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Farming for Wildlife

Stewardship agreements cover 2.5 million hectares and there are around 14,000 English farmers with ELS agreements. DEFRA has provided some £400 million to fund these initiatives. Wildlife ‘crops’ are now part of the modern farming business. The emphasis is now shifting to quality delivery of the right habitats. Those who deliver the best value for money in terms of wildlife are more likely to be favoured, we have seen this in the targeted approach of the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme from 2016.

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EK21 Legume and Herb Rich Sward (Whole field option)

Ref: MIXEK21
Sowing rate: 10 kg per acre (25 kg/ha, 2.5 g/m²)

This all round mixture promotes biodiversity, creates habitats, produces pollen and nectar and is also a superb soil conditioner and top quality forage.   It contains deep rooting species which are drought resistant and also draws up micronutrients from deep within the soil.

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1.20kg (12%)
certified cocksfoot
0.90kg (9%)
certified perennial ryegrass
0.70kg (7%)
certified timothy
0.60kg (6%)
certified meadow fescue
0.30kg (3%)
certified tall fescue
0.50kg (5%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover
0.40kg (4%)
certified DAWN alsike clover
0.80kg (8%)
commercial Sweet Clover
2.00kg (20%)
commercial Sainfoin
0.30kg (3%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.68kg (6.8%)
certified chicory
0.90kg (9%)
Burnet forage herb
0.10kg (1%)
Yarrow forage herb
0.40kg (4%)
Sheeps Parsley forage herb
0.10kg (1%)
certified plantain
0.10kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.02kg (0.2%)
Common Sorrel
3 kg (12%)
certified cocksfoot
2.25 kg (9%)
certified perennial ryegrass
1.75 kg (7%)
certified timothy
1.5 kg (6%)
certified meadow fescue
0.75 kg (3%)
certified tall fescue
1.25 kg (5%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover
1 kg (4%)
certified DAWN alsike clover
2 kg (8%)
commercial Sweet Clover
5 kg (20%)
commercial Sainfoin
0.75 kg (3%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
1.7 kg (6.8%)
certified chicory
2.25 kg (9%)
Burnet forage herb
0.25 kg (1%)
Yarrow forage herb
1 kg (4%)
Sheeps Parsley forage herb
0.25 kg (1%)
certified plantain
0.25 kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.05 kg (0.2%)
Common Sorrel
0.12 kg (12%)
certified cocksfoot
0.09 kg (9%)
certified perennial ryegrass
0.07 kg (7%)
certified timothy
0.06 kg (6%)
certified meadow fescue
0.03 kg (3%)
certified tall fescue
0.05 kg (5%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover
0.04 kg (4%)
certified DAWN alsike clover
0.08 kg (8%)
commercial Sweet Clover
0.2 kg (20%)
commercial Sainfoin
0.03 kg (3%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.07 kg (6.8%)
certified chicory
0.09 kg (9%)
Burnet forage herb
0.01 kg (1%)
Yarrow forage herb
0.04 kg (4%)
Sheeps Parsley forage herb
0.01 kg (1%)
certified plantain
0.01 kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0 kg (0.2%)
Common Sorrel
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The Operation Pollinator Mix Just Legumes

Ref: MIXOP
Sowing rate: 4.8 kg per acre (12 kg/ha, 1.2 g/m²)

Approximately 50% of all ELS pollen and nectar areas have been sown with the Operation Pollinator seed mix. It is a mixture of legumes without grasses to provide a flower-rich area. The use of this mixture on heavy soil types is a good option where sown grasses can become dominant. There is less growth without grass which means less material when cut. All pollen and nectar mixtures are best mown after flowering, with the cuttings removed where possible to encourage further flowering. Clover-based mixtures last for three or four years and then need replacing. Sow at 10-12 kg per hectare.

