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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

  • ‘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…

  • Stargazing Tips for Beginners: In and Around the Solar System
  • 9th August 2016

  • Who could resist taking up amateur astronomy as a hobby? It may not always mean long weekends away on camping trips, or Hubble – like views of distant galaxies and far away nebulae (in fact…

  • Perseid Meteor Shower
  • 7th August 2016

  • The details for this event have been updated, including a revised start time. Please see the Event page for full details.

  • Interesting Facts About 10 Obscure Northern Constellations
  • 5th August 2016

  • We all know the major constellations like those of the zodiac, or others like Orion, Ursa Major, Cassiopeia, and others, but how many of us know the small, obscure constellations and how they came to…