Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Monday, 22 November 2010

Healthy seal pup numbers in Skomer Marine Nature Reserve

Skomer Marine Nature Reserve records the numbers of seal pups born each year in the Reserve .  These are the Atlantic Grey seals, they are born on beaches and caves from August through to December with the peak months usually September and October.  So far this year 155 have been born at island sites and 101 at mainland sites - on track for a healthy 2010 total for the Reserve.

The mainland sites are from Martins Haven on the north side of the Marloes peninsula and  includes all the caves and bays southwards to Gateholm just before Marloes Sands. The most popular sites can be found on the 'Deer Park' and this is the easiest place for walkers to spot them, at these sites 8 pups were born the week of 15th November - so it is still worth a visit!

Posted by Kate Lock, CCW, Skomer MNR

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