Seals at Donna Nook

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The Atlantic grey seal is Britain's largest wild mammal and the colonies around the British coast make up around 50% of the world's population.  Atlantic grey seals have been breeding at Donna Nook since the early 1970's.  Pupping used only to occur on the sandbank, which is over a mile out across the mud, but now the majority of the pups are born on the edge of the dunes, which is quite unusual.  The first pups appear in late October and the beaches are almost empty again by the New Year.

A record 1,194 pups were born during the 2007 breeding season but this year as at 15th December 2008 1,308 pups had been born.

Rows 1 & 2 were taken on 14th November 2008, Row 3 on 11th November 2005, Rows 4 & 5 on 11th November 2004, the rest between 1st and 15th November, 2003.

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Information courtesy of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust


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