Smiler Bear is in a place of sanctuary at the moment.

Here are the clues:

  1. It is a point on the low-lying coast of north-Lincolnshire, England, north of the village of North Somercotes.
  2. A 6 miles (10 km) coastal strip stretching from Saltfleet in the south, to Somercotes Haven in the north, is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve.
  3. The area is a salt marsh.
  4. There is a resident grey seal population which returns to breed from October to December every year. In 2007, the seal colony had its best breeding season on record, with about 1,194 pups born to the 3,500 resident grey seal colony.
  5. The reserve, staffed by volunteer wardens, is accessible to the public.
  6. Media coverage of this place has led to a big increase in visitor numbers; it was visited by about 43,000 people in 2006. Surplus money collected through sales is used to further support the protection of seals.
  7. A double wooden fence was erected in 2007 to stop people touching the newborn pups.
  8. It is used by a number of Royal Air Force stations in Lincolnshire for bombing practice. The site was also made available to commercial organisations such as BMARC for firing tests.
  9. The name is popularly supposed to be derived from a ship which was part of the Spanish Armada, which sank off the Nook (a small headland) in 1588.
  10. It is part of the land owned by the Ministry of Defence and used as a bombing range.

 

So – where in the world is Smiler Bear?

Tell Mrs Baker (Geography Leader) the answer and she will give you Smilers as prizes.

Now we wonder where Smiler will be next?

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