Monkton Nature Reserve
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.
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
Free car parking
Restaurant / Cafe / Tea shop
Groups: £10 Family