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Creating Habitats and Protecting Resources

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, with many more in Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish agreements. Wildlife crops are now part of the modern farming business. The emphasis is now shifting to quality delivery of the right habitats. In the future the farmers who deliver the best value for money in terms of wildlife are likely to be favoured.

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Legume and Herb Rich Sward (Whole Field Option) 70% Organic

Ref: OK21ORG
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. 

While buffer strips and field margins have worked well in helping to promote biodiversity and create habitats, planting mixes across whole fields is clearly even better. As part of their "Making Environmental Stewardsjop More Effective" (MESME) measures, Natural England has introduced some new options for 2013.

This is one of the best leys we know. The environmental benefits are huge, it also has huge advantages for the bottom line as it is self fertilizing and provides one of the highest yielding and nutritionally balanced forages possible. In terms of yield, it will outperform many simpler leys, in drought years and in wet.

An option for temporary grassland, this ley is a ‘rotational option’ so can be moved around the farm as long as the same acreage is maintained.

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1.20kg (12%)
certified ORGANIC cocksfoot
0.90kg (9%)
certified ORGANIC tet. perennial ry
0.90kg (9%)
certified ORGANIC timothy
0.60kg (6%)
certified ORGANIC meadow fescue
0.36kg (3.6%)
certified tall fescue
0.40kg (4%)
certified ORGANIC red clover
0.30kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover
1.00kg (10%)
commercial ORGANIC sweet clover
2.00kg (20%)
commercial ORGANIC sainfoin
0.20kg (2%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.60kg (6%)
certified chicory
0.10kg (1%)
certified plantain
0.90kg (9%)
Burnet forage herb
0.10kg (1%)
Yarrow forage herb
0.40kg (4%)
Sheeps Parsley forage herb
0.02kg (0.2%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.02kg (0.2%)
Common Sorrel
3 kg (12%)
certified ORGANIC cocksfoot
2.25 kg (9%)
certified ORGANIC tet. perennial ry
2.25 kg (9%)
certified ORGANIC timothy
1.5 kg (6%)
certified ORGANIC meadow fescue
0.9 kg (3.6%)
certified tall fescue
1 kg (4%)
certified ORGANIC red clover
0.75 kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover
2.5 kg (10%)
commercial ORGANIC sweet clover
5 kg (20%)
commercial ORGANIC sainfoin
0.5 kg (2%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
1.5 kg (6%)
certified chicory
0.25 kg (1%)
certified plantain
2.25 kg (9%)
Burnet forage herb
0.25 kg (1%)
Yarrow forage herb
1 kg (4%)
Sheeps Parsley forage herb
0.05 kg (0.2%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.05 kg (0.2%)
Common Sorrel
0.12 kg (12%)
certified ORGANIC cocksfoot
0.09 kg (9%)
certified ORGANIC tet. perennial ry
0.09 kg (9%)
certified ORGANIC timothy
0.06 kg (6%)
certified ORGANIC meadow fescue
0.04 kg (3.6%)
certified tall fescue
0.04 kg (4%)
certified ORGANIC red clover
0.03 kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover
0.1 kg (10%)
commercial ORGANIC sweet clover
0.2 kg (20%)
commercial ORGANIC sainfoin
0.02 kg (2%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.06 kg (6%)
certified chicory
0.01 kg (1%)
certified plantain
0.09 kg (9%)
Burnet forage herb
0.01 kg (1%)
Yarrow forage herb
0.04 kg (4%)
Sheeps Parsley forage herb
0 kg (0.2%)
Lesser Knapweed
0 kg (0.2%)
Common Sorrel
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Pollen & Nectar Just Legumes 70% ORGANIC

Ref: PNJLORG
Sowing rate: 5 kg per acre (12.5 kg/ha, 1.25 g/m²)

Approximately 50% of all pollen and nectar areas are now sown with this 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 results in management. 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.

