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September 5, 2019

Seal Watching in Norfolk

Seal Watching in Norfolk

Grey seal pup with seal watching in Norfolk

Grey Seal Pup – Photo credit: Alastair Rae

Watching any animal in its natural environment has to be preferable to a Zoo or captive experience.  Spending time observing the communications and interaction of a group of seals and their pups is a memory that will stay with you forever.

In the UK we are lucky enough to a growing number of breeding seals on the Norfolk Coastline. If you are enjoying a Midweek Break it is well worth the trip to see these stunning animals.

When is the best time to go seal watching?

There are two types of seals that occupy the beaches in Norfolk.

  • Grey Seals – Best seen from November through to the end of January or early February. Grey seals have flat heads with a ‘Roman nose’.
  • Common Seals (or Harbour Seal) – are a little smaller than the grey seals and are best spotted with their pups from between June and August.  You can spot them as they lay in the ‘Banana’ position!
  • If a pup has a white coat it’s a grey seal as common seals are born with brown coats and ready to swim!

Where is the best place to seal watch in Norfolk?

Watch seals in Norfolk on a boat trip at Blakeney PointIt is widely considered best to either view the seals from the beach at Horsey or take a boat to Blakeney. The beauty of the Horsey beach is that it is free – apart from any paid parking for the car! From Blakeney or Morston you can take one the regularly organised boat trips to see the seals from the sea.  Beans Boats have been organising seal watching boat trips in Norfolk for over 50 years.  Prices are around £13 for an adult and £7 for a child.  Trips are run daily and take around 90 minutes, booking is advisable.

How to get to Horsey

You can approach from either the main car park or the National Trust site.  There are special viewing areas that help you see the full spectacle and you can spend as much time as you like watching the natural behaviour of these beautiful creatures.

What to bring for a seal watching trip

  • A windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Food and water
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Money for the parking machine
  • Tissues – it can be quite an emotional experience (and the wind can sometimes make your eyes water!)

Find accommodation in Norfolk – from Cottages to Cabins….

If you are looking for a short break in Norfolk to enjoy seeing the seals and explore the local area we have a selection of holiday homes to fit the bill…. choose from a range of coastal cottages, rural retreats and quirky accommodation around Norfolk.  Many are dog friendly although we do recommend leaving the dog at home when visiting the seals.  If you must take your dog along then please ensure they are kept on a lead and under strict control at all times.  Seals can be aggressive towards people and dogs particularly when they have pups.

Midweek Break holiday homes in Norfolk

If you are keen to find other amazing natural animal displays then you would be keen to see the dawn flight of the Pink Footed Geese in Norfolk on their migration from Iceland! but that’s another blog…until next time……

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