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Donna Nook National Nature Reserve

Grey Seals at Donna Nook National Nature Reserve

Donna Nook National Nature Reserve (near Louth, in Lincolnshire) is an amazing place to visit to see Grey Seals and their pups.  The grey seals come on to the beach during November and December to give birth to pups and to mate.  Because so many people go to see the seals, the adults and their pups are used to humans, so come very close to the viewing area, and some pups even lie against the fence.

No dogs are allowed on the Nature Reserve.  Also, keep an eye on children and make sure they don’t try to stroke the seals as they have sharp teeth and give a nasty bite.

There are 2 car parks.  1 which is concrete and run by the local authority, but will be full unless you get there early. The second one is a grass field and you pay at the gate. There are also portaloos at this car park, and a catering van serving hot drinks, burgers, bacon baps and cakes at the local authority car park.  Be careful and considerate to other drivers, after you turn off the main road, as the roads are narrow and only suitable for one car at a time in places.

To find out more about grey seals and visiting Donna Nook take a look at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s website.

The postcode to use to get to Donna Nook National Nature Reserve is LN11 7PD although this doesn’t take you directly to the Nature Reserve, so follow the signs.


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