Autumn Trips Out

Now that Autumn is here, we have time to view a great line up of excursions to try out our photography skills and have a little social time with other like-minded people.

More trips will be added including Cambridge, Yorkshire Moors, London etc so keep watching.

Bigger trips next year will include Dunkirk, Paris, Brussels and Barcelona

Thursday 20th November - Donna Nook Seal Sanctuary

This trip takes in a nature reserve for those wanting some easy to obtain seal pup images with ease.

We aim to leave Newark for 8.30 am and we will arrange the best place to meet.  

If you can volunteer to drive, should we need to go in cars, then please let me know.

 Those living Sleaford way, we can pick you up on the way. 

The Donna Nook reserve is made up of sand dunes, slacks and inter-tidal areas. Deposition of material from the River Humber has resulted in mudflats and saltings, and dunes bordering saltmarshes allowing interesting plant communities to flourish.

Plant life includes sea-buckthorn whose berries attract large numbers of fieldfare, redwing and starling in the winter.

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Probably most famously, Donna Nook is home to a colony of grey seals during the winter months where they come onto the Lincolnshire beaches to breed.

Britain has about 40% of the world population of grey seals and it's becoming an increasingly important habitat.

Every November and December, grey seals come to the Donna Nook coastline to give birth to their pups near the sand dunes.

This is a wildlife spectacle which attracts visitors from across the UK.

This year because of Covid 19, we have to pre-book, so those interested must let me know ASAP so we can get places before they're all gone.

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The viewing area is open from late October to December (depending on seal numbers) and is at the foot of the sand dunes which acts to reduce disturbance to the seals and ensures the safety of visitors.


Seals are large predators and are very powerful. They can move surprisingly quickly and, having teeth similar to a dog, can inflict a nasty bite – including the pups. Mothers with pups can be very protective and male bulls can be aggressive. A mother seal may abandon her pup if it smells of humans or dogs.

You will be able to get up close to these amazing creatures for some lovely images.

They can be quite amusing and offer some great portraits.

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The car park is in easy reach of the viewing area so even the less abled bodied can attend.

The main car park (orange) is privately operated and charges £10 per car on a weekend, and £7.50 per car on a weekday. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, only those with a pre-booked ticket will be permitted into the seal viewing area. You can book your ticket here.

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We aim to leave here around 5.00pm and head back to Newark

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