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Record breaking year for Norfolk seal colony

Record breaking year for Norfolk seal colony

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:15am 27th January 2020.

It's been a record-breaking season for grey seal pups over at Blakeney Point. 

3,399 were born this winter. 

That's up 13% on the year before. 

Back in 2001, the number of pups born at Blakeney Point was just 25 but now it’s in the thousands.

Blakeney was the first stretch of coastline acquired by the National Trust, which is now home to the largest grey seal colony in England 

National Trust rangers are out regularly monitoring the colony by counting and recording seal pups throughout the winter breeding season, which covers November to early January. 

National Trust Ranger, Leighton Newman, said;

“Our first seal pups were spotted on 1 November, which kicked off another busy season on Blakeney Point.

By the peak of the pupping season, around early December, up to 180 seal pups can be born each day.

It’s a busy time when we’re counting the new arrivals and we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our team of dedicated volunteers, who are out in all weathers with us, speaking to visitors and helping to monitor the seal colony. It’s thanks to them, giving their time, that we’re able to continue the work that our founders started."

“As we mark our milestone anniversary, we’re not just looking back, but forward. It’s important we continue to help connect people with nature, if we are to inspire them to want to care for it.

It’s a careful balance, creating ways for people to enjoy this magnificent wildlife spectacle, whilst keeping disturbance to a minimum.

So we’d like to say a big thank you to our visitors and local community, who have been keeping to waymarked routes and respecting these wild animals by keeping their distance this winter, as it’s thanks to their efforts that we can ensure the colony thrives."

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