Sunday, 29 November 2009

Donna Nook Grey Seal Colony

WELLIES definitely required!

HAILSTONES on the sand dunes

What a great day out.  Heard about Donna Nook Grey Seal Colony from a friend at work.  It's on the NE Lincolnshire coast about 14 miles south of Grimsby, about 70 miles from my home.  We had a mix of weather, blue skies and sunshine, some rain, some violent hail stones, some strong wind, thunder and lightening and then back to blue skies and sunshine.  The seals come up onto the sand dunes to give birth and mate and are there during November and December.  There are hundreds of cows, bulls and pups.  Donna Nook is an RAF bombing range but the seals aren't bothered by either the planes or the thousands of people who come to look at them.  Click Here for the web page with more information about the nature reserve. 

Some people were saying that the numbers were peaking this weekend and this was the current count - 842 seal pups, 955 cows and 344 bulls which is updated on the website.

No dogs allowed near the seals, you need wellies as the car park is a bit muddy, waterproofs for the weather and warm clothing.  It costs £1 to park and entry to the reserve is free.  There are seal wardens around who were very friendly and informative and a good range of fresh vegetables available in the car park.  We came home with a 5 stone bag of potatoes, 4 large leeks, a huge green cabbage and two stalks of sprouts - all for £6 - everything was freshly picked and the potatoes look flawless.  We'll be enjoying all that this week.

If you live within travelling distance it's worth a trip before the seals go back out to sea again.

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