AB1 The Operation Pollinator Mix (Just Legumes)
ELS/HLS/CSS Codes: EF4, AB1 br>
br>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. br>
br>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.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|certified red clover||48.0||0.480|
|certified alsike clover||20.0||0.200|
|certified birdsfoot trefoil||7.0||0.070|
|certified crimson clover||4.0||0.040|
|Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)||0.4||0.004|
|Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)||0.4||0.004|
|Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)||0.3||0.003|
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.
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.
Red clover is one of the most popularly used true clovers in the UK. Once established itís capable of rapid growth and shows reasonably good persistence up to three years, although ongoing breeding work is being carried out to increase plant persistence. The highest yielding strains of red clover are called 'double cut' varieties, normally providing quick regrowth after cutting and several flushes or cuts per season. The 'single cut' strains of red clover, notably the variety altaswede provide one large cut per season, flowering approximately 10 days later than the 'double cut' strains.
Sainfoin is extremely palatable to livestock and has very good nutritional balance. It can be grazed or fed as hay or silage. It suits the thin soils and limestone rich downlands found in some areas of the UK. Loosely translated sainfoin in French means 'Healthy Hay'.
This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish. It is found across the UK and Western Europe.