Following the tidal surge last year on 5th December 2013, the Donna Nook grey seals nature reserve has been closed due to the damage caused to fencing and buildings at this and other reserves along the Lincolnshire coast. Please do not visit Donna Nook as the storm surge last December spread hundreds of seals all over the dunes and many were forced into the public viewing areas on the wrong side of the protective fences. The advice now is not to visit at present, but to come later this year in November or December 2014 when the seals will return to the beaches in large numbers to give birth to their pups again.
A coastal flood appeal has been launched by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to repair the damage caused to all its coastal nature reserves in Lincolnshire ready for the 2014 season. Donations to this appeal can be made via this link to the Coastal Flood Appeal
Latest updates and photos are available on the Facebook page called Donna Nook Warden.
If you are planning to visits Donna Nook in November or December and want to stay in luxury self catering accommodation nearby in 2014, please consider Greetham Retreat Holiday Cottages near Horncastle in the beautiful peaceful Lincolnshire Wolds.
Donna Nook is only a short drive (about 30 minutes) from Greetham Retreat where we can offer five fabulous contemporary 4 star Gold award self catering holiday cottages and a small Caravan Club CL site with just 5 all-weather hard-standing pitches. Our holiday cottages can accommodate from 2 to 6 people each. In Laura’s Loft which is a really lovely intimate self catering apartment for 2 people, with a luxury whirlpool bath you can stay for just 2 nights for only £132. Our other 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) the minimum stay in these is 3 nights or longer.
Donna Nook is a fantastic place to visit whilst 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! Each year over one thousand five hundred (1500) baby pups are born at Donna Nook.
It is very busy when visiting at weekends, if you are able we advise that you visit at during midweek to see this spectacle with more than 1500 pups born at Donna Nook each year. Britain’s population of grey seals is considered to be of international conservation importance. Please read on for more information about Donna Nook
All about Donna Nook breeding seal colony
Donna Nook is home to roughly 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 visitors from all over the UK.
An encounter with a seal 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 of 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.
If you wish to visit this spectacular natural occurrence during November and December, we at Greetham Retreat offer short breaks in any of our five modern luxury self catering holiday cottages which can accommodate from 2 to 16 people and are pet friendly. or if you have a caravan or motor home why not stay on our Caravan Club members only touring caravan CL site with five all-weather pitches and full electric’s, shower and WC. Greetham Retreat is within easy travelling distance of Donna Nook and there is much else to do in the area with several lovely market towns, other nature reserves like Gibraltar Point & Snipe Dale also close by. You can also visit the fantastic medieval city of Lincoln with its magnificent Cathedral and Castle or aviation heritage venues like the Battle of Britain Memorial flight.
So a short break or longer stay at Greetham Retreat self catering holiday cottages in Lincolnshire during November and December has the potential for visiting the gorgeous seals at Donna Nook and much more.