The number of seal pups born on the Farne Island this autumn has risen to 1,457, rangers have reported.
The seven National Trust rangers on the islands counted another 69 pups today and plan to do a final count on Friday before leaving for the winter.
Head ranger David Steel said: “It’s been another busy season and our population looks stable. The last count will be done on Friday as we depart the islands on Saturday.”
Rangers are busy getting organised for this weekend’s departure, but with a storm on the way they are also preparing for the worst.
David added: “It’s never that straight forward on the islands. All eyes are now glancing at the weather, as early reports indicate there is a serious storm about to batter us. We have been stuck for days in the past and nearly ran out of food in one year.”