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Donna Nook Nature Reserve

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Address: North Somercotes, England
Phone Number: 01507 526667

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Wonderful experience!

The second largest Grey Seal reserve in England. It is free to visit. The best time to see the seals is in November and December. You can visit all the year round but the seals... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Valerie T
Louth, United Kingdom
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Louth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The second largest Grey Seal reserve in England. It is free to visit. The best time to see the seals is in November and December. You can visit all the year round but the seals are only there when they give birth. It is less busy mid week but there are still many visitors. There is a good car park... More 

Thank Valerie T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Took a dog and a seven year old, spent a few hours walking and running, brilliant spot, plenty of room! Was very windy when we went, doesn't spoil it at all though. Had our picnic in the grassed area of the car park as the sand was wet but still very enjoyable.

Thank Kim B
Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great to walk the dogs when the red flags are not up. Otherwise not good. You can't really walk the full length of the reserve. No toilets in the main car park. So don't drink too much before you go. Bring your own food, you can have a picnic there.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

We didn't particularly go to see the seals, but for a ride out with visiting family. As it happened, no seals - apparently to be seen in winter - but also no walking on the reserve as the red flags were flying, showing possible RAF activity.

2 Thank lynnc185
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We travelled here in November 2015. Upon arrival we didn't really know what to expect, but as we follow the reserve on social media, we knew that there would be at least some seals due to the seal counter. When arrived and parked, you have to climb up a hill of sand to the top, which is where the seals... More 

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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

I find the Tripadvisor reviews of this misleading, you can only see the Seals close up between October and January, if you go any other time the seals are about half a mile or more out and can really only be seen with binoculars. The road to the car park is narrow so take care, There are no signs to... More 

1 Thank Paul R
Retford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Great place to visit any time of the year, but especially in November when all the seal pups are being born. Never seen so many seals in one place and so close to the footpaths. Totally amazing.

1 Thank KarenT1974
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

If you are interested in wildlife, and Mother Nature close up, this is the place to visit. The Grey Seals come ashore to give birth to their young ones, and then mate with the mature Bull's. The number of births have risen year on year with birth numbers of 1700+, truly amazing, you will be blown away with it all,... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

Wow! What a treat it is to visit Donna Nook and see these beautiful animals. I couldn't believe how close we could get to them. The colony of seals is very large and we were lucky enough to see a pup be born during our visit. A truly magical experience.

Thank Aconite9371
United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

Wow this place is so magical And the people here what help out when the seals are in are just amazing A must place for people who love seeing what real life is

1 Thank markshell b

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