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2.25kg (45%)
certified ORGANIC red clover
0.55kg (11%)
certified alsike clover
1.25kg (25%)
commercial ORGANIC sainfoin
0.80kg (16%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.10kg (2%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.05kg (1%)
Musk Mallow
5.63 kg (45%)
certified ORGANIC red clover
1.38 kg (11%)
certified alsike clover
3.13 kg (25%)
commercial ORGANIC sainfoin
2 kg (16%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.25 kg (2%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.13 kg (1%)
Musk Mallow
0.45 kg (45%)
certified ORGANIC red clover
0.11 kg (11%)
certified alsike clover
0.25 kg (25%)
commercial ORGANIC sainfoin
0.16 kg (16%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.02 kg (2%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.01 kg (1%)
Musk Mallow
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Pollen & Nectar Flower Mix Grass & Legume Margin 70% ORGANIC

Ref: MIXPNORG
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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0.32kg (4%)
certified common bentgrass
0.32kg (4%)
commercial crested dogstail
0.24kg (3%)
certified sheeps fescue
1.60kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC meadow fescue
2.88kg (36%)
certified ORGANIC creeping red fescue
0.32kg (4%)
certified smaller catstail
0.32kg (4%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.40kg (5%)
certified late flowering red clover
0.16kg (2%)
certified alsike clover
0.16kg (2%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.80kg (10%)
commercial ORGANIC sainfoin
0.32kg (4%)
certified ORGANIC vetch
0.16kg (2%)
certified yellow trefoil
0.8 kg (4%)
certified common bentgrass
0.8 kg (4%)
commercial crested dogstail
0.6 kg (3%)
certified sheeps fescue
4 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC meadow fescue
7.2 kg (36%)
certified ORGANIC creeping red fescue
0.8 kg (4%)
certified smaller catstail
0.8 kg (4%)
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
2 kg (10%)
commercial ORGANIC sainfoin
0.8 kg (4%)
certified ORGANIC vetch
0.4 kg (2%)
certified yellow trefoil
0.04 kg (4%)
certified common bentgrass
0.04 kg (4%)
commercial crested dogstail
0.03 kg (3%)
certified sheeps fescue
0.2 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC meadow fescue
0.36 kg (36%)
certified ORGANIC creeping red fescue
0.04 kg (4%)
certified smaller catstail
0.04 kg (4%)
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
0.1 kg (10%)
commercial ORGANIC sainfoin
0.04 kg (4%)
certified ORGANIC vetch
0.02 kg (2%)
certified yellow trefoil
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Buffer Strip Grass Margin Mix Two, Four or Six Plus Metre 70% ORGANIC

Ref: GMORG
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. This mixture is suitable for OELS 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 ORGANIC timothy
2.00kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC meadow fescue
3.00kg (30%)
certified ORGANIC creeping red fescue
1.00kg (10%)
certified cocksfoot
1.50kg (15%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
1.25 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
5 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC timothy
5 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC meadow fescue
7.5 kg (30%)
certified ORGANIC creeping red fescue
2.5 kg (10%)
certified cocksfoot
3.75 kg (15%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.05 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
0.2 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC timothy
0.2 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC meadow fescue
0.3 kg (30%)
certified ORGANIC creeping red fescue
0.1 kg (10%)
certified cocksfoot
0.15 kg (15%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
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Beetle Bank Tussocky Grass Margin 70% ORGANIC

Ref: BBORG
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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3.50kg (35%)
certified ORGANIC timothy
3.50kg (35%)
certified ORGANIC cocksfoot
1.50kg (15%)
certified Olivia chewings fescue
1.50kg (15%)
certified tall fescue
8.75 kg (35%)
certified ORGANIC timothy
8.75 kg (35%)
certified ORGANIC cocksfoot
3.75 kg (15%)
certified Olivia chewings fescue
3.75 kg (15%)
certified tall fescue
0.35 kg (35%)
certified ORGANIC timothy
0.35 kg (35%)
certified ORGANIC cocksfoot
0.15 kg (15%)
certified Olivia chewings fescue
0.15 kg (15%)
certified tall fescue
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Solar Park Permanent Grassland - Low Maintenance 70% Organic

