Every year during November, Donna Nook in Lincolnshire is probably the best place in England to see Grey Seals and their pups. Donna Nook is also RAF (Royal Air Force) Donna Nook and is an active coastal bombing range used for target practice by NATO. This doesn’t bother the seals though – hundreds of them arrive to give birth. The seals and pups are really close to the viewing area, and you don’t need expensive cameras or lenses to get some decent photos.
During the seal’s breeding season there are plenty of knowledgeable volunteers available to answer any questions you may have. There is also a snack van available selling drinks and burgers, etc.
For your own safety, do not go beyond the viewing area. Seals are large and powerful predators. It’s a mother’s instinct to protect her pups, and for a large blubbery animal, they can move quickly!
Towards the end of December, the seals and their pups head back out to sea, before returning back again to breed during the following Autumn.