Monkton Nature Reserve


Monkton Nature Reserve is a unique environment for British flora and fauna that thrive on chalk-based habitats. It is a charity managed by The Thanet Countryside Trust. 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. Our aims are the promotion of conservation and education for the community.

Things to do

Trail Walks
Sculpture Hunt
Nature Bingo
Brass Rubbing
Bat Cave
Chalk Cliffs


Plan Your Visit

The Reserve is open to both members and the general public on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (Friday during school holidays only), Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am-4.00pm. Last entry to the reserve is 3.00pm. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to open on Bank Holidays.

The Reserve

Monkton Nature Reserve is situated in a 16-acre abandoned chalk quarry on the Isle of Thanet in East Kent.

There are over 350 species of flowering plant, including 10 species of orchid, and 25 species of butterfly have been recorded, along with innumerable other species of insect, mammal, and birdlife.

Support Us

We are a non-profit organisation, and all monies are put back into running the reserve and facilities for future generations.


  • Unlimited FREE entrance to Monkton Nature Reserve during normal opening hours
  • Reduced prices for some special talks, presentations and events
  • Early notice of school holiday, half-term and other events
  • A regular Newsletter covering events at the Reserve and issues relating to the Trust


Year 6 pupils enjoyed a fascinating day at Monkton Nature Reserve. Situated in a 16-acre abandoned chalk quarry and a host to an abundance of flora and fauna, the pupils enjoyed rotating through four activities; pond dipping, a nature walk, a visit to the museum, and collecting minibeasts. What a great day they had!”

Junior Kings Canterbury

“2nd Birchington Guides enjoyed our first of 2 meetings at Monkton nature reserve this evening. The Guides had a great time pond dipping & making bird feeders in beautiful surroundings- looking forward to our next visit!”

Birchington Guides

“I honestly can’t recommend Monkton Nature Reserve enough. Such a beautiful place filled with the most amazing volunteers that keep this absolute little gem of a nature reserve going. We have hunted for fairies, looked at fossils, bugs and butterflies, run, jumped and crunched through leaves, explored some of the many trails AND met some lovely people. For only £25 the family annual pass is SO worth doing. We all can’t wait to go back for some more fun!”

Candice Baker


All summer holiday activities are now available to book on our ‘Events’ page.


Help us grow

Thanet Countryside Trust