Horndon Meadow

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Horndon Meadow: A small unimproved 2 acre 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 yellow rattle in profusion, several patches of musk mallow, and the prominent spikes of black knapweed, which attract the reserve's butterflies.

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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.

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