The first seal pup this year has been born at Donna Nook in Lincolnshire marking the start of the 2023 season at the nature reserve. Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust confirmed on Monday, October 30, that it spotted the first pup through binoculars, which was just visible from the viewing area.
Thousands of people visit Donna Nook, a salt marsh near North Somercotes each year to see the seal pups with the peak time to visit being mid-November to early December. Hundreds of seals flock to the area from the end of October to December to give birth to their pups that remain on the beach until they are five or six weeks old.
A Facebook post put out by Donna Nook Warden on Monday, October 30, reads: “In our first pupdate of the season we can report that there is a pup just visible from the viewing area but it is distant. This photo was taken through binoculars.
“Please note that, for the safety of your dog and the seals, dogs are not allowed in the viewing area.” Last year, as of December 30, 2022, the last grey seal pup was born on Christmas Day with the total number of pups being 2,209.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has guidelines in place at the reserve to follow for both the safety of visitors and to reduce disturbance to the seals. See the guidelines below if you are thinking of visiting this season:
- 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 in the seal viewing area
- No flash photography
- Please be considerate when visiting, park only in designated areas
- During seal season, if possible, visit during the week. At weekends, the narrow lanes, car park and viewing area get very congested. Please note, traffic management will be in operation on busy weekends.
For more information about visiting you can go to www.lincstrust.org.uk/donna-nook.