Grey Seal

Lesley Robb

Donna Nook

Peter Roworth

Donna Nook

Rachel Shaw

Redshank

Adam Jones

Donna Nook

Barrie Wilkinson

Pre-bookings only. Book your tickets here.

Extensive dunes and shore between North Somercotes and Saltfleet.

Location

Marsh Lane
Donna Nook
Louth
LN11 7PD

OS Map Reference

TF 422 998
A static map of Donna Nook National Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
1150 hectares

Entry fee

£10 weekends, £7.50 weekdays

Parking information

Main car park has access to the seal viewing area over the sand dunes; Stonebridge car park is for Blue Badge holders and those not wishing to access the seal viewing area only; please show your tickets/Badges on arrival

Grazing animals

Cattle and sheep

Walking trails

600m viewing area accessible from either car park

Access

Disabled ramp access from the Stonebridge car park, access from the main car park is over an unsurfaced dune

Dogs

No dogs permitted
No dogs permitted on viewing area

When to visit

Opening times

Seal viewing area, main car park and facilities open from Saturday 24 October. Pre-bookings only. Please book your timed slot here: www.lincstrust.org.uk/donna-nook-bookings

Best time to visit

October to December

About the reserve

Please note

Due to Government Guidance in relation to Covid-19, we have introduced an online booking system to help us manage visitor numbers. Unfortunately, if you don't book a ticket you will be turned away. To book your ticket, please click the button below.

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The reserve consists of dunes, slacks and inter-tidal areas. Coastal processes alter the natural features from year to year. Sand from the beach and offshore sandbanks is blown inland by easterly winds to form dune ridges. Deposition of material from the River Humber has resulted in mudflats and saltings. The advancing dunes have trapped areas of saltmarsh behind them, and these areas have gradually become less saline, allowing an interesting plant community to develop.

In winter, there is a breeding colony of grey seals, with more than 2,000 pups born annually. A viewing area at the foot of the sand dunes reduces disturbance to the seals and ensures the safety of visitors.

Please visit our main Donna Nook page for further information.

Donna Nook location PDF

Visitors should be made aware that the Ministry of Defence still maintains part of the area as a bombing target range and under no circumstances should anyone enter the bombing area when red flags are flying. However, most of the dune area is accessible at all times. For your own safety and to reduce disturbance to the seals during pupping season, all visitors should stay within the viewing area behind the fence.

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Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)