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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

THE RESERVE WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC DURING THE  CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK.

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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


Recent posts

  • Coronavirus – Closure
  • 23rd March 2020

  • URGENT NOTICE – MONKTON NATURE RESERVE 23RD MARCH 2020   In line with government advice relating to self-isolation and social distancing, the trustees of the Thanet Countryside Trust have made the decision to close the…

  • OPENING UPDATE
  • 21st March 2020

  • There will be a temporary restricted access for the public this weekend (March 21 -22). The Field Study Centre is temporarily closed to the public until further notice to support efforts to contain the spread…

  • The Reserve is closed!
  • 14th March 2020

  • Monkton Nature Reserve would like to apologise to all potential visitors, but owing to concerns over Coronavirus, the Thanet Countryside Trust has decided to temporarily close the Reserve to the general public until further notice…

  • Field Study Centre flooring update
  • 6th March 2020

  • The new flooring in the Field Study Centre is now complete. It covers the entrance lobby, reception area, natural history museum, bird viewing area, main bookshop room and the rear corridor and has made a…