Monkton Nature Reserve

Supported by Thanet District Council
Opening Times at Monkton Reserve

Summer Opening Times:
1st May to 31st october
Daily including Bank holidays
10am - 4pm

Winter Opening Times:
1st Nov to 30th April
10am - 3pm

If the flag is flying we are open!

This East Kent reserve is set in 16 beautiful acres of abandoned chalk quarry, which has been dramatically reclaimed by nature. It features many important habitats, fascinating geology and rare orchids. We also house the Thanet Observatory and the first artificial bat cave built in the UK. Facilities include a well equipped field centre with a large bookshop and picnic site

Dogs are not allowed on the reserve except for guide dogs

Click here to download our travel and support flyer.

CLICK HERE For Our Events and Activities for 2013

Please check for new public observing sessions soon.

If you would like more information on how to become a member, please download our membership form here

Monkton Nature Reserve members now get a 10% discount from Archers Low Nursery when you show your valid membership card, also 10 % discount off food and drinks at the Wingham Old Railway Tea Rooms by shoiwng your current membership card.


Click here to view our 360' panoramic virtual tour of the reserve

Recent Sightings on the Reserve

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Mistletoe (Viscum album)

Green Hairstreak
Callophrys rubi

The start of Mistletoe growth
Viscum album

Growing Mistletoe

Bordered Sallow
Pyrrhia umbra
Speckled Wood
Pararge aegeria
Grass Snake (Natrix natrix)

Grass Snake
Natrix natrix

Grass Snake
Natrix natrix

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