30th November 2023
This week Somerton was very popular with other species of wildlife, as the counters saw a big herd of red deer, numbering over 50 and a flock of Fieldfares. These little birds are usually seen in rural areas across the UK during the winter but will also venture into towns.
The tide was quite high on arrival, and although the count started with snow and ended in sunshine, this could not be said for the overall mood after the recent tidal surges! A devastating week on the count, losing nearly 700 pups week on week. Pups turning up everywhere despite the rescue team’s mission on Tuesday to save 10 pups and take them too RSPCA at East Winch…
Lots of seals on the main coastal path and again in the landward valleys between G59 to G56. More seals on the first inland path too, and a number of mums and pups in Somerton, Ness and Diamond Gap. Seals are now stretching from Somerton Gap, all the way down to just passed the WWII stones opposite the car park; with 6 adult seals at the carpark end of beach going south towards Hemsby.
Details of the count
Waxham to Bramble Gap G17-51
1192 adults, 545 Newborns, 248 suckling, 71 weaned, 7 dead
Somerton Gap to Winterton G52-59
1113 adults, 143 Newborns, 657 suckling, 141 weaned, 9 dead
Totals Week 4
2305 adults, 688 Newborns, 905 suckling, 212 weaned, 16 deadGo back