Sunday, 6 January 2013

Seal pup tourists on Norfolk coast 'chaotic for roads'

Almost 30,000 people visiting a Norfolk beach in the past three months to see hundreds of newborn seal pups have caused "parking chaos", a warden said.

Peter Anstell, chair of the Friends of Horsey Seals (FHS), said the "phenomenal" number of pups had turned Horsey into a tourist attraction.

Volunteers from FHS are attempting to keep visitors from disturbing the record 600 pups on the beach.

Norfolk Police has advised people to stay away because of traffic problems.

Grey seals begin arriving at Horsey beach in November, give birth over the coming months, and suckle their young before leaving in late January or February.

In the past decade, the number of seals born on the beach has risen from about six to about 600 this season, which Mr Anstell described as "a bit of a phenomenon".

"Visitor numbers is a real issue for local people," he said.

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