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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

Open 6 days a week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday. OPEN WEDNESDAYS DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ONLY.
Summer (April to October inclusive): 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, last admission onto the Reserve 4.30pm
Winter (November to March inclusive): 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, last admission onto the Reserve 2.30pm

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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 8,000 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

Apr
21

Easter Bunny Trail

Test your rabbit knowledge and win a small chocolate reward on...
Apr
22

Easter Bunny Trail

Test your rabbit knowledge and win a small chocolate reward on...

Recent posts

  • The Nature Shed Project Public Meeting
  • 10th April 2019

  • On Saturday 27th April Monkton Nature Reserve is hosting the first Public Meeting for the new Nature Shed Project. This project is aimed at people of all ages, inviting them to participate in meaningful and…

  • Easter at Monkton Nature Reserve
  • 4th April 2019

  • We have a full and varied programme of events on at the Reserve over the Easter school holiday. Head on over to the events section and we’re sure you’ll find something to interest you.  

  • A Fresh New Look
  • 26th March 2019

  • Monkton Nature Reserve has enjoyed some notable successes over the past few months, in visitor numbers, in income, and importantly in the number of very capable and dedicated staff and volunteers we now have in…

  • Food Glorious Food
  • 19th March 2019

  • The Cabin has seen some fantastic improvements over the last few months and having been recently awarded our 5 Food Hygiene Rating, we have been working on launching a new and improved coffee shop for…