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Contents

1.72kg (35.8%)
certified red clover
0.96kg (20%)
certified late flowering red clover
0.96kg (20%)
certified alsike clover
0.96kg (20%)
commercial Sainfoin
0.10kg (2.1%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.05kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.05kg (1%)
Musk Mallow
4.3 kg (35.8%)
certified red clover
2.4 kg (20%)
certified late flowering red clover
2.4 kg (20%)
certified alsike clover
2.4 kg (20%)
commercial Sainfoin
0.25 kg (2.1%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.13 kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.13 kg (1%)
Musk Mallow
0.36 kg (35.8%)
certified red clover
0.2 kg (20%)
certified late flowering red clover
0.2 kg (20%)
certified alsike clover
0.2 kg (20%)
commercial Sainfoin
0.02 kg (2.1%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.01 kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.01 kg (1%)
Musk Mallow
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Pollen & Nectar Flower Mix Grass & Legume Margin

Ref: MIXPN
Sowing rate: 8 kg per acre (20 kg/ha, 2 g/m²)

The mixture below is designed for ELS Pollen & Nectar margins but it can also be used for HLS. The field margin is the ideal place to create a visible habitat for insects, birds and mammals. The mixture lasts for around four years and is excellent for attracting bumblebees and butterflies. It can be sown from March until mid September. It is important to sow thinly and not too deep at around 10mm to allow the non-aggressive species to establish. Sow at 20 kg per hectare.

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Contents

0.40kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
0.40kg (5%)
commercial crested dogstail
1.20kg (15%)
certified sheeps fescue
1.60kg (20%)
certified meadow fescue
1.20kg (15%)
certified chewings fescue
0.40kg (5%)
certified smaller catstail
1.20kg (15%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.40kg (5%)
certified late flowering red clover
0.16kg (2%)
certified alsike clover
0.16kg (2%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.40kg (5%)
commercial Sainfoin
0.32kg (4%)
certified vetch
0.16kg (2%)
certified yellow trefoil
1 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
1 kg (5%)
commercial crested dogstail
3 kg (15%)
certified sheeps fescue
4 kg (20%)
certified meadow fescue
3 kg (15%)
certified chewings fescue
1 kg (5%)
certified smaller catstail
3 kg (15%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
1 kg (5%)
certified late flowering red clover
0.4 kg (2%)
certified alsike clover
0.4 kg (2%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
1 kg (5%)
commercial Sainfoin
0.8 kg (4%)
certified vetch
0.4 kg (2%)
certified yellow trefoil
0.05 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
0.05 kg (5%)
commercial crested dogstail
0.15 kg (15%)
certified sheeps fescue
0.2 kg (20%)
certified meadow fescue
0.15 kg (15%)
certified chewings fescue
0.05 kg (5%)
certified smaller catstail
0.15 kg (15%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.05 kg (5%)
certified late flowering red clover
0.02 kg (2%)
certified alsike clover
0.02 kg (2%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.05 kg (5%)
commercial Sainfoin
0.04 kg (4%)
certified vetch
0.02 kg (2%)
certified yellow trefoil
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Floristically Enhanced Mix Permanent Pollen & Nectar

Ref: MIXFEM
Sowing rate: 8 kg per acre (20 kg/ha, 2 g/m²)

This mixture is a longer term pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies. It is more expensive than legume based mixtures but lasts for very many years and is a good mixture for wildlife. It contains non aggressive grasses and nine native wild flowers species which are commonly found on most soils. Sow between March and September at 20 kg per hectare.

