Responsible Seal Watching

Responsible seal watching

Guidance for seal watchers:

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Be advised by the seal wardens. Behave responsibly – do not disturb the wildlife.

Enjoy the wildlife but do not damage the dunes or the plants that grow there. Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are protected by law.

Please stay on marked paths.   The paths are changed at intervals to allow natural regeneration of wear and tear created by the footfall of thousands of visitors.   The stability of the dunes is important in their role of sea defence.

Keep your dogs on a close lead and clean-up after them.  There is a dog waste disposal bin at Horsey Gap car park.

Leave no litter.

Click on the link to read more information responsible-seal-viewing-at-horsey

Finding a lone pup:

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It is not unusual to come across a pup which appears to be on its own.  Females will leave their pup to refresh themselves in the sea.  They usually remain close by and return to the pup after a short absence.  Females suckle their pup for only 18-21 days.  She is then ready to mate and leaves the pup which remains on the beach, sometimes moving into the dunes, for a further period of three weeks while it loses it’s white fur as darker adult fur grows.

If you are concerned about a pup that appears injured or unwell please advise a seal warden of your concerns.   Your report will be passed to FoHS volunteers who will monitor the pup and take action for care if it is considered necessary.

If there are no wardens about call RSPCA 24hr emergency line: 0300 1234 999

Click on the link to read more information found-a-lone-seal

Dogs:

If you bring your dogs with you, please remember that you are responsible for cleaning up after them.  There is a dog waste disposal bin in Horsey Gap car park.

Do not allow dogs on to the beach where there are seals.  Use a close lead to keep your dog safe.  Seals are protective of their pups and will bite if a dog approaches.

Your responsibility as a dog owner or dog walker bringing your dogs into the countryside is clearly set out in the Countryside Code and the Good Practice Advice, both available by clicking on the links: The Countryside Code  https://www.thebmc.co.uk/doggie-dos-and-donts-good-practice-advice

Photography:

There are plenty of opportunities to photograph seals from the dunes at Horsey.  Please respect the wildlife and do not disturb breeding seals by going on the beach.

Click the link to open nature photographers code of practice Nature Photographers Code of Practice.pdf