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FoHS December Newsletter is now online

Friends of Horsey Seals wish you a very happy Christmas, and a successful and healthy year in 2018.  We thank you for your support.  

A December issue of FoHS Newsletter is available on the Members’ Page.  Select Newsletter Archive and you will find a link to the new issue at the top of the page.

We hope you enjoy reading about FoHS activities and other topics.

If you are not yet a member but would like to support FoHS, please click on the link to the Join Us page to find out more. Join Us

Seal count 7th December: pup births rise to 1471

Late October into November is an exciting time for FoHS members and seal wardens as we wait for the first of the season’s grey seal pups to be born at Horsey. 

This year six pups born in the final week of October sadly failed to survive, but on the afternoon of 2nd November a seal warden spotted the pup in the picture below, alive and tended by its mother. More births followed in quick succession.  On 23rd November the number of new pups recorded was 665.  One week later the total had risen to 962 – and counting!

A huge increase in births on Thursday 7th December brings total to date to 1471. 

Horsey’s first surviving seal pup of 2017-18 season. Photo by kind permission of Hilda Stephenson.

Weekly reports of detailed seal counts are available to members on the Members page.  Click on the Members tab and select Project Updates from the dropdown menu.

If you would like to become a Friends of Horsey Seals member, visit our Join Us page for joining information.

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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!

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.