Hellesdon Mill first mentioned in records between 1042 - 1066. It was completely rebuilt and started being used again in 1684. Over the years it has been sold, let out and also unfortunately burnt down in 1805. Luckily it was rebuilt (again!) and in the 1800's a very large Mill stood there. The council demolished the Mill in the 1920's and in recent years the adjoining buildings have been turned into flats. This mill has lived a very eventful life, and is now home to a variety of wildlife.
Habitat - The Mill itself contains a weirpool and has the River Wensum flowing through it. Around the Mill is a variety of habitats, including reedbeds and scrublands. As there are houses nearby, the gardens also mean that garden birds can be seen around. Across the river from the Mill (which can be accessed by the bridge at the end of the road - there's a path over the bridge), there are the marshes and more reedbeds. This connects to the Marriots Way. Species- The kingfisher is a frequent visitor, flying past along the river and sometimes if you are lucky you will see it perched on an overhanging branch. Summer- Grey Wagtails are seen often down at the Mill, feeding on the insects. Little Egret can be seen on the waters edge, as well as the Mute Swan who usually nests local too. Swifts can be heard screaming in the skies, as well as House Martins.
Access- There is a car park situated a 100m down the road from the Mill. Height restrictions apply - barriers around 2m high. There is also limited parking along the road, please park sensibly.