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Contents

0.40kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
0.80kg (10%)
commercial crested dogstail
0.40kg (5%)
certified smaller catstail
1.68kg (21%)
certified sheeps fescue
2.00kg (25%)
certified chewings fescue
2.00kg (25%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.08kg (1%)
Field Scabious
0.08kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.08kg (1%)
Self Heal
0.08kg (1%)
Yarrow
0.08kg (1%)
Ox-eye Daisy
0.08kg (1%)
Ladys Bedstraw
0.08kg (1%)
Meadow Buttercup
0.08kg (1%)
Musk Mallow
0.08kg (1%)
Wild Carrot
1 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
2 kg (10%)
commercial crested dogstail
1 kg (5%)
certified smaller catstail
4.2 kg (21%)
certified sheeps fescue
5 kg (25%)
certified chewings fescue
5 kg (25%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.2 kg (1%)
Field Scabious
0.2 kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.2 kg (1%)
Self Heal
0.2 kg (1%)
Yarrow
0.2 kg (1%)
Ox-eye Daisy
0.2 kg (1%)
Ladys Bedstraw
0.2 kg (1%)
Meadow Buttercup
0.2 kg (1%)
Musk Mallow
0.2 kg (1%)
Wild Carrot
0.05 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
0.1 kg (10%)
commercial crested dogstail
0.05 kg (5%)
certified smaller catstail
0.21 kg (21%)
certified sheeps fescue
0.25 kg (25%)
certified chewings fescue
0.25 kg (25%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.01 kg (1%)
Field Scabious
0.01 kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.01 kg (1%)
Self Heal
0.01 kg (1%)
Yarrow
0.01 kg (1%)
Ox-eye Daisy
0.01 kg (1%)
Ladys Bedstraw
0.01 kg (1%)
Meadow Buttercup
0.01 kg (1%)
Musk Mallow
0.01 kg (1%)
Wild Carrot
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Field Corner Mixture

Ref: MIXNEC
Sowing rate: 10 kg per acre (25 kg/ha, 2.5 g/m²)

A straightforward mixture of fine-leaved grasses and wild flowers to be sown on awkward areas within arable fields. This type of mixture is relatively slow to establish, but after the first establishment year there is a show of flowers which will provide interest for insects, birds and mammals. These areas are best distributed evenly around the farm. Sow between March and early May, or August and late September at 10 kg per acre or 25 kg per hectare.

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Contents

0.50kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
1.50kg (15%)
commercial crested dogstail
0.50kg (5%)
certified smaller catstail
3.00kg (30%)
certified sheeps fescue
2.00kg (20%)
certified chewings fescue
2.00kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.10kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.10kg (1%)
Field Scabious
0.10kg (1%)
Self Heal
0.10kg (1%)
Birdsfoot trefoil
0.10kg (1%)
Ox-eye Daisy
1.25 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
3.75 kg (15%)
commercial crested dogstail
1.25 kg (5%)
certified smaller catstail
7.5 kg (30%)
certified sheeps fescue
5 kg (20%)
certified chewings fescue
5 kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.25 kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.25 kg (1%)
Field Scabious
0.25 kg (1%)
Self Heal
0.25 kg (1%)
Birdsfoot trefoil
0.25 kg (1%)
Ox-eye Daisy
0.05 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
0.15 kg (15%)
commercial crested dogstail
0.05 kg (5%)
certified smaller catstail
0.3 kg (30%)
certified sheeps fescue
0.2 kg (20%)
certified chewings fescue
0.2 kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.01 kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.01 kg (1%)
Field Scabious
0.01 kg (1%)
Self Heal
0.01 kg (1%)
Birdsfoot trefoil
0.01 kg (1%)
Ox-eye Daisy
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Flower Rich Margin

Ref: AB8
Sowing rate: 10 kg per acre (25 kg/ha, 2.5 g/m²)

This mixture of traditional, non competitive grasses and wild flowers creates a flower-rich field margin. The species included will provide an important habitat and foraging sites for invertebrates (including wild pollinators) and farmland birds.

