Beach Life

Baby seal at Pwyllcrochan beach ©Nigel Summerley

Pembrokeshire has plenty of “secret” beaches… ones that are difficult to get to but which you can have to yourself.

But right now it also has forbidden beaches… ones where it really is not a good idea go.

That’s because it’s the seal pupping season. And seal pups have enough to cope with without the added upset of interaction with humans.

I came across a couple of them – from a distance – at Pwllcrochan beach. They were now great white blobs, almost as big as their mother – who was there keeping an eye on them, also from some distance. They appeared to have been well-fed but to be continuing to have great difficulty in figuring out what to do next and how to move around.

The large father put in an appearance from time to time but, like the mother, didn’t get very close to the offspring. It looked like the young ones would soon be left to try to make it on their own.

Such little family sagas of the wild are wonderful and irresistible to watch – but it must be stressed again: do not get near, get involved or cause these creatures stress.

Seal parents at Pwllcrochan beach ©Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health, and blogs at

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  1. October 4, 2021

    […] + My colleague Nigel Summerley spotted a family with two seal pups a couple of weeks ago but stayed well away, taking photos only from a very long distance. Read his account here. […]