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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

At Monkton Nature Reserve it is estimated that there are over 350 species of flowering plant, including 9 species of orchid. 25 species of butterfly have been recorded (half the total number of species that are found in the UK) along with many protected and endangered species of fauna and flora.

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Children’s Activities

Children’s Activities

We have a variety of activities that will keep children 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 books for sale. Proceeds from these sales are an important source of income for the charity.

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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

Feb
17

Fossils and Dinosaurs

Find out more about dinosaurs and fossils. This illustrated presentation will...
Feb
19

Birds of Prey

Our volunteer bird enthusiast, Alex, will be at the Reserve all...

General Information

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.)

For day to day, week on week images and video footage of what is happening on the reserve and what you could expect to see, please look at our fabulous Facebook page

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
Founded 1971

Are you 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