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Posted on 9th April 2020
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 during the last breeding season in 2019, at Donna Nook was 2,187 which is a 5.4% increase on the previous year. The seals have now all gone and have all headed back out to sea now.
The seals will return to Donna Nook and will give birth to well over 2,000 pups again, later this year, during late October, November and December 2020. The best time to visit is from the second week in November through to the middle of December 2020…
Donna Nook attracts thousands of people from across the UK during the early winter months, all visiting this fantastic wildlife spectacle. Donna Nook also provides the very best viewing experience of any of the seal colonies around the UK. You can get really up-close to these lovely wild animals, who are just a few feet away, along with their cute pups, it’s a once in a year spectacle and is a must for anyone who loves wildlife, so arrange your visit now for November or December 2020.
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 FORGET TO TAKE YOUR CAMERA AS SOME GREAT PHOTOS ARE GUARANTEED!
Due to the current Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust who manage the Donna Nook nature reserve, have decided to control the numbers of people attending Donna Nook, to help them to maintain adequate social distancing. All visitors wishing to visit the Donna Nook seals this year in 2020, must book before they go. Any people trying to visit without a ticket or booking will be turned away and will not be allowed access to the seals. Tickets cannot be purchased on site and must be purchased in advance online, one ticket per car which allows access for all occupents . To book your tickets please go to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website Donna Nook Bookings page @https://www.lincstrust.org.uk/donna-nook-bookings . Tickets cost £10 at weekends and £7.50 midweek and the ticket includes the cost of parking also. As numbers will be limited this year, we recommend you book straight away as there is unlikely to be sufficient places available to meet demand.
If you plan to visit Donna Nook in 2020 do not delay and plan your midweek or weekend short break now, you can stay here 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 2, 3 or more nights all year round.
If you have a Touring Caravan or Motorhome, we can offer just five level hard-standing all-weather pitches with 16 amp electric hook ups, shower and WC, on our Exclusive Caravan and Motorhome Club CL site which is fully equipped and is open all year round.
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!
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 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.
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.
Stay at Greetham Retreat self catering holiday cottages in the Lincolnshire & visit 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 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.
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 Cottages @ Greetham Retreat in Lincolnshire Wolds
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.
Award-winning rural retreat in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds offering high-quality luxury self-catering holiday cottage accommodation and an exclusive Certificated Location, touring caravan site. Located centrally and perfect for exploring Lincolnshire, within easy reach of the seaside, the historic market towns of Horncastle, Louth, Spilsby and city of Lincoln.