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Donna Nook on the north-eastern coast of Lincolnshire is a seal watchers' paradise.

It boasts one of the largest and most accessible breeding colonies of Grey Seals in the UK.

An encounter with a seal at Donna Nook is almost guaranteed because this is effectively a seal maternity hospital.

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Donna Nook - Visitor Guide

Address:Near Saltfleet and Grainthorpe Haven, Lincolnshire.
Telephone:Lincs Wildlife Trust - 01507 526 667
Map:Donna Nook Streetmap
e-mailLincs Wildlife Trust -
Fax:Lincs Wildlife Trust - 01507 525 732

Safety: The reserve is shared with the RAF's military bombing range so look out for red warning flags. When these flags are out, don't head out onto the sandbanks. There is generally no military activity at weekends and bank holidays.

Give the seals maximum respect - don't rush around the sandbanks and scare the animals. They can also be quick to attack if you upset them.

Key attractions:

Seal watching, bird spotting. Gibraltar Point is located nearby with its excellent facilities for viewing wintering birds.

Essential kit:The east coast in winter can be unforgiving so don't forget protective clothing - waterproofs, wellies, spare clothing and a hat are essential.
Nature watching:Best season: November and December are the best times to see the Donna Nook seals. During these months the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust runs a warden service to protect the seals and to organise watching facilities for visitors.
Access:Limited disabled access at Stonebridge. Access is on natural sandy tracks though the dunes - this is difficult but not impossible for wheelchairs - assistance would be required.

Getting there:

The reserve covers over 6 miles of coastline between Grainthorpe Haven and Saltfleet on the Lincolnshire coast.
Access from the main A1031 coastal road. Parking at Stonebridge, Howden's Pullover, Sea Lane, Saltfleet and Saltfleet Haven


There are parking facilities at Stonebridge, Howden's
Pullover, Sea Lane, Saltfleet and Saltfleet Haven. Public access is also possible at Merrikin's Pullover , but there are no parking facilities. Access at Howden's Pullover, Saltfleet Haven and Merrikin's Pullover is down unmetalled roads.

For the breeding colony of Grey Seals, visitors can use the small, free car park at Stonebridge. A local farmer usually opens a field for parking for which there will be a charge.

Weekdays are the best time to visit - the narrow lanes and car park get very congested at weekends. Organised parties can be arranged via the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's Coastal Warden.

Opening times:Year round.
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