Autumn Sown Bumblebird Mixture
ELS/HLS/CSS Codes: AB16 br>
br>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.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|certified TOWER winter barley||18.0||0.18|
|certified fodder radish||15.0||0.15|
|certified CONTEA crimson clover||15.0||0.15|
|certified LEO birdsfoot trefoil||8.2||0.08|
|Gold of Pleasure||5.0||0.05|
|certified PINFOLD kale||7.0||0.07|
|certified EARLY ENGLISH vetch||6.0||0.06|
|Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) wildflower||1.5||0.02|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Oxeye daisy is a robust, reliable wild flower species.
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.
This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish. It is found across the UK and Western Europe.