The great thing about holidaying in the British Isles is the abundance of wildlife right here on our doorstep. Those looking to do some seal spotting on holiday should look no further than our very own Norfolk coastline, where you can see both Grey and Common seals throughout the year.
Thanks to its vast expanse of shallow tidal sandbank, the seaside town of Hunstanton is home to one of the largest colonies of Common seal in the UK. Common seals are the smaller of the two species and have ‘V’ shaped nostrils and rounded faces. The seals have their young between June and August so get yourself down to the seaside between these months and you are sure to see some adorable seal pups!
A great way to get closer to these adorable furry mammals is to take a boat trip. Naturally inquisitive in nature, the animals love to bob up around the boats. The seal safari runs from Hunstanton several times a day during May to September and takes place on novelty vessel Wizzy The Wash Monster, making this a great activity for all the family.
Another great place to do some seal spotting is at Norfolk’s Horsey Beach, where a large colony of Grey seals breed between November and February. Grey seals are usually larger than their common counterparts, with longer faces and have a pebble-dashed coat. Make sure you bring along some binoculars to spot the shyer seals in the distance.
One of the best places to see seals in Norfolk is Blakeney Point, which boasts a huge colony of up to 500 seals, both of the Common and Grey variety.
Boat trips run from Blakeney and Moreston Quay every day from April until October and continue in the winter. The boats glide alongside the sandbanks allowing visitors a fantastic view of the seals in their natural habitat.
If you’re staying in a Norfolk holiday park then be sure to check out one of these seal hotspots. Remember to keep dogs on leads at all times and keep about a 10 metre distance from the animals. Happy seal spotting!
Photo by: Geoff Clark