Green Winged Orchid Emily McParland

Horndon Meadow Nature Reserve

A small nature reserve where hundreds of wildflowers bloom in spring

Location

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Horndon-on-the-Hill
Essex
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OS Map Reference

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A static map of Horndon Meadow Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Parking information

Park considerately by the track and take care when pulling out on to the main road afterwards

Access

The entrance is at Tyelands Farm, from where a track leads to a gate on the right opening into the meadow, it is accessible at all times

Dogs

Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Accessible at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

More than 80 species of wildflower have been found on this small nature reserve, with several hundred Green-winged Orchids blooming in May. The reserve also supports patches of Adder’s-tongue Fern, an uncommon species in the UK.

The wonderful display of Orchids are followed by a profusion of Yellow-rattle and the prominent spikes of Black Knapweed, attracting a whole variety of butterfly species.

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