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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

Open 6 days a week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Closed Wednesday.
Summer: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, last admission 4.00pm  (April to October inclusive)
Winter:    10:00 am to 3:00 pm, last admission 2.00pm  (November to March inclusive)

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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 8,000 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


Recent posts

  • Astronomy News
  • 12th October 2018

  • On Saturday 20th October the Monkton Stargazers are taking part in the International Observe the Moon Night. Further details can be found here. This will be followed on Friday 26th October by one of our…

  • Online membership payment
  • 11th October 2018

  • You can now pay for your membership of Monkton Nature Reserve online. Just go to our Payments for Membership page. Here you can take out or renew a membership, and choose whether to take out…

  • Wednesday winter closure
  • 28th September 2018

  • Starting from 3rd October the Reserve will be closed to the public on Wednesday’s for the duration of the winter period. This one-day closure will help facilitate various works and projects that are planned. At…

  • Volunteer Position – Plants
  • 25th September 2018

  • We are looking for a volunteer with ‘green fingers’ to tend our expanding plant sales section. The majority of plants we get are donated and, sometimes, unlabelled. The role will entail repotting, identifying, labelling, and…