Donna Nook Nature Reserve

Donna Nook's scenic coastline hosts a diverse ecosystem of marshes and wildlife, most notably its famous grey seal colony. A must-visit spot for nature enthusiasts.

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Donna Nook Nature Reserve incorporates over 10km of natural coastline between Grainthorpe Haven and Saltfleet, most famous for its resident grey seal colony.

This section of the Lincolnshire coastline is built up of salt marshes and stretches of sandy shores, which allows the area to be brimming with plants and wildlife. These plants include sea-buckthorn, with berries that attract plenty of wildlife and birds, such as fieldfare, redwing, and starling.

This wildlife creates a picturesque backdrop, perfect for sightseeing, birdwatching, or enjoying awe-inspiring big open skies. In the winter months, the true stars of the show are the colonies of grey seals that captivate visitors.

Seal spotting

Each year in November and December, grey seals visit the Donna Nook coastline to give birth to their pups, which tourists can observe in the spacious outside viewing area at the base of the local sand dunes. These species of seals have been coming to the Lincolnshire coast since the 1970s and can be distinguished from common seals thanks to their elongated heads, snouts and parallel nostrils. Observing sea life in a natural setting so closely will make your visit a truly memorable one.

Please note that dogs are not allowed in the seal viewing area for the safety of dogs and seals alike. The site does not offer toilet facilities. There is car parking spaces at the nature reserves.

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