Donna Nook Nature Reserve
Average time spent – 2 hours +
See the seals at Donna Nook Nature Reserve review
Donna Nook nature reserve on the Lincolnshire coast is the place to see grey seals in autumn and through until winter. It is one of 10 places to see seals and it is a seal watching paradise. We normally spend at least two hours there walking up and down the pathway and stopping to look at the seals and their pups. Most years there are around 3,000+ seals on the beach.
The cows visit the beach to give birth to their pups and the bulls go there to try their luck again. The sound of the seals as you cross the dunes is like nothing you will have ever heard before. You might even see a cow seal giving birth. The young pups are very inquisitive and although you aren’t allowed to walk amongst them you will often see some right up by the fence. We prefer to visit in early November when the pups are smaller and fluffier.
If you’re interested in bird spotting Donna Nook is also a great spot for this. There has been over 250 different species spotted at this nature reserve. During the winter you will be able to spot large numbers of starlings, fieldfare and redwing. You can visit at other times of the year as the reserve is open all year round.
Eating – During the pupping season they have a trailer selling hot and cold drinks and snacks.
Facilities in brief – During pupping season there is basic food and drinks, toilets and the small visitor centre will be open.
Entry price – You pay £5 to park a car.
Opening: Donna Nook nature reserve is open all year round. The large car park is open during the main season which runs from late October until the end of December.
Accessibility – There is easy access to the viewing area from the Stonebridge car park which is signposted as blue badge holders only during busy weekends over seal season.
Address: Marsh Lane, Donna Nook, Louth, LN11 7PD, Lincolnshire, England. Phone: 01507 526667
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Category – Great Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.
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