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3.30kg (33%)
certified RIDU sheeps fescue
2.80kg (28%)
certified SAMANTA slender creeping red fescue
1.60kg (16%)
certified Conni smooth stalked meadowgrass
1.00kg (10%)
certified SOUTHLAND crested dogstail
0.40kg (4%)
certified HIGHLAND common bentgrass
0.30kg (3%)
certified TENO smaller catstail
0.10kg (1%)
Yarrow
0.10kg (1%)
Ox-eye Daisy
0.10kg (1%)
Self Heal
0.10kg (1%)
Wild Carrot
0.10kg (1%)
Yellow Rattle
0.05kg (0.5%)
Birdsfoot trefoil
0.05kg (0.5%)
Lesser Knapweed
8.25 kg (33%)
certified RIDU sheeps fescue
7 kg (28%)
certified SAMANTA slender creeping red fescue
4 kg (16%)
certified Conni smooth stalked meadowgrass
2.5 kg (10%)
certified SOUTHLAND crested dogstail
1 kg (4%)
certified HIGHLAND common bentgrass
0.75 kg (3%)
certified TENO smaller catstail
0.25 kg (1%)
Yarrow
0.25 kg (1%)
Ox-eye Daisy
0.25 kg (1%)
Self Heal
0.25 kg (1%)
Wild Carrot
0.25 kg (1%)
Yellow Rattle
0.13 kg (0.5%)
Birdsfoot trefoil
0.13 kg (0.5%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.33 kg (33%)
certified RIDU sheeps fescue
0.28 kg (28%)
certified SAMANTA slender creeping red fescue
0.16 kg (16%)
certified Conni smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.1 kg (10%)
certified SOUTHLAND crested dogstail
0.04 kg (4%)
certified HIGHLAND common bentgrass
0.03 kg (3%)
certified TENO smaller catstail
0.01 kg (1%)
Yarrow
0.01 kg (1%)
Ox-eye Daisy
0.01 kg (1%)
Self Heal
0.01 kg (1%)
Wild Carrot
0.01 kg (1%)
Yellow Rattle
0.01 kg (0.5%)
Birdsfoot trefoil
0.01 kg (0.5%)
Lesser Knapweed
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Buffer Strip Grass Margin Mix Two, Four or Six Plus Metre

Ref: MIXGM
Sowing rate: 10 kg per acre (25 kg/ha, 2.5 g/m²)

An ideal mixture for buffer strips on cultivated land. It is suitable for all soil types and creates habitat for small mammals, invertebrates and birds. Its main purpose is to protect vulnerable areas, such as water courses, from agrochemicals and fertilisers. This mixture is suitable for ELS and can also be used as an option in HLS. Once established, these areas only need to be cut once a year after mid July. If sowing a six metre margin we recommend leaving the outer two or three metres uncut to provide tussocky cover for insects and wildlife. The best results come from either spring sowing, when the soil temperature is above 5 degrees C, or after harvest and before mid September. Later sowings are slower to establish and can be vulnerable to slugs. Sow 25 kg per hectare.

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0.50kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
2.00kg (20%)
certified timothy
2.00kg (20%)
certified meadow fescue
2.50kg (25%)
certified chewings fescue
1.00kg (10%)
certified cocksfoot
2.00kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
1.25 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
5 kg (20%)
certified timothy
5 kg (20%)
certified meadow fescue
6.25 kg (25%)
certified chewings fescue
2.5 kg (10%)
certified cocksfoot
5 kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.05 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
0.2 kg (20%)
certified timothy
0.2 kg (20%)
certified meadow fescue
0.25 kg (25%)
certified chewings fescue
0.1 kg (10%)
certified cocksfoot
0.2 kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
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Recreating Grassland

Ref: MIXRG
Sowing rate: 10 kg per acre (25 kg/ha, 2.5 g/m²)

If you enter HLS and have a requirement to recreate grassland, then your Natural England advisor will prescribe a list of species to use. Often the list will be the same or similar to the mixture below. If not, then please fax, email or phone the details through and we will cost the seed mix required. The mixture below is suitable for sowing on most soil types ranging from clays to calcareous. Frequently this type of mixture provides grass for grazing or hay production, and the mixture is formulated with this in mind. This long-term mixture is best sown from mid March until mid September. Many of the species included have small seeds and should therefore be surface sown onto a fine, firm seedbed. If broadcast, the seed should be lightly harrowed and rolled. We recommend sowing a minimum of 25 kg per hectare.

