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Horndon Meadow

2ac/1ha  

Grid ref: TQ 672 851 (click for o/s map)

Updated 25/08/2014


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A small unimproved hay meadow on clay soil, which has probably never been ploughed. It is important primarily for its wild flowers, containing about 80 species. 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 large amounts of yellow rattle, several patches of musk mallow, and lots of black knapweed, attracting many butterflies and other insects

Visiting

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.

Accessible at all times

April to July for wild flowers (early May for orchids in particular).


Photo © John Turner