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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)

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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

May
19

Pollination Workshop

An illustrated talk will introduce the weird and wonderful world of...

Recent posts

  • Nationwide cake sale
  • 29th March 2018

  • We would like to send out a huge thank you to the four local branches of the Nationwide Building Society (Canterbury, Margate, Birchington and Cliftonville) who held a cake sale on Wednesday 28th March to…

  • Nationwide cake sale in aid of MNR
  • 22nd March 2018

  • Local branches of the Nationwide Building Society are supporting  Monkton Nature Reserve by holding a cake sale in aid of raising funds for the maintenance of our observatories. The branches supporting us are Canterbury, Margate,…

  • Weekend Closure
  • 16th March 2018

  • Due to the amber weather warning forecast for this weekend, the Reserve will not be open to the public on Saturday 17th or Sunday 18th March.

  • More Volunteering Roles Added
  • 21st February 2018

  • We have added 4 more roles to the list of volunteering opportunities available. We are looking for volunteers to lead educational activities, look after plant sales and for our website and social media platforms. More…