Monkton Nature Reserve

Monkton Nature Reserve Closure for 2020 (Coronavirus)- Statement from the Trustees:

'It is with great regret...that we have decided to close for 2020, and work towards re-opening in Spring 2021. We will only do so when we have everything in place to keep everyone safe.

The many indoor and outdoor tasks that need to be done can only be carried out under the most careful ‘Covid-secure’ protocols and following all essential risk assessment. With the amount of detail in the current advice that requires quantifying and putting into action, we cannot, in good conscience, open the reserve without spending quality time assessing the situation, especially when contracting the virus is still possible. We care too much about all our users to risk rushing back, thus contributing to a second wave of this pandemic.

We're continuing to closely follow Government guidance; our site and associated facilities are varied and at the time of this communication do not ‘completely fit’ the current business and leisure categories that have been listed for significant easing of the lockdown restrictions.

It is with a heavy heart that we have to advise that a painful outcome of the compulsory closure of the reserve has been the need to let our directly paid staff go; this was unfortunately necessary due to our financial situation - coming out of winter into a spring lockdown, followed by the complete loss of day-to-day income usually provided by an open reserve during the summer months. With no future foreseeable income but with continuing overheads we could not expose the Trust to any risk of financial deficit. We have engaged individually with all the staff concerned and provided redundancy packages. We wish them all the best for their future employment and thank them for their dedication and support.

We have now delegated responsibility to oversee the reserve’s activities during closure to Clive Nuttman, who will act as an adviser to the trustees and is the first point of contact (clive@monkton-reserve.org) on all matters related to the site.

Our website is currently being revamped and... will be completed soon.

Stay safe and well and we look forward to welcoming you back.'

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Monkton Nature Reserve is unique in East Kent as the only independently owned nature reserve, managed by Thanet Countryside Trust (Registered Charity No. 285972) for the local community. The purpose of the charity is the promotion of environmental conservation and education.

Entrance to the Field Study Centre is free, and here you will find archaeological and natural history exhibits and a large selection of second-hand books. There is a small refreshments area for drinks and simple snacks.

Modest entrance fees apply for access onto the reserve itself which features various habitats, such as chalk grassland, woodland and aquatic. Take a gentle walk around the reserve and discover lots of wildlife and wildflowers, such as birds of prey, migrating birds, newts, eight varieties of orchid and much more.

Numerous benches around the reserve will allow you a moment to take in the lovely views. There are also various activities throughout the year for children including a brass rubbing trail, a dinosaur quiz trail, a fairy house trail and an arts and crafts box in the main picnic area, just to mention a few

We also have an active astronomy group with two on-site observatories. The group holds regular viewing evenings and events throughout the year. Membership of the Monkton Stargazers is a free upgrade to the regular Reserve membership.

12-month membership schemes are available: £15 for a single adult; £20 for a joint (2 adults at the same address) or family (up to 2 adults + children at the same address). Concessionary rates are available. 

You can find us at the junction of the A253 Canterbury Road and A299 Thanet Way (CT12 4LH). The reserve can be reached by bus from Ramsgate and Canterbury. Free parking (including disabled) is available

For more information, including details of upcoming events, please go to our website. You can also find us on Facebook.

Opening Times

Open from 10am to 5pm from April to October (inclusive)
Open from 10am to 3pm from November to March (inclusive)
Closed Wednesdays during School terms

Address

Canterbury Road,
Monkton nr Ramsgate
CT12 4LH

Entry Price

Adults: £5
Children: £2.50
Concessions: £4
Groups: £10 Family