your trip soon, and its free to visit with no admission charges!
Do not delay and 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 you won’t be disappointed and we still have some vacancies is our award-winning cottages during early December. For last-minute self-catering offers at discounted prices please ‘Click Here’. 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.
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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.