The Mill Meadows Society
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Mill Meadows, Billericay, is a 90-acre Local Nature Reserve and one of the finest ancient meadow systems in Essex. Centuries of grazing have created the ideal conditions for a wonderful diversity of wild flowers, fungi, insects and invertebrates, many of which are rare. It contains an area of 16.63 acres (6.73 ha) declared as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its unimproved neutral grassland.

The site is protected from development by green belt planning legislation and by a covenant lasting until the year 2070 restricting use to outdoor recreation and social activities. The owner of the site, Basildon Council, is working with Natural England DEFRA to maintain and enhance the rural character and natural history of the meadows while still allowing visitors access for quiet recreation.

Cattle sometimes graze on the reserve during the spring and summer months. This grazing encourages the growth of flora. The cattle are indifferent to people and dogs provided that they are not harassed in any way.

Dogs, kept under control, are allowed on the reserve. Please pick up dog litter. Bins are provided for disposal.

The site has rare species and supports a characteristic flora of a grassland type that is very much reduced within the Essex landscape, due to development and agricultural improvement.

Upcoming Events

Monday 31st October 2016
Illustrated talk - Amphibians 7.45pm
Day Centre, Chantry Way
hosted by The Norsey Wood Society
Monday 31st October 2016
Amphibians and Reptiles of Norsey Wood.
Day Centre, Chantry Way, Billericay
Illustrated talk by Ray Cranfield. 7.45pm in the Day Centre, Chantry Way, Billericay hosted by The Norsey Wood Society
Saturday 12th November 2016
Fungus Foray on Mill Meadows
meet at The Scout Hall, Greens Farm Lane 10.30am
our annual search for Autumn fungii including colourful waxcaps, which an expert will identify for us. wear clothing suitable for the weather and wet and possible muddy areas.
Saturday 3rd December 2016
Veteran Tree Walk
Mill Meadows
Meet at The Scout Hall, Greens Farm Lane at 10.30.
Saturday 10th December 2016
Work party 10.30 - 12.30 then festive treats
meet at The Scout Hall, Greens Farm Lane
wear clothes and footwear suitable for weather/ possible muddy areas. Tools and gloves provided. Sorry no dogs.
Saturday 7th January 2017
Work party 10.30 - 12.30
The Scout Hall, Greens Farm Lane
wear suitable footwear and clothes for muddy conditions and weather. tools and gloves provided. sorry no dogs, even if you are the chairman