Thursday dawned sunny so after a shower and a coffee we headed towards the coast. Mablethorpe was our first port of call, where we visited the seal sanctuary and took some photos. Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary offers a unique nature experience. Walk through two acres of sand dunes and gain first hand experience of some of the county’s most stunning wildlife. Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary is only fifty metres from the sea
The Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary has rescued hundreds of injured and orphaned seals since it opened in 1974. In a specially designed hospital, the seals are looked after until they can be released back into the wild. For those unable to return, The Seal Sanctuary offers a permanent home, doing all it can to give these wonderful creatures a contented existence.
Wanting to see some seals on the beach we head towards the beaches at Donna Nook. Donna Nook is a point on the low-lying coast of Lincolnshire, England, north of the village of North Somercotes. The area is salt marsh, and is used by a number of Royal Air Force stations in Lincolnshire for bombing practice. The site was also made available to commercial organisations such as BMARC for firing tests.
Wildlife seem to have become accustomed to regular aircraft bombing. The name is popularly supposed to be that of a ship called The Donna, part of the Spanish Armada, which sank off the Nook (a small headland) in 1588. A 6 miles (10 km) coastal strip stretching from Saltfleet in the south, to Somercotes Haven in the north, is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve.It is part of the land owned by the Ministry of Defence and used as a bombing range.
The Grey Seal population return to breed from October to December every year. In 2007, the seal colony had its best breeding season on record, with about 1,194 pups born to the 3,500 resident grey seal colony. A double wooden fence was erected in 2007 to stop people touching the newborn pups.The reserve, staffed by volunteer wardens, is accessible to the public. Media coverage of Donna Nook has led to a big increase in visitor numbers; it was visited by about 43,000 people in 2006. Surplus money collected through sales is used to further support the protection of seals.
Unfortunately we were told it was the wrong time of year for seals so walked around the nature reserve instead with camera taking photos. Last port of call was to Skegness for a fish and chip supper before returning to the park to enjoy our last night.
In the morning we had to be out by 10 so we had a last drive through Tattershall Connisby and New York (Yes probably the original one) before starting our three hour drive home….via KFC and a detour through Hertfordshire due to a traffic jam finally arriving home in the early afternoon.