For much of the year the grey seals at Donna Nook National Nature Reserve are out at sea or just hauled out on very distant sandbanks. But every November and December each year, the seals give birth to their pups near the sand dunes, this offers visitors a wildlife spectacle and attracts thousands of visitors from across the UK.
If you are planning to visit Donna Nook Baby Seals during November or December please considers spending a few days away staying in one of our self catering holiday cottages or on our touring caravan CL site for Caravan Club members at Greetham Retreat in the heart of Lincolnshire Wolds near to the market towns of Horncastle, Louth and Spilsby but also within easy travelling distance of Donna Nook.
The total number of seal pups born during November and December 2014 was a fantastic 1798 pups born. So with the cows and bulls also, there are thousands of seals to see each year at Donna Nook during this period and they are also 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 the other side of a safety fence).
IF YOU WANT TO VISIT DONNA NOOK LATER THIS YEAR YOU MUST PLAN YOUR VISIT NOW AND BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION NEARBY DURING NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER 2015 when they will return in vast numbers in order give birth and breed again. This is where Greetham Retreat and our luxury self catering holiday cottage accommodation in Lincolnshire can help
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 around 1800 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 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 thousands of visitors from all over the UK.
Meeting 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 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 to 40 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. We are dog and pet friendly too.
During November and December we have some special offers in all our cottages for stays for 3, 4, 5 or 7 nights on any arrival day that you choose. Click here to find out more about our November and December special offer prices for our self catering accommodation at Greetham Retreat in Lincolnshire.
We have Laura’s Loft which is a really lovely intimate self catering accommodation for just 2 people, with a luxury whirlpool bath. You can stay in Laura’s Loft during November and most if December 2015 for 2 nights at just £135, if you wanted to stay a bit longer for 3 to 4 nights it costs just £170 or if you have the time stay for a week at only £245. 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 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 shortest period that you can stay in these cottages is 3 nights.
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.