Two adorable seal pups have been born over the last week to spread some positive news during the pandemic.

The first pup arrived at around 3pm on Thursday, October 22, but a specific time or day is not known for the second baby seal.

The pups are born with a white fluffy coat and weigh about 14kg. The mother will stay with the pup for about three weeks and will not go back to the sea to feed for herself during this time.

Latest seal count is 20 cows, 4 bulls and 2 pups, with one of the pups in the middle of these females. | Photo: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

The latest seal count is 20 cows, 4 bulls and two pups.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has introduced a new online booking system to allow people to safely visit the grey seals at Donna Nook.

Visitor numbers are restricted to 600 per day and a one-way system will be in place, with people asked to maintain a safe distance from each other.

Male seals (bulls) can weigh up to 300kg and its blubber is about as thick as the length of your middle finger. | Photo: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

The viewing area opened on October 24 and is free for the first week, but booking is essential.

Tickets will be available here for four specified time slots and after the first week will be priced at £10 per car on Saturdays and Sundays and £7.50 per car on weekdays.

A road closure has been put in place for around 10 weeks as the Environment Agency starts work on Sincil Dyke outside Lincoln City Football Club’s LNER Stadium.

The works are part of the Environment Agency’s £6 million Lincoln flood defence project and its team will be on site until December. However, work will not take place on Lincoln City match days.

The works will involve a series of improvements to flood defences up to the Spencer Street footbridge.

The works will include strengthening the flood wall running outside the football stadium. | Photo: Environment Agency

This will include strengthening the flood wall running outside the football stadium, installing erosion protection, rock armour and steel sheet piling in specific locations along the river bank.

The scheme will help reduce the risk of flooding to local homes and businesses.

The works are part of the Environment Agency’s £6 million Lincoln flood defence project. | Photo: Environment Agency

The £6 million Lincoln Defences Project, led by the Environment Agency, began in June 2019 and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2021, subject to reasonable weather conditions.

More than 2km of riverside walls and three sluices will have been renovated including at Stamp End, as well as environmental improvements. This will generate economic benefits valued at almost £33 million.

North Lincolnshire Council is planning to plant 172,000 trees in the next few years, one for every person that lives in the area.

The target is part of a new initiative to create 25 acres of urban woodland in Scunthorpe, with tens of thousands of new trees.

It will urge residents to help plant the trees and make the area greener and cleaner, helping reduce the region’s carbon footprint.

Three new woods would be created as part of the project across Scunthorpe. They are:

  • Almost four acres of land along the length of Grange Lane North, over 2,000 trees planted from the junction with Queensway
  • Hempdyke Woods will be almost doubled in size with 7,000 trees planted from Ferry Road south through to Doncaster Road
  • Hardy Road woods extended north to meet West Common Lane and south through to Manor Park with 7,000 extra trees

The scheme is part of a £500 million Northern Forest project launched by the government, with 50 million trees being planted across the north of England over the course of 25 years.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We’ve set a very ambitious target to plant a tree for every one of the 172,000 residents of North Lincolnshire across the coming few years.

“We want to start by extending the woodland in a number of areas of Scunthorpe to create new urban woodland – the benefits of which are huge for people living in these communities.”

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