Seals the deal: a winter wander on the Lincolnshire coast

In winter, visitors can get close to hundreds of mating and pupping seals on the coast between Grimsby and Skegness, while sandy shores offer bracing walks and some of the UK’s finest seafood

At first all we see is a pale blob, but as we approach it resolves into a bundle of thick white fur – a week-old seal pup. Black-eyed and sleepy-looking, it lolls on the tussocky sand of north Lincolnshire’s Donna Nook nature reserve a few metres from its mother, who appears to be doing her best to ignore it.

“She’s just given it a good feed and she’s having a break,” says Peter, one of the volunteer wardens who patrol the reserve year-round, but especially at pupping time.

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