The seals in Norfolk are truly one of the county’s most special sights to see. Without any doubt, it is an incredible WOW factor and one that you must see when in Norfolk.
Whether you come to see them with their seal pups in the winter months, or watch them basking in the sun in the summer months, this spectacle in Norfolk is an all year round activity to enjoy.
The colonies of Common and Grey seals in Norfolk is growing rapidly every year. This is very exciting, and it also means you now have a fantastic chance to see this incredible sight for much of the year. And whether you’ve got children with you or not, I'll guarantee that you'll love these cuddly creatures!
You’re very lucky to have a choice of three places to see the seals and their pups
This is the best time to see the Common (slightly smaller) seals and their pups at Blakeney Point and on the sandbanks off Hunstanton.
During the summer months you can see the seals by taking a boat trip from Hunstanton, or a boat trip to Blakeney Point (or you could walk from Cley to Blakeney Point). The Common seals appear from June and have their pups until about August so there’s plenty of time to catch this spectacular sight on the North Norfolk coast.
If you're happy to just see the grown seals without their pups then you can pretty much see them all year round. The boat trips operate 52 weeks of the year.
During the winter months, the Grey seals come to give birth at both Blakeney and Horsey beach, usually from November until the end of January, Horsey being the more accessible place to spot them.
You get a brilliant view of the seals
In the summer months the best place to see the seals in Norfolk is without doubt on Blakeney Point.
There are so many and you just get such an unexpected sight of these wonderful creatures as the boat turns around the corner of the spit and there they all are. You also get to see the all the varying wildlife such as terns with fish in their mouths, oyster catchers and numerous others, the iconic blue old lifeboat station and the thrill of sailing up the creeks amongst all the other sailing boats tinkering on the water.
In the winter months, I would say that was debatable as to the best place. Blakeney or Horsey – hmm. I suppose it depends where you’re staying. I have to say I got a huge thrill from both places, and both incredibly different.
One of the main reasons that Norfolk has an abundance of seals is the huge expanse of flat sand and shallow waters which is perfect for giving birth, as well as the dunes that protect them. They are more likely to survive here than other seal colonies around the rugged coast line where the tide bashes against them.
Dogs and seals, or any wildlife for that matter, do not go together! It is vitally important that dogs are kept well under control, particularly during the winter months when the seal pups have been born, for obvious reasons. I know we do all love our dogs, but sometimes they are best left at home, and I think this is the perfect time to leave your pooch behind and just enjoy this rare sight. The seals in Norfolk would prefer not to see you, sorry!!
If you see any seals by themselves, you shouldn’t approach them as they can be vicious. The best thing to do is to contact the RSPCA. Any ill seals from Norfolk go straight to the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre where they are treated and released back to the sea when ready. Their phone number is 0300 123 0709.
Here are some seal facts for you!
It’s very difficult to put into words what an amazing experience seeing the seals in Norfolk is, both in the summer and winter months but I hope you’ll take the opportunity to see these wonderful creatures, and then you’ll understand what I mean!
For more on the boat trips to see the seals at Blakeney Point, visit my page on seal trips, and for more on the seals in the winter months at Horsey beach, go over to seals at Horsey here.
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