Lonely Planet Writer

See the adorable seal pups drawing travellers to the Lincolnshire coast

As the birthing season of grey seals comes to an end, opportunities to see the amazing pups in Lincolnshire, England is running out.

Tourists flock to Louth to see seal pups.
Tourists flock to Louth to see seal pups. Image by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The seals that flock to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Donna Nook nature reserve in Louth, England have once again been a major draw for visitors.

Tourists flock to Louth to see seal pups.
Tourists flock to Louth to see seal pups. Image by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

This year, the seal numbers continued to grow, with more than 1600 pups born. For most of the year, the seals are at sea, but each year, the large bull seals arrive at the reserve in late October or early November, where they wait for females. The females give birth to single pups and then return to the North Sea in January. The reserve reports that seal numbers have started to drop off this week as they head back to the sea.

Tourists flock to Louth to see seal pups.
Tourists flock to Louth to see seal pups. Image by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The Donna Nook reserve is the UK’s top spot to see grey seals, drawing in thousands of visitors from across the country each year.

Tourists flock to Louth to see seal pups.
Tourists flock to Louth to see seal pups. Image by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Tourists flock to Louth to see seal pups.
Tourists flock to Louth to see seal pups. Image by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images