Monkton Nature Reserve Open Day 2017 - Mel Relf

Monkton Nature Reserve had a fantastic turn out for their annual Open Day which was held this year on the 6th August.

The Reserve had free entry for the day and attracted hundreds of visitors through the doors for a day of activities, stalls, live music, refreshments, and tombolas.

Educational activities were put on, such as pond dipping sessions which were fully booked for the entire day, and birds of prey talks where children got up-close and personal with real birds and learnt about owls, hawks and falcons.


Visitors could also learn about astronomy with the Monkton Stargazers who opened up the two on-site Observatories, as well as learning about the seashore with the Thanet Coastal Project, the work of the RSPB and learning about bees and beekeeping with the
Thanet Beekeepers (with the chance to buy fresh local honey – yum!)

Visitors got to enjoy the beautiful weather whilst listening to live music outside the new cabin, which was serving teas, coffees and cakes.


Regular trails and activities were running throughout the day, including the dinosaur trail where children answer questions about dinosaurs and fossils and the fairy trail where children can hunt for fairy houses amongst the trees.






The grand opening of the newly refurbished Frenken Room Museum was also held at midday, where councillors, Mayors and individuals who have played a large role in the history of the museum or the Reserve, were invited as special guests.

Individuals included representatives of the Alan Willett Foundation, named after the former Lord Lieutenant of Kent who was one of Monkton Nature Reserve’s major benefactors.

The Frenken Room Museum had been closed for refurbishment since early January and visitors were excited to see the new display cabinets, lighting, and flooring.  

The Open Day attracted many new visitors, particularly families, and visitors enjoyed their time, with photos and videos being shared on the Monkton Nature Reserve’s Facebook page



*Photo credit to Mel Relf with thanks for sharing them with us and permission to publish.