AT BLAKENEY POINT ON THE NORFOLK COAST
Seal watching in Norfolk is a widely popular activity year round. Take regular trips to nearby Blakeney Point just a short distance from Wells-next-the-Sea and see a colony of seals in their natural habitat.
Beans Boats do regular boat trips to Blakeney Point to watch the seals. The colony is made up of Common & Grey seals and numbers around 500. Common seals have their young between June and August, the Greys between November and January. Both suckle their pups for about three weeks during which time they grow very quickly, putting on between 1kg and 1.6kgs a day due to the very rich and fatty milk they feed on. The seals are generally quite inquisitive and often pop up and swim around the boats for a look at their visitors! On many of our trips, after seeing the seals, they drop visitors off onto Blakeney Point. This is a rare treat to be close to these charming animals.
The duration of the stay will depend on tide and weather conditions but is usually between half an hour and an hour. The National Trust took over the Point in 1912 and it is now an international breeding ground for many migrant birds during both summer and winter. During a visit to the Point you may like to take a stroll up to the Old Lifeboat House. Or you may like to head for one of the hides which are located at prime sites – from these you can take a closer look at the breeding birds. The beach at the Point is also a safe spot for the children to have a splash about along the shoreline. It makes for a charming day out.