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Monkton Nature Reserve

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Conservation and Education

For the local community

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Our own observatories

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Prices & Opening Times

Prices & Opening Times

OPENING HOURS

Monday to Sunday – 7 days a week
Summer: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm  (April to October inclusive)
Winter:    10:00 am to 3:00 pm  (November to March inclusive) (more…)

Around the Reserve

Around the Reserve

Monkton Nature Reserve is a 16 acre wildlife oasis reclaimed from a former chalk quarry in East Kent, and it is now home to many protected and endangered species of fauna and flora.

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Children’s Activities

Children’s Activities

We have a variety of children’s activities that will keep our younger visitors’ entertained, and encourage an interest in nature at the same time!

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Second-hand Bookshop

Second-hand Bookshop

Our second-hand bookshop has an extensive range of approximately 10,000 books for sale, both fiction and non-fiction.

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Monkton Stargazers

Monkton Stargazers

Monkton Nature Reserve is home to the Monkton Stargazers astronomy group and the two Thanet Observatories.

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Field Study Centre

Field Study Centre

There is much of interest to see in the exhibition areas of the Field Study Centre, and entrance is FREE.

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Upcoming Events

May
14

Pollination Workshop

An illustrated talk and practical session with environmental biologist Clive Nuttman....
May
28

Open Weekend 2016

Our annual Open Day, will be an 'Open Weekend' this year!...

Recent posts

  • Upcoming Events
  • 4th May 2016

  • This coming week we have three events lined up for you. On Saturday 7th May we have a Butterflies & Birds Walk given by experienced naturalist, Dave Feast. On Monday 9th the Monkton Stargazers astronomers…

  • Woodland Glade
  • 24th April 2016

  • This past winter, our volunteers have been busy coppicing in the woodland. Over the years, the canopy has grown too dense, cutting out the light to the woodland flora and spreading too much ivy that…

  • Frenken Room Refurbishment
  • 17th April 2016

  • Over the past eighteen months the Frenken Room in the Field Study Centre has undergone a slow but steady refurbishment. Graham, with a little bit of help from me (Lester), both of us volunteers, have…

  • Butterflies and Birds Walk
  • 16th April 2016

  • A new event has been added to the calendar for May; a guided walk around the reserve to view the butterflies and birds. For more details, see the Events page.