Conservation and Education
Our own observatories
Monkton Nature Reserve is a hidden gem, set in 16 beautiful acres of an abandoned chalk quarry, which has been dramatically reclaimed by nature. It features many important habitats including woodland, cliffs and important chalk grassland., fascinating geology and rare orchids including Bee, Man, and occasionally Lizard Orchids. There are numerous species of chalk-loving plants, small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and at least 26 species of butterfly, and a wide variety of birds. (more…)
Already the hard work of our volunteers has succeeded in creating a thriving and successful nature reserve at Monkton. We want to build on this in the future and need your help.
If you would like more information on how to become a member, please download our membership form via the ‘Supporting us’ section on the menu.
Membership fees 2015
Joint (2 adults at same address) £18.00
Family 2 adults and 2 children (children 16 & under) (£18.00)
On the reserve
Woodland walks (more…)
A number of nature trail paths have been laid out around the reserve. An interpretative guide is included as part of the admission price. Ask for our trails leaflets.
The Woodland Trail: This walk goes around the top section of the reserve into the woodland, and has many good panoramic views. Children must be supervised by an adult. (more…)
There is much of interest to see in the exhibition areas of the Field Study Centre. Displays usually include pond-life aquaria, local archaeology, and the only comprehensive geological collection in this part of Kent.
We will be meeting at 9pm to view the Perseid Meteor shower.
Monkton Nature Reserve is unique in East Kent as the only privately owned nature reserve, held in trust for the local community.
Sorry no dogs allowed! Dogs are not permitted on Monkton Nature Reserve:the area is very sensitive and wildlife is easily disturbed, especially nesting birds. (Assistance dogs are welcome.)
Please note, every image displayed on this website was taken at the reserve.
Monkton Nature Reserve is owned by Thanet Countryside Trust, a registered charity, which holds the reserve in trust for the people of Thanet and East Kent.
Registered no: 285972
Looking for a children’s birthday party with a difference? Have your day here at Monkton Nature Reserve. Call Dave Edgar on 01843 822666 for more information