Located near the small village of Horsey, it has become known for seal spotting in recent years. Every year, seals gather on the patch of sand on Norfolk’s north coast where they give birth to seal pups.
As seal spotting at Horsey has grown in popularity, local organisations have issued guidance on the dos and don’ts of seal spotting. Friends of Horsey Seals (FOSS) have a series of tips for watching the seals. They said: “Please don’t walk on the beach at all during the 12-week breeding season, November to January.
“Keep to the paths and roped-off viewing areas to keep you and the seals safe and to avoid unnecessary erosion on the dunes, be advised by our Seal wardens about the best viewing points to see the seals.
“Seals are wild animals and will bite to protect their young so give them their space. Be warned, a territorial seal can run faster than you over a short distance, especially downhill. Please keep a distance of more than 10 metres away from any seal [and] never get too close or walk between a cow and pup.”
They added that tourists should not provoke adult seals and that no attempts should be made to stroke seal pup or feed a seal.
FOSS also added that seal bites can be dangerous because they “can lead to serious infection in both humans and dogs”.
They also added that no one should attempt to take a selfie with a seal and that if they do they should call their emergency Seal rescue number or the RSPCA.
Despite the long list of rules designed to keep people and the seals safe, the experience has left many people who visit the area amazed.
Writing on TripAdvisor user lynndy2017 said: “Amazing place to see the seals. There were over 200 on the beach when we went in January.
“The seal wardens were there to protect the seals from people getting too close and also to rescue them if they ventured too far up the cliffs or away from the sea.”
Kitty P added: “It was lovely to see the seals basking. We even saw a white baby seal. Gorgeous! Could stand and watch them all day.
“At the time we went the beach was sealed off – so we watched them from a distance but didn’t mind. It was great to be there.”