For the past few weeks, hundreds of grey seals have been “hauling up” on the dunes at Donna Nook, near North Somercotes, as they do every year at this time. If you want to see them with their newborn, now’s the time to make the trip – they will be going back to sea as soon as their newborn are ready.
Donna Nook Nature Reserve is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife trust, whose volunteers are on hand to answer questions and make sure that both seals and humans are kept safe. You will need to travel by road – there is a car park.
This is as close as most people ever get to grey seals in the wild, but you must respect the trust’s guidelines:
- Stay within the viewing area behind the fence
- Strictly observe all red flag and other bombing range warnings
- Never feed or pet the seals
- No unaccompanied children
- No dogs
- 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
- Organised group visits should be booked in advance. Contact the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Headquarters on 01507 526667, email firstname.lastname@example.org
One more piece of advice: wear your warmest winter clothes – it gets very cold out there!
For further information, visit these site before you go:
The postcode for Donna Nook National Nature Reserve is LN11 7PD but this won’t take you directly to the Nature Reserve, so watch out for the road signs on the A1031 in North Somercotes.