Seals the deal: a winter wander on the Lincolnshire coast

At first all we see is a pale blob, but as we approach it resolves into a bundle of thick white fur – a week-old seal pup. Black-eyed and sleepy-looking, it lolls on the tussocky sand of north Lincolnshire’s Donna Nook nature reserve a few metres from its mother, who appears to be doing her best to ignore it. “She’s just given it a good feed and she’s having a break,” says Peter, one of the volunteer wardens who patrol the reserve year-round, but especially at pupping time. Peter tells…