The Reserve in 1984

The reserve in 1984

The 16 acres of the Reserve contain a range of diverse wildlife habitats, including woodland, cliffs and important chalk grassland, with water-life in the ponds and bats in the cave. Geological features and the flora and fauna can be closely studied.

There are numerous species of chalk-loving plants, small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians such as Great Crested Newts. Eight species of rare orchid, including Bee, Man, and Lizard Orchids, 26 species of butterfly, and a wide variety of birds, have all been recorded at the Reserve.

There are two trails for our visitors to explore, one within the chalk quarry and another along the top of the cliffs to the woodland, with scenic views across the surrounding countryside.

The Reserve is home to the Thanet Observatory, where astronomy activities are regularly held by the Monkton Stargazers.

Entry to the Field Study Centre is free, where visitors can see the geological specimens, archaeological artefacts and natural history display, and browse the second-hand bookshop.

Please take some time to look over our new website, much more information is available through the drop-down boxes above.

The same view today

The same view today


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