Visit Baby Seal Pups at Donna Nook in Nov & Dec 2022

Posted on 9th September 2021

Baby seal pup with its mother at Donna Nook

Baby seal pup with its mother at Donna Nook © Ruth Taylor, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

Grey seals return every year in 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.

The total number of seal pups born  was 2,122 during the last breeding season, during late 2021, at Donna Nook.

The seals will return to Donna Nook and give birth to over 2,000 pups later this year, from the end of October and throughout November and December 2022. The best time to visit is from November through to late December 2022… when you should be able to see lots of baby seals and their mothers.

The latest current weekly seal count carried out on 1st January 2022,  recorded  that there were only 19 pups along the viewing area. All the bulls and cows have gone from the viewing area.  The current breading season has now ended, but the seals will retrurn in late October, November and December 2022 to give birth to their baby seal pups again.

Seals at Donna Nook

Seal pup at Donna Nook © Ruth Taylor, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

 

 

The seals at Donna Nook are very close to the public viewing areas, 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 FOR GET TO TAKE YOUR CAMERA AS SOME GREAT PHOTOS ARE GUARANTEED!

You can find lots of useful information on visiting Donna Nook including parking charges, weekly pup count and Visitor Guidelines on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website:  https://www.lincstrust.org.uk/get-involved/top-reserves/donna-nook

If you plan to visit Donna Nook in 2022 do not delay and plan your midweek or weekend short break now, you can stay with us at Greetham Retreat Holiday Cottages which is one of Lincolnshire’s premier award-winning self-catering establishments.  We have several holiday cottages available to suit your needs, and accept bookings of 3 or more nights all year round.

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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.

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!

Sign 'To the Seals' at Donna Nook

Sign “To the seals” pointing to the safe public viewing walkway at Donna Nook © Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

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 full weekend in December, you could also visit the famous Lincoln Christmas Market which takes place over the 1st weekend in December each year.. 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.

Seal Pup at Donna Nook

Seal pup at Donna Nook © Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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.

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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 three, 4*star (Gold award) luxury self catering holiday cottages. Our accommodation is modern, stylish and uncluttered, they can accommodate between 1 to 4 people in each of our cottages.

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