This page has been created as a source of information on everything that has been going on at the Reserve to both maintain and improve it in readiness for when we can open fully to the public again in the Spring.

FIRSTLY, SOME IMPORTANT NEWS FOR MEMBERS!

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

A(NOTHER) COVID CLOSURE DISASTER!

We desperately need your help! As if we needed further problems in already difficult circumstances, the reserve suffered a catastrophic leak from our water-supply pipe in late February. Losing the equivalent of a ‘swimming pool’ each day, we had to turn off our supply and were served with a 21-day repair notice. We engaged a contractor to replace over 160 metres of mains pipework, a task made all the more difficult because of the past use of the quarry as a rubbish tip that meant all the work had to be through ‘trenching’ and back-filling as opposed to more modern method of ‘mousing’. Our final costs were in excess of £15,000. We urgently need to raise funds by whatever means possible, so if you have experience of fundraising, can help with a donation, or just a good idea to help us, please get in touch with us by e-mail.

ON BEHALF OF THE MONKTON NATURE RESERVE TRUSTEES

FREE NEWSLETTER!

For the months of the Reserve closure, have decided to offer our Member’s Newsletter to all Web-site visitors to update you with our latest news.

As well as the Newsletter, in order to keep you ‘in touch’ with nature and our work at the Reserve, 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 work being carried out by our Volunteers towards reopening the Reserve.