AB8 Nectar Stewardship Mix

Ref: MIXECOAB8

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.

Persistence (0-10 Years)
               

Contents per Kg%kg
certified common bentgrass5.00.050
certified creeping red fescue5.00.050
certified smooth stalked meadow grass15.10.151
certified sheeps fescue30.10.301
certified chewings/red fescue34.70.347
native Sainfoin (Onobrychis viicifolia) wildflower3.10.031
certified birdsfoot trefoil2.00.020
native red clover1.00.010
Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)0.80.008
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)0.50.005
Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)0.50.005
certified late red clover0.50.005
Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) annual wildflower0.30.003
Corn Marigold (Chrysanthemum segetum) annual wildf0.30.003
Yarrow forage herb0.30.003
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)0.10.001
White Campion (Silene latifolia)0.60.006
Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) wildflower0.10.001
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£12.35 / Kg

Sowing rate: 8.0kg/acre (20.0kg/ha)

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Grass

Bentgrass

Common Bentgrass is a perennial grass with fine leaves, The seed head is delicate and attractive, opening loosely from late spring through to autumn. Older swards in heavily grazed or trampled areas may form dense, low growing clumps.

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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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Grass

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.

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Legume

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.

Late Flowering Red Clover Species Guide

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

Legume

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.

Native Red Clover Species Guide

Wild Flower

Ox-eye Daisy

Oxeye daisy is a robust, reliable wild flower species.

Ox-eye Daisy Species Guide

Grass

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.

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Legume

Sainfoin

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'.

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Wild Flower

Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)

Self heal is a low growing plant widely found throughout the UK.

Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) Species Guide

Grass

Sheeps Fescue

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.

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Grass

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'.

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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

Herb

Yarrow

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.

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