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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

  • Membership Renewal Reminder
  • 29th January 2017

  • This is just a gentle reminder that, if you have not already done so, memberships are due for renewal for 2017. If you wish to ensure that you keep informed of developments at the Reserve…

  • Dane Valley Woods Action Day
  • 23rd January 2017

  • The Dane Valley Woods community group are holding a volunteering Woodland Action Day on Sunday January 29th between 10am and 1pm. If anyone is interested in helping to create a 13 acre woodland site in…

  • Dane Valley Woods Affiliation
  • Thanet Countryside Trust is wishing to form affiliations with other like-minded conservation groups around the Isle of Thanet. By helping each other, the Trust believes that the affiliated groups will be better able to help…

  • Impromptu Astronomy Viewing Session
  • On the evening of Friday 20th January the Monkton Stargazers held another of their impromptu astronomy viewing sessions. These sessions are advertised to members of Monkton Nature Reserve who take up the option of free…