From the many of you who have been in touch, we know how much you are looking forward to getting back out in to nature and enjoying Monkton Nature Reserve once again. It is, however, with great regret that we are sorry to say that we cannot open to the public soon; we have decided to work towards re-opening in Spring 2021. We will only do so when we have everything in place to keep everyone safe.

Click here to read the full statement………


We have been trying to contact all members of Monkton Nature Reserve. If you have not heard from us, please call 01843 822666 or email as soon as possible so that we can share our latest news and update our records.

As well as the Newsletter, in order to keep you ‘in touch’ with nature and our work at the Reserve during closure, here are a couple of links to some videos. Firstly, our thanks go to Nik Mitchell who has produced a short film of nature ‘taking over’ at Monkton, and used his drone to capture some wonderful ‘bird’s eye’ footage!

Wild Explorers films are designed to be used in the Primary School classroom to help teachers raise children’s awareness, knowledge and enjoyment of the natural world

Michael Maloney of Countrywide Productions has produced a series of Natural History films intended to introduce children to the fascination of the Natural World. Two of these, How do birds feed? and Life in a Pond contain images shot at Monkton and can be viewed here.

Michael has also produced Conservation under ‘Lockdown’ – a short video illustrating that work towards reopening is underway at the Reserve.

Monkton Nature Reserve is a unique environment for British flora and fauna that thrive on chalk-based habitats. Our grassland contains many species of rare orchids and a variety of wildflowers; our woodland is over 40 years old and a haven for birds; our ponds teem with wildlife.