Natureland Seal Sanctuary

Coordinates: 53°08′55″N 0°20′49″E / 53.1486°N 0.347°E / 53.1486; 0.347
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Natureland Seal Sanctuary
Legal statusNon-profit organisation
PurposeSeals in East Lindsey
Region served
East Lindsey coast

Natureland Seal Sanctuary, also referred to as Skegness Natureland or Skegness Seal Sanctuary is an animal attraction in Skegness, Lincolnshire, England.


Natureland is a seal sanctuary, with a

cacti from the US, Mediterranean shrubs and banana plants.[4]

In the seal hospital, orphaned seal pups are reared before eventually being released back into the wild.[5] 30-60 seals are rescued by Natureland each winter.[6][7] In April 2018 Natureland rescued their 800th seal.[8]

There are daily talks where the resident seals show off natural behaviours that have been enhanced by a training programme.

Facilities at the centre include a cafe/restaurant, gift shop, customer toilets and a small area for children to try their hand at activities including brass rubbing.

It is situated on North Parade, next to the beach, and open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. There is a fee for entry.[9]


Before Natureland was opened there were butterfly houses, known even then as the 'Floral Palace', an aquarium and a gift shop at the site, which was run by an investment company based in Manchester.[3]

Natureland was founded in 1965 by John Yeadon, when it was opened by

Princess Margaret and the attraction is still run by Yeadon's family.[8][3]

African penguin at Natureland in 2005

In 1966/67 Natureland featured in the BBC children's television programme Blue Peter and was visited by John Noakes.[3]

In 1981 Natureland rescued a walrus, which they named 'Wally', which had strayed from the animals' usual Arctic range.[10] It is rare for walruses to visit the United Kingdom and then they are usually only seen around the Scottish islands.

In 2012 Natureland rescued a rare hooded seal, which had travelled to Lincolnshire all the way from Greenland.[11]

In 2015 a television series about the attraction ran on Estuary TV.[12] and in 2017 BBC One ran a feature about Natureland on a programme called Countryfile Winter Diaries.[13]

See also


  1. ^ Educational Visits UK
  2. ^ Hennessy, Peter (27 December 2018). "11 things to do on the Lincolnshire coast during winter". lincolnshirelive. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Natureland in Skegness celebrates its half-century". Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Floral Palace & Tropical Butterflies". Skegness Natureland. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  5. ^ O'Flinn, Holly (5 July 2018). "Fishing wire nearly killed this seal - but look at her now!". lincolnshirelive. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Winter storm 'battered seals' released". BBC. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Seal rescue centre 'almost full'". BBC. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b O'Flinn, Holly (14 April 2018). "Watch as two seals are released in milestone moment for rescue centre". lincolnshirelive. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Opening Times". Skegness Natureland. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  10. ^ Skegness Standard - Seal Sanctuary Reaches Major Rescue Landmark
  11. ^ Metro - Lost Seal Pup Winds Up In Skegness After 3200km Trip From Greenland
  12. ^ IMDB - Access All Areas: Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Skegness
  13. ^ The Skegness Siren - Natureland on TV

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