Donna Nook

Route: Donna Nook

Area: Lincolnshire

Date of walk: 6th November 2017

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 1.0 mile

Weather: Sunny, very cold

Donna Nook Nature Reserve is a superb place to watch and photograph wild grey seals, which are Britain’s largest carnivorous mammal. Every November and December the seals come up from the beaches to give birth to their pups near the sand dunes

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (which must be congratulated for the way in which it manages the reserve) has created a viewing area from where the seals can be watched from behind a fence. Over the years the seals have become accustomed to having camera lenses pointed at them and can be seen at close quarters

The female gives birth to a single pup, which grows very quickly on its mother’s rich milk, and within three weeks the pup is abandoned to fend for itself. The mother then goes on to mate with a bull and returns to sea. Her fertilised egg does not start developing until later, so that the birth will be at the same time the following year

It was fascinating to watch the behaviour of these wild animals at such close quarters, wallowing in the mud, suckling, competing for space and generally providing some great entertainment

I’ve been here twice before and today was another wonderful visit – although it was only a very short walk it gets my seal of approval (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

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