Where to Spot Seals during Autumn in the UK

The Autumn is a wonderful time to see seals off the coast of the UK. They come on shore to breed and between October and November, females will gather on the beach to pup in sites called rookeries.

There are seal hot-spots all over the country and some of them are visited on our walks, giving you the chance to experience some fantastic wildlife as well as wonderful coastal scenery.

Some of the best locations for seeing seals include Blakeney Point on the Norfolk Coast Path, Cardigan Bay along the Ceredigion Coast Path, Lundy Island and the Farne Islands off the coast of the Northumberland Coast Path, countless locations on the Kintyre Way and Isle of Arran Coastal Way, St Brides Bay on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and around the quaint harbours of the South West Coast Path.

Here is our advice for spotting seals:

  • Keep your distance from seals so that you do not disturb seal pups and their mothers.
  • Stay still, quiet and carry binoculars to get the best view of seals without worrying them.
  • If the seals look happy in your presence, move gradually closer to get a better view.

If you’ve had some good seal sightings, share them with us!

Originally published 31/10/12

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