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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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Welcome

Welcome

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…)

Volunteers

Volunteers

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.

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Membership

Membership

Membership
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
Single £12.00
Joint (2 adults at same address) £18.00
Family  2 adults and 2 children (children 16 & under) (£18.00)
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Facilities

Facilities

On the reserve
Nature trails
Fairy trail
Dinosaur trail
Dragonfly Pond
Upper Pond
Woodland walks (more…)

Nature Trails

Nature Trails

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…)

Field Centre

Field Centre

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.

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Upcoming Events

Jul
11

Bat & Moth Evening

Sadly the cold, gloomy weather made for a disappointing bat and...
Aug
04

What Are Dinosaurs

Come along to the Field Study Centre on Tuesday 4th August from 1-2.30pm to find out more about fossils and dinosaurs. Our expert, Lester, will be on hand to tell us about: What are dinosaurs? A brief history of dinosaur hunting Fossils and how to look for them. The afternoon is suitable for all ages and will cost £2 for members, £1 for children. Please call us to book your place.
Aug
09

Perseid Meteor

We will be meeting at 9pm to view the Perseid Meteor shower.

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

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