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First grey seal pup of the season born at Blakeney

A National Trust ranger spotted the seal today Credit: National Trust

National Trust rangers at Blakeney Point have been greeted with an unexpected surprise when they came across the first new-born Grey seal of the season.

Historically the first seal pup isn’t usually born until around 31 October/1 November so this one is a full week earlier than last year and breaking the previous earliest recorded date by three days.

This birth heralds the start of Norfolk’s winter wildlife spectacular that is likely to see upwards of 2,500 pups being born on this remote spit in North Norfolk, making it the largest in England.

Credit: National Trust

“I was sweeping along the shoreline with my telescope counting birds when suddenly a white seal pup came into view. It was a really lovely surprise especially as it’s so early but definitely a privilege to be the first person to see it.

– Blakeney National Nature Reserve and ranger Ajay Tegala

The team say the colony has arrived back early with over 200 adults hauled out on Monday compared to a very few this time last year.