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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Grey Seals at Donna Nook 2009 {update)

Things have been busy here lately but I have been keeping an eye on the seal pup birth figures The total number of pups for this year is now about 1150 with the Cows and Bulls adding a further 900 plus to the total seal numbers. We will have to wait and see if 2009 reaches the 2008 figure of 1500. I will let you have the final figures next month

Christmas greetings and a Happy new year to all our readers and those who have stayed with us over the years. If you are hoping to come for the seal season next year book early and if possible consider a mid week visit.

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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Grey Seals at Donna Nook 2009

The first pups arrived on 27th October; the wardens estimate we're up to about 500 newborns seals to date with a total of about 1200 seals including cows and bulls on the beach.

Last year there were over 1500 pups so Donna Nook is a really important Grey Seal breading colony. We noticed that the seals are gradually drifting down the range with fewer nearer the car park and greater numbers further down the dunes. The wardens told us they think the seals prefer the soft sand rather than the grasses that are colonising the northern end of the area.  see BBC Webcam {daylight hours best}

As is usually the case during the week, the red flag was flying and today we saw a Russian Mil helicopter dropping test flares . One warden told us he had earlier had to ask a lady to move back to the dunes. She had set up a picnic table amongst the seals and when challenged said she thought the red flag meant 'no swimming'.
Terri Ashby

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