Horsey Seals


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Horsey Beach is one of many unspoilt and quiet sandy beaches on the Norfolk coast.


However, it isn’t just any beach, it's home to a colony of hundreds of grey seals during the winter months through the season from November to the beginning of the Spring and is something truly magical to witness. You should not to miss them if you are in the area, these wonderful animals fill the whole beach!


This beach is lovely for getting away from the crowds and conventional seaside attractions with its desolate feel. There is ample pay and display parking at the beach. This year through the pupping season, when possible there will be public toilets sited at Horsey Gap car park.


Although great for seal watching, it’s a lovely beach to enjoy in the summer too.  Bring a picnic and frolic in the sea, or just lie and relax on the beautiful soft sand.  Unwind on a beach that never gets too crowded.



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Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus


Grey seals have grey and brown fur, sometimes with a pattern of blotches; no ears visible; long muzzle; nostrils parallel; larger and darker than common seal, with flat or convex profile to its head (the common seal has a concave profile).



Average for males 207cm; females 180cm; flippers about 25cm.



Males 233kg; Females 155kg.



Female grey seals may live for 35 years, but males seldom survive to more than 25 years old.


 Origin and Distribution

Grey seals around Great Britain are found mainly along exposed rocky northern coasts. They also occur in the south west and off the east coast, around the Isle of May and the Farne Islands off Northumberland, and along the west coast of Ireland.



Sand eels and cod are their most important foods, but grey seals are opportunistic feeders and probably take whatever fish are most abundant.


 General Ecology

Between the tides they haul themselves out on to rocks, usually on uninhabited offshore islands; though some haul-outs are on secluded mainland beaches. Grey seals are gregarious at these haul-outs, sometimes forming large groups of several hundred, and at Horesy we have seen 2,000 plus animals, especially when they are moulting their fur in the spring. They are not, however, very sociable and keep a distance between one another. About two-thirds of greys seals' time is spent at sea where they hunt and feed. In the autumn grey seals congregate at Horsey beach to breed. The timing of births varies around the coast, beginning in September in West Wales, in October in western Scotland, and as late as November in Horsey.


 Pups and Breeding

Grey seal pups weigh about 14kg at birth and have soft white fur. They remain on land where they suck from their mother for 18-21 days. A female's milk contains up to 60% fat, so pups grow very quickly, gaining about 2kg in weight each day. This weight gain consists mainly of a layer of blubber below their skin, which is vital insulation when they go to sea. During the pupping season, male grey seals also come ashore to mate. The largest males, usually more than 10 years old, compete for a position within groups of breeding females. Occasionally males fight, and may sustain deep scars on their necks as a result.


Recent News


There are t.b.a. pups on the beach


Please only use the clearly marked areas






There are NO toilets



There will be a new improved overflow car park at Horsey Gap Available in peak periods, tariff will be £3


Hot food and drinks will be available, subject to demand


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Enjoy our marvelous collection of photos of the grey seal colony at their winter home here in Norfolk.



Local Attractions

As well as our wonderous animals at this spectacular North Norfolk coastline location, there are lots of other great local attractions for you to enjoy.



Places To Eat

When you get away from the hussle and bustle of city life you know you're going to find some great rural and traditional eateries where the pace of life is much more relaxed.



Places To Stay

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