The first seal pup of the year has been born on the National Trust's Farne Islands off the Northumberland Coast, marking the start of this year's annual seal count by the Island's resident Rangers. Every year, over 1500 pups are born on the islands, which is the largest Atlantic grey seal colony in England. Rangers from conservation charity the National Trust spend three months each autumn monitoring the success rate of the breeding seals. For information on how you can visit the islands and see the pups go to: https://www.nationaltrust.o... Last year a total of 1575 pups were born taking the overall Farnes population to an estimated 5000. The breeding season for seals on the Farnes can sometimes start as early as September with the majority of pups being born in October and November. Although the pups can swim at an early age they don't normally leave the breeding colony until they have been weaned and moulted their white coats. Video by North News and Pictures Ltd
Here's a little secret: the Great Outdoors really is great! It's full of crazy creatures and fantastic adventures. So we've tracked down the 50 coolest outdoor things to do before you're 11¾. Let our virtual Outdoors Explorer help motivate your kids to get outdoors See an interactive list of the best 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 Children earn rewards to help them personalise their own virtual explorer by completing each of the 50 adventures We'll give you tips on how to get better at these adventures and there's even a few games and a special explorer medal (and secret reward) for the best explorers https://www.50things.org.uk/
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