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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

  • May Bargain Books
  • 30th April 2017

  • MONKTON NATURE RESERVE BOOKSHOP Another month gone by! We are gradually getting sorted after major upheavals in the bookshop. Thanks to Kashmir, our Education Officer, we now have some of our books featured in a…

  • Mains Monday!!
  • 23rd April 2017

  • Monday 24th April will (if all goes without a hitch) finally see the Field Study Centre (FSC) switching over to mains electricity. Not only will this provide us with a steady, constant power supply, but…

  • Reserve’s ‘Bargain Books’ on Facebook
  • 16th April 2017

  • On our Facebook page, Monkton Nature Reserve Official Site, we have set up an album specifically to highlight some of the books we have in our second-hand bookshop. The album is called Bargain Books. Some…

  • Entrance Works Complete
  • The building works at the entrance to the Reserve have now been completed. We would like to thank all our visitors for their patience and understanding over the past few weeks.