Donna Nook to remain closed following the Government announcement that Lincolnshire will be in Tier 3 from Wednesday 2 December

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust have taken the decision to keep the seal viewing area at Donna Nook closed for the rest of the seal pupping season.

On Wednesday 2 December, Lincolnshire will be placed into Tier 3 of coronavirus lockdown conditions. To help stop the spread of the virus and to keep our staff, volunteers, the local community and the seals safe, we will be keeping the seal viewing area closed. We would ask everyone to follow the Government guidelines and not to visit Donna Nook.

We would like to thank everyone for the messages of support and their interest in the seal colony. However, we would reiterate the importance of following Government guidelines and not visiting the seals while Lincolnshire is in Tier 3.

Dave Bromwich, Head of Reserves, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, said:

"We’re asking people to continue to respect the guidelines and not travel to Donna Nook. Not only is there an obvious risk to visitors, staff and our volunteers but also a potential impact on the seals as they have become accustomed to the quieter viewing area."

"We’d like to thank everyone for their continued support, kind messages on our Facebook page and donations to the Seal Appeal. Although it's been a different year for us all, we're still here year-round keeping an eye on the colony, maintaining the nature reserve and working around the tides, so knowing we've got your support makes the world of difference.”

Staff will continue to be present on site to manage the situation and monitor the colony. We’ll also continue sharing a weekly pupdate and photos of the seals on our Facebook page so be sure to give us a follow.

As a charity, we’ve been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Wildlife needs your help now more than ever. Please, if you can, donate to our seal appeal and help us to keep protecting the seals and their important habitat.

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Donna Nook sunrise

Donna Nook sunrise © Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

For more information about Donna Nook and the seals please visit our Donna Nook page.