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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

Mar
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Star Party

Subject to the building work at Monkton Nature Reserve being finished,...

Recent posts

  • Dane Valley Woods volunteers day.
  • 18th March 2017

  • Our affiliated partner, Dane Valley Woods community group, is holding their monthly volunteers day on Sunday 26th March when they will be doing some wildflower meadow sowing between 10am and 1pm. If anyone wishes to…

  • Essential Works Update
  • 17th March 2017

  • This is an update on the essential works currently ongoing at the Reserve: The mains electrical cable has now been laid between the main gate and the Field Study Centre (FSC) and the trench, which…

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE
  • 9th March 2017

  • Please be aware that, due to essential work to bring mains electricity to the Reserve, there will be significant disruption to the access to the Reserve until Friday 17th March. If you are thinking of…

  • Mains Electricity and Drainage Works
  • 5th March 2017

  • Work is finally due to commence on Monday 6th March to bring mains electricity to the Reserve. The work by UK Power Networks is scheduled to take about 10 working days. In conjunction with this…