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FoHS Video: Volunteering with Friends of Horsey Seals

Here’s a chance for you to learn what being a seal warden means, and see what wardens do.

Al Glenton of Norfolk Images very kindly donated his expertise as a video-maker to record something of the experience of seal wardens at Horsey.  See clips of wardens’ initial training, and hear the views of a trainee.   Listen as more experienced wardens take a break from duty to tell us what being a seal warden means to them, and how they interact with visitors.   

Al’s video captures the atmosphere of the seal colony and seal behaviour on the beach and includes interviews with visitors.  Al visited RSPCA Wildlife Centre at East Winch, Norfolk.  East Winch manager, Alison Charles, talks about the co-operation between FoHS and East Winch, and the second link (below) takes you on a brief video tour of the centre’s treatment area and the outside pools.

Click on the links to watch the videos:

Volunteering with Friends of Horsey Seals 

A quick tour of RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre

Friends of Horsey Seals wishes to express their gratitude to Al Glenton and Norfolk Images for their generosity in making this video, and to the participants and everyone involved in it.  

We hope you enjoy it!

A new issue of FoHS Newsletter is now available online

An issue of FoHS Newsletter covering late summer,  Volume 4 Number 2 September 2017, is now available.

Members, please visit the MEMBERS page.  Select NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES from the MEMBERS drop-down menu. The link to the latest newsletter is at the top of the list.

You can catch up on any back issues you’ve not read – or would like to read again – by selecting the link to the issue you want. 

Non-members, why not join us? Annual membership costs only £5.50 per household and is valid from 1st November to 31st October. It’s a great way to support the work of Friends of Horsey Seals!  To become a member return to the Home Page and select the JOIN US page or click on the kink below..

Go to Join Us Page.

Mrs Frisbee gets help

A female grey seal with a yellow collar has been hitting the headlines recently.  She has been avoiding capture for months while FoHS wardens and members of the public got more and more anxious that she was in need of help to get the yellow collar (a frisbee) removed.  Capture by a specialised netting team was the only way to get her to the RSPCA Wildlife Centre at East Winch, near Kings Lynn, but while still able to get back into the sea, catching an adult seal is a difficult task.

Finally, on 24th September, all the elements were in the right place and FoHS chairman, Peter Ansell, with seal wardens Teresa and Billy Le Compte, were able to net Mrs Frisbee and transport her to RSPCA East Winch for removal of the frisbee.

The plight of Mrs Frisbee hit social media and her ‘capture’ attracted enquiries from as far afield as USA and Australia looking for information about the seal for their own news programmes.  It seems seals have an international appeal!

The link below is to a BBC online news broadcast with graphic details of Mrs Frisbee’s wound.  We are pleased to say she is very lively, feeding well and there’s every reason to expect that she will be returned to the wild as soon as her wounds have healed.

BBC Online News report: Mrs Frisbee


This photo taken by Teresa Le Compte on the day of the capture shows Mrs Frisbee looking undernourished and distressed.

Not normal for Norfolk

The appearance of giant-sized plastic pipes on holiday beaches is an unexpected event in any part of the world. Vast lengths of pipeline, 8ft in diameter, turning up on beaches in Norfolk caused a stir in the media on 10th August, and astonished residents and holiday-makers who were confronted by them between Sea Palling and Winterton.  While they could  hope to see seals in these parts, these sea monsters were something else! 

The unscheduled delivery was part of a consignment of piping in transit from Norway to Algeria. The pipes, up to 480 metres long (1574 feet), were being towed to their destination when the  tugboat was in collision with an Icelandic container ship, causing twelve sections of piping to break loose.  Four of them beached, the remainder were secured at sea and anchored off the Norfolk coast. Guard vessels were placed to warn passing shipping.  The Maritime and Coastguard Agency announced that the plastic pipes pose no danger to the public.  

Engineers are planning their removal and return to Norway, but meanwhile curious seals in the area are having fun with them, and the pipes are becoming an attraction for tourists.

Update 16th August 2017 …

Recovery of the beached pipes is underway as explained in this BBC News clip:

BBC News report: recovery of giant pipes from Norfolk beaches

A vast length of piping, 8 feet in diameter, snakes along the tideline in front of you as you approach from Winterton.







A passing jogger lends scale.

Broken towing cables show the how the pipe was linked to the tug.

A grey seal takes a rest as he/she climbs out of the ‘swimming pool’ created by the pipeline.

Treasurer retires

FoHS’ first hon. treasurer retires.

Renee Smith, our first treasurer, announced her retirement from the post at a committee meeting on 26th June 2017.  Renee has agreed to remain an active member of the committee.  Teresa Le Compte, will take over from 1st July as the new treasurer.

The committee is immensely grateful to Renee, who has looked after the finances of the group since 2012, and thanks her for the time and skill she has contributed over her period in office.  The Chair and  committee members are pleased that Renee is to remain on the committee team.