Nectar Stewardship Mix (IPM2/AB8)
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br>An economic pollen & nectar source satisfying the AB8 Countryside Stewardship (CSS) and IPM2 SFI criteria. 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. For a 5 year plus option consider MIXAB820. If you are over-seeding into an existing sward please call for advice.
|Contents per Kg
|certified crested dogstail
|certified slender creeping red fescue
|certified smooth stalked meadow grass
|certifed red/chewings fescue
|certified sheeps fescue
|native Sainfoin (Onobrychis viicifolia) wildflower
|certified birdsfoot trefoil
|native red clover
|Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)
|Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)
|Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
|certified late flowering red clover
|Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)
|Yarrow forage herb
|Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) annual wildflower
|Ladys Bedstraw (Galium verum)
|Musk Mallow (Malva moschata)
|Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
|Red Campion (Silene dioica)
|Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
|White Campion (Silene latifolia)
Traditionally a grazing grass, which helps to fill out the base of the sward. This compact tufted perennial is found in abundance in sheep pastures. It is not aggressive and grows well late into the season when other grasses are giving up. It has good winter greenness but is inclined to produce wiry stems if not cut or grazed.
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 2-3 weeks 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'.
This is a green coloured, bushy, upright perennial that once established can be a robust plant, that is prolific on fertile soils rich in nitrogen. This species can grow to 75 cm in height.
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.
Ox-eye daisy is a robust wildflower species, the flower head is a typical daisy shape, with white petals and yellow central florets. They grow in solitary heads and are around three to five centimetres wide.
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.
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
Self heal is a low growing plant with oval leaves and bluish or violet flowers that appear in dence, oblong clusters on the tops of its stems. Self heal is 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.
Slender Creeping Red Fescue
This densely tufted or mat forming species has a creeping growth habit, sending out rhizomes. It can form a close turf with bristle like, dark green, glossy leaves. It has uses in agricultural and amenity situations.
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, reaching up to 100 cm in height. 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.