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Horndon Meadow Nature Reserve

The highlight on this 2 acre nature reserve is a fine display of several hundred spikes of Green-winged Orchids in early May. It is important primarily for its wild flowers, containing about 80 species.

This 2 acre reserve is a small unimproved hay meadow, which has probably never been ploughed. It is important primarily for its wild flowers, containing about 80 species.

What to look for:

The highlight is a fine display of several hundred spikes of Green-winged Orchids in early May, when patches of Adder's-tongue Fern can also be seen. These are followed by Yellow Rattle in profusion, several patches of Musk Mallow, and the prominent spikes of Black Knapweed, which attract the reserve's butterflies.

Accessible at all times. Small site suitable for dog walking.

Directions - On the B1007 from Horndon-on-the-Hill to Basildon, about 2km from Horndon village. The entrance is at Tyelands Farm, from where a track leads to a gate on the right opening into the meadow. Park considerately by the track and take care when pulling out on to the main road afterwards.

Public Transport - Nothing suitable

Did you know?

Recommended time to visit is April to July for wild flowers, for the orchids early May.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Meadow

Nearby nature reserves

Langdon Visitor Centre
2 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Stanford Warren Nature Reserve
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Horndon Meadow
Nature Reserve
On the B1007 from Horndon-on-the-Hill to Basildon, about 2km from Horndon village
Horndon-on-the-Hill
Essex
Map reference
TQ 672 851
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Get directions
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Opening Times
Accessible at all times
Size
0.81 hectares
Parking
yes
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960
admin@essexwt.org.uk