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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

Monday to Sunday – 7 days a week
Summer: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm  (April to October inclusive)
Winter:    10:00 am to 3:00 pm  (November to March inclusive) (more…)

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 10,000 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

  • Monkton Nature Reserve Bookshop
  • 18th September 2016

  • With autumn on its way and evenings drawing in, what could be better than curling up on the sofa with a good book? We receive frequent donations of books, so it is worth popping in…

  • Annual General Meeting
  • 5th September 2016

  • The Annual General Meeting of the Thanet Countryside Trust (TCT) will be held on Saturday 24th September at Monkton Nature Reserve. If you wish to attend, you are welcome to arrive from 10-30am for an…

  • 9 Constellations with 10 Famous Stars
  • 2nd September 2016

  • The northern hemisphere contains some of the brightest stars in the entire night sky, but do you know which constellations the brightest stars in the sky are associated with? Chances are you do, but for…

  • ‘Reconstruct’ a Dinosaur!
  • 14th August 2016

  • We have produced a new fun quiz sheet for our younger visitors who do our Dinosaur Trail. Follow in the footsteps of the early paleontologists by ‘reconstructing’ a dinosaur by copying parts of the body…