Donna Nook

Donna Nook

Lincolnshsire

Route: Donna Nook

Area: Lincolnshire

Date of walk: 19th November 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Fiona

Distance: 1.0 mile

Weather: Sunny, very cold

Donna Nook Nature Reserve is a wonderul 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

A route map isn’t necessary but I’ve included the usual maps page in case anyone wants to know more about the location of this marvellous place

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