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Contents

0.50kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
1.00kg (10%)
certified sheeps fescue
3.00kg (30%)
certified meadow fescue
1.50kg (15%)
certified chewings fescue
2.00kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
2.00kg (20%)
certified timothy
1.25 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
2.5 kg (10%)
certified sheeps fescue
7.5 kg (30%)
certified meadow fescue
3.75 kg (15%)
certified chewings fescue
5 kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
5 kg (20%)
certified timothy
0.05 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
0.1 kg (10%)
certified sheeps fescue
0.3 kg (30%)
certified meadow fescue
0.15 kg (15%)
certified chewings fescue
0.2 kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.2 kg (20%)
certified timothy
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Species Rich Parkland Grassland Low Maintenance

Ref: MIXPGLM
Sowing rate: 16 kg per acre (40 kg/ha, 4 g/m²)

A slow growing and more manageable seed mixture for those with low requirements from permanent grassland. This mixture can be grazed periodically or topped to keep a tidy appearance. Sow between March and early May or August and late September at 37 kg per hectare.

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0.80kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
0.80kg (5%)
commercial crested dogstail
0.32kg (2%)
commercial sweet vernal grass
0.48kg (3%)
certified Zuberska meadow foxtail
1.60kg (10%)
certified smaller catstail
4.80kg (30%)
certified sheeps fescue
3.20kg (20%)
certified chewings fescue
4.00kg (25%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
2 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
2 kg (5%)
commercial crested dogstail
0.8 kg (2%)
commercial sweet vernal grass
1.2 kg (3%)
certified Zuberska meadow foxtail
4 kg (10%)
certified smaller catstail
12 kg (30%)
certified sheeps fescue
8 kg (20%)
certified chewings fescue
10 kg (25%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.05 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
0.05 kg (5%)
commercial crested dogstail
0.02 kg (2%)
commercial sweet vernal grass
0.03 kg (3%)
certified Zuberska meadow foxtail
0.1 kg (10%)
certified smaller catstail
0.3 kg (30%)
certified sheeps fescue
0.2 kg (20%)
certified chewings fescue
0.25 kg (25%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
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Beetle Bank Tussocky Grass Margin

Ref: MIXBB
Sowing rate: 10 kg per acre (25 kg/ha, 2.5 g/m²)

Strips sown across large arable fields are known as ‘beetle banks’. They can also be sown along field boundaries. This mixture provides a dense, tussocky sward which gets thicker as the years go by. They may be cut two or three times in the first year for annual weed control but, once established, are cut only to prevent the encroachment of woody and suckering weeds. Sow between March and early May or August to September at a depth of no more than 1cm. Minimum sowing rate of 25 kg per hectare.

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3.00kg (30%)
certified timothy
3.00kg (30%)
certified cocksfoot
2.00kg (20%)
certified chewings fescue
2.00kg (20%)
certified tall fescue
7.5 kg (30%)
certified timothy
7.5 kg (30%)
certified cocksfoot
5 kg (20%)
certified chewings fescue
5 kg (20%)
certified tall fescue
0.3 kg (30%)
certified timothy
0.3 kg (30%)
certified cocksfoot
0.2 kg (20%)
certified chewings fescue
0.2 kg (20%)
certified tall fescue
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Solar Park Permanent Grassland - Low Maintenance

Ref: MIXSPPG
Sowing rate: 10 kg per acre (25 kg/ha, 2.5 g/m²)

This is a mixture that has been designed to create a uniform and tidy green landscape of permanent grassland. It has been made using species that are long lasting and slow growing after they have established. This creates a low overall sward height that reduces interference with the panels.

It can be planted throughout most of the year, ideally from the middle of April to early September. The mixture includes a small amount of perennial ryegrass to encourage a quick establishment. Several species of white clover have been included because they are a long-term plants which encourage grass growth by fixing Nitrogen in the soil. This reduces the need for costly artificial inputs. This mix will need periodic topping or grazing, several times a year to keep a low, uniform height and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