Ref: MIXSPPGORG
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 the 1st of September. The mixture includes a low amount of perennial ryegrass to encourage a quick establishment. Several species of white clover have been included because they are a long-term plant which encourages 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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2.00kg (20%)
certified LAURA ORGANIC meadow fescue
1.60kg (16%)
certified MAGICIAN ORGANIC tetraploid perennial ryegrass
1.50kg (15%)
certified Conni smooth stalked meadowgrass
1.90kg (19%)
certified DOLINA ORGANIC timothy
1.50kg (15%)
certified GONDOLIN ORGANIC 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
5 kg (20%)
certified LAURA ORGANIC meadow fescue
4 kg (16%)
certified MAGICIAN ORGANIC tetraploid perennial ryegrass
3.75 kg (15%)
certified Conni smooth stalked meadowgrass
4.75 kg (19%)
certified DOLINA ORGANIC timothy
3.75 kg (15%)
certified GONDOLIN ORGANIC 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
0.2 kg (20%)
certified LAURA ORGANIC meadow fescue
0.16 kg (16%)
certified MAGICIAN ORGANIC tetraploid perennial ryegrass
0.15 kg (15%)
certified Conni smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.19 kg (19%)
certified DOLINA ORGANIC timothy
0.15 kg (15%)
certified GONDOLIN ORGANIC 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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Recreating Grassland 70% ORGANIC

Ref: RGORG
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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0.50kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
1.00kg (10%)
certified sheeps fescue
3.00kg (30%)
certified ORGANIC meadow fescue
2.00kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC creeping red fescue
1.50kg (15%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
2.00kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC timothy
1.25 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
2.5 kg (10%)
certified sheeps fescue
7.5 kg (30%)
certified ORGANIC meadow fescue
5 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC creeping red fescue
3.75 kg (15%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
5 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC timothy
0.05 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
0.1 kg (10%)
certified sheeps fescue
0.3 kg (30%)
certified ORGANIC meadow fescue
0.2 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC creeping red fescue
0.15 kg (15%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.2 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC timothy
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Species Rich Parkland Grass Low Maintenance 20% ORGANIC - needs deroagtion before purchase

Ref: PGLMORG
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
3.20kg (20%)
certified smaller catstail
4.00kg (25%)
certified sheeps fescue
3.20kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC creeping red fescue
3.20kg (20%)
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
8 kg (20%)
certified smaller catstail
10 kg (25%)
certified sheeps fescue
8 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC creeping red fescue
8 kg (20%)
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
0.2 kg (20%)
certified smaller catstail
0.25 kg (25%)
certified sheeps fescue
0.2 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC creeping red fescue
0.2 kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
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One Year Winter Bird Food Survival Mixture 70% ORGANIC

Ref: SMORG
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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0.48kg (10%)
Quinoa
1.68kg (35%)
certified ORGANIC fodder radish
0.48kg (10%)
White Millet
0.96kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC spring triticale
0.48kg (10%)
certified linseed
0.48kg (10%)
certified linseed
0.24kg (5%)
certifed ORGANIC mustard
1.2 kg (10%)
Quinoa
4.2 kg (35%)
certified ORGANIC fodder radish
1.2 kg (10%)
White Millet
2.4 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC spring triticale
1.2 kg (10%)
certified linseed
1.2 kg (10%)
certified linseed
0.6 kg (5%)
certifed ORGANIC mustard
0.1 kg (10%)
Quinoa
0.35 kg (35%)
certified ORGANIC fodder radish
0.1 kg (10%)
White Millet
0.2 kg (20%)
certified ORGANIC spring triticale
0.1 kg (10%)
certified linseed
0.1 kg (10%)
certified linseed
0.05 kg (5%)
certifed ORGANIC mustard
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Two Year Wild Bird Seed MixTriticale, Kale, Quinoa & Fodder Radish 70% ORGANIC

Ref: WBSSORG
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 radish 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 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 radish.Sow 50 kg per hectare.

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14.00kg (70%)
certified ORGANIC spring triticale
2.80kg (14%)
certified kale
2.80kg (14%)
quinoa
0.40kg (2%)
fodder radish
35 kg (70%)
certified ORGANIC spring triticale
7 kg (14%)
certified kale
7 kg (14%)
quinoa
1 kg (2%)
fodder radish
0.7 kg (70%)
certified ORGANIC spring triticale
0.14 kg (14%)
certified kale
0.14 kg (14%)
quinoa
0.02 kg (2%)
fodder radish