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

Thursday 27th April 2017
Wildlife Through my lens
Reading Rooms, Billericay High Street, 7.45
Photographs and a talk by Essex naturalist Liz Huxley. Liz is a keen watcher and photographer of wildlife. Formerly of Essex Wildlife Trust, Liz leads walks and gives talks and tuition on wildlife
Sunday 7th May 2017
Green Woodlands Day
Norsey Wood
the annual Open Day : stalls, refreshments, heavy horses, wood turning, live birds of prey on display, Morris men and more
Saturday 13th May 2017
Work party 10.30 - 12.30
meet at Scout Hall Greens Farm Lane
tools provided. Wear clothes and footwear suitable for the weather, may be muddy in places.
Saturday 20th May 2017
Bird Walk
Queens Park Country Park 6.30- 8.00 am
hear and view the birds in the country park and nearby farmland. Please book if you are coming: email
Saturday 10th June 2017
Wildflower Walk 10.30-12.30
meet at Scout Hall Greens Farm Lane
enjoy Heath Orchids and other wildflowers that are rare in Essex
Saturday 8th July 2017
Butterfly Walk
meet at The Scout Hall, Greens Farm Lane
10.30 -12.30 (weather permitting) a walk around Mill Meadows identifying butterflies including Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Ringlet with the possibility of Small Copper, Painted Lady, Purple Hairstreak or Marbled White