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1.50kg (15%)
certified LAURA meadow fescue
1.60kg (16%)
certified FOXTROT perennial ryegrass
2.00kg (20%)
certified Conni smooth stalked meadowgrass
1.90kg (19%)
certified PROMESSE timothy
1.50kg (15%)
certified MAXIMA creeping red fescue
1.00kg (10%)
certified RIDU sheeps fescue
0.30kg (3%)
certified ABERPEARL white clover
0.20kg (2%)
certified ABERACE wild white clover
3.75 kg (15%)
certified LAURA meadow fescue
4 kg (16%)
certified FOXTROT perennial ryegrass
5 kg (20%)
certified Conni smooth stalked meadowgrass
4.75 kg (19%)
certified PROMESSE timothy
3.75 kg (15%)
certified MAXIMA creeping red fescue
2.5 kg (10%)
certified RIDU sheeps fescue
0.75 kg (3%)
certified ABERPEARL white clover
0.5 kg (2%)
certified ABERACE wild white clover
0.15 kg (15%)
certified LAURA meadow fescue
0.16 kg (16%)
certified FOXTROT perennial ryegrass
0.2 kg (20%)
certified Conni smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.19 kg (19%)
certified PROMESSE timothy
0.15 kg (15%)
certified MAXIMA creeping red fescue
0.1 kg (10%)
certified RIDU sheeps fescue
0.03 kg (3%)
certified ABERPEARL white clover
0.02 kg (2%)
certified ABERACE wild white clover
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One Year Winter Bird Food Survival Mixture

Ref: MIXSM
Sowing rate: 4.8 kg per acre (12 kg/ha, 1.2 g/m²)

This mixture should be sited on field margins or adjacent to hedges or woodland. It contains a good range of species which provides a food source for birds including finches and sparrows. It is also a good food source for smaller mammals. The mixture can be sown from late April until June. It is essential to sow into a warm, well-prepared seedbed which is free of weeds. A sowing rate of 12 kg per hectare is recommended.

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1.20kg (25%)
fodder radish
1.20kg (25%)
quinoa
0.48kg (10%)
certified triticale
0.48kg (10%)
white millet
0.48kg (10%)
Red Millet
0.48kg (10%)
certified linseed
0.48kg (10%)
certified Sverka mustard
3 kg (25%)
fodder radish
3 kg (25%)
quinoa
1.2 kg (10%)
certified triticale
1.2 kg (10%)
white millet
1.2 kg (10%)
Red Millet
1.2 kg (10%)
certified linseed
1.2 kg (10%)
certified Sverka mustard
0.25 kg (25%)
fodder radish
0.25 kg (25%)
quinoa
0.1 kg (10%)
certified triticale
0.1 kg (10%)
white millet
0.1 kg (10%)
Red Millet
0.1 kg (10%)
certified linseed
0.1 kg (10%)
certified Sverka mustard
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Two Year Wild Bird Seed Mix Triticale, Kale, Quinoa & Fodder Radish

Ref: MIXWBSS
Sowing rate: 20 kg per acre (50 kg/ha, 5 g/m²)

This longer-term mixture should be sown in April or May. It is based on the original mix as used on Countryside Stewardship land, but with the inclusion of fodder beet which we have found provides late seed in the second winter. It is a good seed source for wild birds and generally reliable provided flea beetle is controlled and weeds are at manageable levels. It is usually sown on field margins as strips or in blocks within arable fields. We recommended drilling the triticale first at around 35mm before surface sowing the kale, quinoa and fodder beet. Sow 50 kg per hectare.

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14.00kg (70%)
certified SOMTRI triticale
2.80kg (14%)
certified PINFOLD kale
2.80kg (14%)
quinoa
0.40kg (2%)
fodder radish
35 kg (70%)
certified SOMTRI triticale
7 kg (14%)
certified PINFOLD kale
7 kg (14%)
quinoa
1 kg (2%)
fodder radish
0.7 kg (70%)
certified SOMTRI triticale
0.14 kg (14%)
certified PINFOLD kale
0.14 kg (14%)
quinoa
0.02 kg (2%)
fodder radish
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Autumn Sown Bumblebird Mixture

Ref: AB16
Sowing rate: 12 kg per acre (30 kg/ha, 3 g/m²)

This mixture was put togather as part of the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme, it will provide food resources for farmland birds and nectar feeding insects, including butterflies and bumblebees on arable land and mixed farms. A mixture of  flowering and seed bearing plants should be established after harvest but before 7th September, it should be retained for 2 years.

