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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


Recent posts

  • Discounted books for November
  • 31st October 2016

  • Our November selection of bargain books will, not surprisingly, be themed around Christmas. We have been collecting anything ‘Christmassy’ to put out at this time of year and will be looking into our box of…

  • Skywatching at a Glance – November 2016
  • Since most of the planets are difficult to observe from the UK during the month of November, it might be a good idea to spend some time observing the Moon instead, and especially the detail…

  • Craft Club
  • 20th October 2016

  • Following hot on the heels of the summer Nature Club, we will now be holding a winter Craft Club. As before, it will be presented by Kashmir, our Environmental Education Officer, and will be suitable…

  • Easy Deep Sky Targets for UK Observers – October 2016
  • 6th October 2016

  • While it is true that there is no substitute for aperture when it comes to observing deep sky objects, you don’t need a monstrously big telescope to enjoy some of the most spectacularly beautiful deep…