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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 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

  • World Space Week event
  • 17th September 2017

  • On Saturday 7th October the Monkton Stargazers will be taking part in the international celebration of World Space Week. In the afternoon from 1pm there will be a variety of activities accessible to all ages….

  • Heritage Open Weekend
  • 9th September 2017

  • Monkton Nature Reserve is taking part in this years Heritage Open Weekend. Kashmir, our Education Offiver, was interviewed on 107.8 Academy FM Thanet about the Reserve. Here is what she had to say.

  • Bargain Books for September
  • 31st August 2017

  • I am pleased to report that the Reserve had a very successful Open Day on 6 August, with many people taking out membership. The bookshop also had a good day and we had quite a…

  • Pond Dipping at Monkton Nature Reserve
  • 17th July 2017

  • During the summer school holidays, Monkton Nature Reserve will be holding a limited number of pond dipping sessions. These will be held on Thursdays over six consecutive weeks. Places are limited, so booking will be…