AB8 Nectar Stewardship Mix
An economic pollen & nectar source satisfying the AB8 Countryside Stewardship (CSS) criteria of 90% grasses and 10% flowering species. These mixes are slow to establish in the first year, the annuals corn marigold and corn flower will boost colour in year one, from year two onwards it will provide a range of flowers for insects and pollinators and cover for mammals.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|certified common bentgrass||5.0||0.050|
|certified creeping red fescue||10.0||0.100|
|certified smooth stalked meadow grass||15.0||0.150|
|certifed red/chewings fescue||30.0||0.300|
|certified sheeps fescue||30.0||0.300|
|native Sainfoin (Onobrychis viicifolia) wildflower||3.0||0.030|
|certified birdsfoot trefoil||2.0||0.020|
|native red clover||1.0||0.010|
|Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)||0.7||0.007|
|Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)||0.7||0.007|
|Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)||0.6||0.006|
|Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)||0.5||0.005|
|certified late flowering red clover||0.5||0.005|
|Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) annual wildflower||0.2||0.002|
|Corn Marigold (Chrysanthemum segetum) annual wildf||0.2||0.002|
|Yarrow forage herb||0.2||0.002|
|Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)||0.2||0.002|
|Red Campion (Silene dioica)||0.2||0.002|
|Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)||0.2||0.002|
|Ladys Bedstraw (Galium verum)||0.1||0.001|
Creeping Red Fescue
Often known as Strong Red Fescue, this common grass, as its name implies, has creeping rhizomes . It has a more vigorous creeping habit than some similar species which can help to create a dense, hardwearing turf or sward. These shallow creeping roots help it to remain green even in drier soils.
This is a weakly stemmed, sprawling species, when cut is has a notable sweet smell.
Late Flowering Red Clover
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 'single cut' or 'late' strains of red clover, notably the diploid variety altaswede provide one large cut per season, flowering once per season, approximately 10 - 18 days later than the 'double cut' early strains.
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'.
Native Red Clover
Native red clover, sometimes known as Essex or indigenous red clover, is a native variety to the UK. Generally this variety is smaller and lower yielding than an agriculturally bred strain, but with a longer lifespan. Despite being lower yielding than some varieties, it is notably early to flower, often seen from April to May.
Oxeye daisy is a robust, reliable wild flower species.
Red Fescue / Chewings Fescue
Also known as chewings fescue, this is a fine leaved, tufted grass. It is distinguished from creeping red fescue by its absence of creeping rhizomes. It remains dark green throughout most of the season.
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'.
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
Self heal is a low growing plant widely found throughout the UK.
The finest leaved and least aggressive fescue, it is found throughout the UK. It is hardy and drought resistant and will with-stand heavy grazing or close cutting, however it has a low forage yield. It is a useful species for providing a low growing, low maintenance green cover on difficult soils. It is one of the earlier fine fescues to flower in the spring.
Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
Found throughout the UK in meadows and traditional pastures. It is said to be one of the greenest grasses found growing in the early spring, and is an indicator of land that is well drained and in good heart. The species itself is palatable, and nutritional to livestock, often called one of the traditional 'sweet grasses'.
This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish. It is found across the UK and Western Europe.
Yarrow is a small seeded forage herb which is commonly mixed with sheep's parsley, burnet and ribgrass to increase diversity and lift trace elements from deep within the soil profile, as a specific herbs mixture, or part of a diverse grass ley. It has been noted to improve circulation and blood flow in livestock.