Summer fun exploring natural world at Monkton Nature Reserve and Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Hummingbird hawk moth at Monkton Nature Reserve by Antony-Burgess

If your youngsters like exploring nature and wildlife then a packed programme of events at Monkton Nature Reserve or the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory holiday club could be just the thing for them.

Monkton Nature Reserve is offering everything from bug hunts and building a wormery to creating a solar powered oven or learning about clouds or life in a lake.

Sessions are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11am and 1pm throughout August.

Monkton Nature Reserve

Prices per child are £3 members and £5 non members which includes entrance to the reserve. Wild classroom sessions making a campfire lunch cost £12.50 members and £15 non members and take place on  August 10 and August 15 from 11.30am.

There ate also free moth trap mornings included with reserve entrance fee on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10.15am in the education garden.

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.

Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 3:30pm.

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Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory’s Summer holiday club will take youngsters on an adventurous, natured inspired morning exploring the complex mixture of habitats, tracking a variety of different animals while learning about the natural heritage of the reserve.

Each day offers a different theme which promises to get kids socializing, while playing and learning outdoors all morning long and creating a deep connection to nature! Expect children to come home tired, dirty and carrying a range of crafts to attract wildlife to your home.

Led by an experienced team of education leaders and conservationists, the bird observatory is based on the private Sandwich Bay estate and is home to Restharrow Scrape, an artificial wetland which acts as a refuge for many birds, as well as woodland, grassland, dunes and beach!

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Spaces are limited to 18 children aged between 7 and 12 years old each day, with slots available for FREE thanks to funding from Dover District Council.

All staff are DBS checked, safeguard and first aid trained.

Dates: 31st July, 1st and 2nd August. Then 7th , 8th and 9th August.

Times: 10am to 1pm

Venue: Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, Guilford Rd, Sandwich Bay, Sandwich CT13 9PF

Cost: FREE but limited to no more than three sessions per child.