VIDEO - Get up close to grey seals

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An opportunity to visit England’s largest breeding population of Atlantic grey seals and witness first-hand the trials and tribulations young pups face in the first weeks of their life has arisen on the Farne Islands.

This year, for a limited period, National Trust will share this exciting experience in a new tour in which visitors will be able to land on the seal breeding colony for the first time in the Trust’s 87 years on the Farnes.

From Saturday to Wednesday, October 13 to 31 two visitor boats will sail from Seahouses Harbour, accompanied by a National Trust Ranger, and land on Staple Island, one of the larger islands in the Farnes archipelago.

There, they will be met by a team of National Trust Rangers who will share their first-hand experience of working with seals.

This video was shot by Gazette photographer Jane Coltman when she headed to the Farnes today.