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2.16kg (18%)
certified TRADIRO winter triticale
2.16kg (18%)
certified TALISMAN winter barley
1.80kg (15%)
certified fodder radish
1.80kg (15%)
certified HEUSERS OSTSAAT crimson clover
1.20kg (10%)
certified LEO birdsfoot trefoil
0.60kg (5%)
Gold of Pleasure
0.60kg (5%)
certified PINFOLD kale
0.60kg (5%)
certified phacelia
0.60kg (5%)
certified EARLY ENGLISH vetch
0.24kg (2%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.18kg (1.5%)
Wild Carrot
0.06kg (0.5%)
Ox-eye Daisy
5.4 kg (18%)
certified TRADIRO winter triticale
5.4 kg (18%)
certified TALISMAN winter barley
4.5 kg (15%)
certified fodder radish
4.5 kg (15%)
certified HEUSERS OSTSAAT crimson clover
3 kg (10%)
certified LEO birdsfoot trefoil
1.5 kg (5%)
Gold of Pleasure
1.5 kg (5%)
certified PINFOLD kale
1.5 kg (5%)
certified phacelia
1.5 kg (5%)
certified EARLY ENGLISH vetch
0.6 kg (2%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.45 kg (1.5%)
Wild Carrot
0.15 kg (0.5%)
Ox-eye Daisy
0.18 kg (18%)
certified TRADIRO winter triticale
0.18 kg (18%)
certified TALISMAN winter barley
0.15 kg (15%)
certified fodder radish
0.15 kg (15%)
certified HEUSERS OSTSAAT crimson clover
0.1 kg (10%)
certified LEO birdsfoot trefoil
0.05 kg (5%)
Gold of Pleasure
0.05 kg (5%)
certified PINFOLD kale
0.05 kg (5%)
certified phacelia
0.05 kg (5%)
certified EARLY ENGLISH vetch
0.02 kg (2%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.02 kg (1.5%)
Wild Carrot
0.01 kg (0.5%)
Ox-eye Daisy
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Autumn Sown Two Year Legume Fallow

Ref: AB15
Sowing rate: 13.2 kg per acre (33 kg/ha, 3.3 g/m²)

This is another option for the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The mixture provides pollen and nectar for pollinators, and invertebrate chick food for farmland birds, as well as providing a useful blackgrass break. It should be cut at least twice during the first year to reduce blackgrass plants heading and seed shed. This mixture should be retained for 2 years.

On dry, light land the perennial ryegrass could be changed to the more drought tolerant cocksfoot grass.

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8.72kg (66.1%)
certified GLENSTAL tet. Perennial ryegrass
1.98kg (15%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover
1.32kg (10%)
certified EARLY ENGLISH vetch
0.92kg (7%)
certified LEO birdsfoot trefoil
0.26kg (2%)
Lesser Knapweed
21.8 kg (66.1%)
certified GLENSTAL tet. Perennial ryegrass
4.95 kg (15%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover
3.3 kg (10%)
certified EARLY ENGLISH vetch
2.3 kg (7%)
certified LEO birdsfoot trefoil
0.65 kg (2%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.66 kg (66.1%)
certified GLENSTAL tet. Perennial ryegrass
0.15 kg (15%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover
0.1 kg (10%)
certified EARLY ENGLISH vetch
0.07 kg (7%)
certified LEO birdsfoot trefoil
0.02 kg (2%)
Lesser Knapweed
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Borage

Ref: borage
Sowing rate: 4 kg per acre (10 kg/ha, 1 g/m²)

This species is very attractive to pollinators and other benefical insects, readily re-seeding itself and can grow 50-70 cm in height, it has a particularly long flowering period from June onwards.

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Contents

4.00kg (100%)
Borage
10 kg (100%)
Borage
1 kg (100%)
Borage