A CHANCE to see delightful seal pups in the company of National Trust Ranger Matthew Thompson is taking place at Marloes Sands this Wednesday afternoon, September 25.

This year, more than 100 Atlantic grey seal pups will be born off the coast of Pembrokeshire, a number which is increasing year on year.

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Join ranger Matthew Thompson - who has been leading seal pup walks in the area for a decade – from 1-3pm, meeting at Martin's Haven car park.

Matthew said: “When I first started volunteering with the Trust, I remember taking a tea break on the headland looking out toward the sea. I opened my flask and spotted two heads bobbing on the water. I was completely fixated, I had never seen a seal before then. It was in that moment that I decided I wanted to work for the National Trust. Even now after 10 years doing the walks, the visitors’ reactions take me back to that moment.”

Visitors will see the annual arrival of the Atlantic grey seals below the cliffs of the Deer Park on a two-mile guided walk with Matthew followed by a hot snack and drink at Runwayskiln café.

Matthew added: “When on the walks, we take special care not to disturb the pups and keep groups to a small number as seals can get distressed by large numbers. At this time of year you are guaranteed to spot the pups, whatever the weather.”

There is still some availability to enjoy a guided seal pup walk at Marloes Sands. To book a trip, visit: nationaltrust.org.uk/marloes-peninsula