If you see any seals in difficulty, please contact the FoHS Rescue Team on 07706 314514
or the RSPCA on 0300 1234999.
How we warden, rescue and campaign for the seals
Humans getting too close to seals, especially during the pupping season, can cause great distress and harm and lead to pups starving if they become separated from their mothers. Volunteer Wardens from Friends of Horsey Seals protect the seals during the breeding season and offer visitors designated viewing areas a safe distance from the colony.
In addition, an increasing number of seals are turning up with life-threatening injuries after becoming trapped in flying rings, ropes and netting and other discarded materials. Friends of Horsey Seals provide a trained rescue team to help sick and injured seals throughout the year. The charity actively supports a campaign to ban the sale of flying rings in coastal areas and is part of a national group seeking to improve legal protection for seals.
“A friendly team who went above and beyond to ensure our trip to see the seals was perfect.”
The Marshall Family
16th July 2022
Common Seal Pups At Risk
This is an urgent appeal from Friends of Horsey Seals because you may not be aware that it is now breeding season for Common seals.
20th June 2022
Abandoned Common Seal Pup Rescued
FoHS Rescue team members came across a lone common seal pup at Waxham which was only days old with no Mother in sight
27th May 2022
Grey Seal Freed From Netting
After a couple of days evading our FoHS Rescue Team, a grey seal pup covered in green monofilament netting was finally caught and cut free
Photo by Mark Reynolds
Friends of Horsey Seals is a Registered Charity (Number 1169539). We are dedicated to protecting the grey seal colony at Horsey and Winterton from disturbance or harm. The charity relies totally on the continuing support of our donors and sponsors. We would simply not be able to carry on the work we do without this vital and generous support.
Donating to the Friends of Horsey Seals
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Message from our chairman…
Thank you for visiting our website. After a challenging period, coping with the impact of the pandemic, I would like to report on our continuing work safeguarding the Atlantic Grey Seal colony at Horsey and Winterton.
Despite the difficulties Covid caused, we managed to successfully achieve our primary aim to protect the growing colony of grey seals from unnecessary human disturbance. The estimated number of pups born at Horsey and Winterton last year exceeded a record 2,700. Despite Winterton experiencing more coastal erosion, which has affected the car park and changed access paths to the beach, our wardens worked hard to offer visitors the best vantage points to safely view the seals during the pupping season.
The chestnut paling fence, funded by Natural England, which forms a viewing corridor to keep visitors and seals apart continues to be a success. FoHS helped to put it up two years ago.
Our seal rescue team trained by the RSPCA has welcomed two new members in response to an increasing number of trapped, sick, or injured seals needing our help. Over the past year we have rescued more than 140. Team members also helped free other entangled seals by cutting off rope, netting, etc., and if uninjured releasing them again. The Charity has acquired an all-terrain Polaris vehicle to enable rescuers to transport large adult seals in need of specialist treatment off the beach, causing the least possible trauma and shock to the animal.
I want to express my special thanks to our 350+ trained volunteer seal wardens who turned out in all weathers over the pupping and moulting season and worked so hard to make a difference.
As a small charity run by volunteers we rely on the generosity of local businesses and individuals for their donations to help fund what we do. So, sincere thanks to all our donors, including our Friends, whose annual subscriptions of £12 helps us to pay our way.
I also want to thank our partners for their help and support, including Natural England and the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre, and in particular the proprietors of both the Horsey and Winterton car parks for allowing us free access throughout and their very generous donations at the start of the season.
Both common and grey seals are protected species and 40% of the world’s Atlantic Grey seal population lives around our UK shores. That is why it is important that we help them to thrive. We thank you for your interest.
© Friends of Horsey Seals 2021 • Registered Charity 1169539
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