In November and December each year, Grey seals come in very large numbers to the Donna Nook National Nature Reserve and give birth to their pups right next to the sand dunes. This offers visitors a fantastic wildlife spectacle and attracts thousands of people from across the UK each year. Last year in 2015 there were 1889 pups born at Donna Nook during November and December. The seals will return to Donna Nook to give birth and breed, this coming November and December in 2016. Donna Nook provides the very best viewing experience of any of the seal colonies in the UK so it’s a must, to visit the seals during the months of November and December.
Why not plan to spend a few days away, staying in one of our lovely modern self catering holiday cottages or on our touring caravan site (Caravan Club members only) at Greetham Retreat. 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 can offer excellent quality self catering holiday cottages and also have an award-winning touring caravan site with hard standing all-weather pitches which are available and open all year.
The seals come 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 if staying at Greetham Retreat and when at Donna Nook you can get up really very close and personal with this magnificent colony of grey seals with their lovely pups throughout the months of November and December each year. 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.
If you choose to visit Donna Nook at the beginning of 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.
Breeding Seal colony at Donna Nook
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 holiday 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.. Dog and pet friendly too.
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