Autumn Sown Bumblebird Mixture

Ref: MIXAB16

ELS/HLS/CSS Codes: AB16

Designed for the 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.

Persistence (0-10 Years)
               

Contents per Kg%kg
18.00.18
certified TOWER winter barley18.00.18
certified fodder radish15.00.15
certified CONTEA crimson clover15.00.15
certified LEO birdsfoot trefoil8.20.08
Gold of Pleasure5.00.05
certified PINFOLD kale7.00.07
certified phacelia5.00.05
certified EARLY ENGLISH vetch6.00.06
Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) wildflower1.50.02
Wild Carrot1.00.01
Ox-eye Daisy0.30.00
Units AcHaKg

£7.30 / Kg

Sowing rate: 12.0kg/acre (30.0kg/ha)

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Cereal

Barley

Barely is a member of the grass family, it is grown as a cereal grain crop throughout the UK and worldwide. If the grain reaches the correct quality it may be used in the brewing process, alternatively it can be used for animal feed. Barley straw is also a useful commodity for livestock fodder.

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Legume

Birdsfoot Trefoil

Birdsfoot Trefoil is a legume, it grows from a basal crown, with numerous stems that can vary from prostrate to erect in growth habit. In some parts of the country it is called the 'eggs and bacon' plant.

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Legume

Crimson Clover

An annual legume and true clover, traditionally sown in the south east of England for over-winter sheep keep.

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Brassica

Fodder Radish

Also commonly known as oil radish, fodder radish is a brassica, it is not a legume but it will hold any residual nitrogen in the soil, which it will then release as it breaks down over time. This species is slower to flower and go to seed than mustard and produces a deeper root system.

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Brassica

Gold of Pleasure

Gold of Pleasure may also be known as camelina or false flax. It is a multi branched, seed bearing, member of the mustard family. Historically it has been cultivated as an agricultural crop. In the Uk it is generally used as a component of sown over-winter wild bird seed mixtures and game cover, due to its ability to produce lots of small seed bearing pods.

Gold of Pleasure Species Guide

Brassica

Kale

Kale is the highest yielding brassica and being winter hardy, can relieve pressure on winter forage. It has a high protein content and is usually grazed between September and March, depending on sowing time. It can be grazed by most livestock including sheep and cattle.

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Wild Flower

Lesser Knapweed

Lesser knapweed is also known as common black knapweed. It is a competitive wild flower found throughout the UK and parts of western Europe, in old meadows and roadsides. It may be known as 'hardheads'.

Lesser Knapweed Species Guide

Wild Flower

Ox-eye Daisy

Oxeye daisy is a robust, reliable wild flower species.

Ox-eye Daisy Species Guide

Other

Phacelia

Phacelia is a rapidly growing, high biomass plant. It is a nitrogen holder and weed suppressor. Its eye catching purple flowers are particularly good at attracting bees and other beneficial insects.

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Cereal

Triticale

Triticale is a hybrid or crossing of the cereal plants wheat and rye. The benefit of this crossing, is to combine the quality and yield potential of wheat, with the robust nature and wider growing conditions of rye. Currently there is some production for human consumption, however most is used for livestock forage. It may also form a constituent of farmland bird winter food mixtures.

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Legume

Vetch

Vetch is a well known legume also known as common vetch or tares. It scrambling, smothering growth habit and frost tolerance make it a very useful winter cover crop or green manure.

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Wild Flower

Wild Carrot

This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish. It is found across the UK and Western Europe.

Wild Carrot Species Guide