We would like to thank all Volunteers for the huge efforts that went in to getting the Reserve open for the recent restricted Member Days. On the day, and behind the scenes, your time and help are greatly appreciated. We welcomed over 220 visitors to the site across the 4 ‘member-only’ Saturdays and the half-term ‘Scavenger Scramble’ & ‘Hallowe’en Hunt’. Quite apart from raising c£1,000 through various ways, we were able to give our visitors a much-needed positive experience and some value for their continued membership, so our thanks to them as well.
Volunteers have been able to return to the Reserve since early September and have been busy catching up on vital conservation management work as well as installing a new ‘accessibility’ ramp to the outdoor demonstration area. This work has mainly involved clearance of bracken, young shrubs and grass in the areas of open chalk grassland, both on the old quarry floor and at the upper level near the Loess Pit.
We are very aware that no Newsletters were published last year. To keep volunteers, members and potential visitors updated during the Reserve closure it has been decided to make the next few issues available to all. The July, August, September, October, November, December 2020 and February 2021 issues can now all be found in the Newsletter Archive. A direct link to a PDF version of the latest version can be found here as well as on the Reserve front page.
Unfortunately we are currently not able to process either Donations or Membership Subscriptions on-line. However Subscription Forms can still be downloaded via the button at the bottom of the Membership page and returned to us by post.
Monkton Nature Reserve hope that you like the look and feel of our new Web site theme. We have been taking advantage of the lock-down closure of the Reserve to change the design but not the content of the old site. We also hope to be adding new material shortly.
Furthermore, the Thanet Countryside Trust would like to apologise for the recent extended downtime experienced with our old site owing to issues with our provider.
We are sorry to have to report that as of today (8/6/20), and adhering to current Government guidelines, the Thanet Conservation Trust are still not in a position to open the Reserve to the public.
We would like to thank all our previous visitors, members and friends for their understanding in this matter, as well as the members of our affiliated astronomy group, the Monkton Stargazers.
Any changes to this decision will initially be made via our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/monktonreserve/