Products — Conservation mixtures

The impact of voting to leave the EU on farm payment schemes going forward is yet to be fully understood.  In the short term however, any existing schemes will still need to be managed.

The Environmental Stewardship schemes in England (ELS,HLS and OELS agreements) have been succeeded from January 2016 by a new Countryside Stewardship scheme.  This incorporates elements from Environmental Stewardship, the Woodland Grants Scheme and Catchment Sensitive Farming.

Existing agreements will still be managed until their agreed end date and many of the options and mixtures that have been used in these previous schemes will form part of the new scheme.  In addition to this, many of these mixtures can be used to meet certain Ecological Focus Area (EFA) requirements following the latest CAP reforms.

We can supply a range of excellent standard mixtures as detailed or can produce a completely bespoke mixture to suit your specific requirements please contact us to order your personal mix or for more information.

Field margins

2m AND BEETLE BANK

  • 5.0 kg Cocksfoot
  • 3.0 kg Red Fescue
  • 2.0 kg Timothy
  • 10.0 kg per acre

6m margin and stewardship

CHURCH OF BURES STEWARDSHIP

  • 2.0 kg Smooth-stalked Meadow Grass
  • 2.0 kg Meadow Fescue
  • 2.0 kg Chewings Fescue
  • 2.0 kg Sheeps Fescue
  • 1.0 kg Timothy
  • 1.0 kg Highland Bent
  • 10.0 kg per acre

Pollen and Nectar

  • 20% Crested Dogstail
  • 20% Meadow Fescue
  • 10% Chewings Fescue
  • 10% Sheep Fescue
  • 10% Timothy
  •   5% Slender Creeping Red Fescue
  •   5% Common Bent
  •   5% Red Clover
  •   2% Alsike Clover
  •   5% Sainfoin
  •   4% Common Vetch
  •   2% Birdsfoot Trefoil
  •   2% Black Knapweed
  • 10.0kgs / acre

Nectar Rich

  • 10% White Clover
  • 10% Red clover
  • 10% Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • 10% Sainfoin
  • 20% Vetch
  • 10% Fenugreek
  • 10% Lucerne
  • 20% Phacelia  
  • Sow at 5 kgs / acre

Arable reversion

RECREATE GRASSLAND MIXTURE

  • 2.0 kg Smooth-stalked Meadow Grass
  • 2.0 kg Meadow Fescue
  • 2.0 kg Chewings Fescue
  • 2.0 kg Sheeps Fescue
  • 1.0 kg Bentgrass
  • 0.5 kg Timothy
  • 0.5 kg Essex Broad Red Clover
  • 10.0 kg per acre

General purpose wildlife mixtures

Both these mixtures can be used in many different situations such as field margins, buffer strips, meadow mixtures, reservoir/pond surrounds and as a wild flower base mixture. These mixtures are an ideal and cost effective way of fulfilling various requirements.

Heavy Land

  • 2.0 kg Red Fescue
  • 2.0 kg Chewings Fescue
  • 2.0 kg Meadow Fescue
  • 2.0 kg Timothy
  • 1.0 kg Smooth-stalked meadow grass
  • 1.0 kg Crested Dogstail
  • 10.0 kg per acre

Light Land

  • 2.0 kg Meadow Fescue
  • 2.0 kg Red Fescue
  • 1.5 kg Sheeps Fescue
  • 1.0 kg Crested Dogstail
  • 2.0 kg Cocksfoot
  • 1.0 kg Smooth-stalked meadow grass
  • 0.5 kg Brown Top
  • 10.0 kg per acre

Bumblebees & Butterflies mixture

This is an excellent way to attract bees, butterflies and many other insects.  This mixture is not only ideal for domestic wildlife projects but can also be suitable for farmers as an alternative ELS mixture.

  • 3kgs Borage
  • 2kgs Phacelia
  • 1kgs Essex Broad Red Clover
  • 6kgs per acre

Wild Bird Mixtures

Conservation mixtures are now commonplace in the countryside. This is part of APHA's commitment to restoring farmland bird numbers as stated in the Biodiversity Action Plan. The acceptable mixtures must contain plenty of seed producing plants such as quinoa, millet, sunflower, cereals etc. These mixtures provide a bird table of food throughout the winter months that will help the vulnerable farmland birds and so reverse the national decline. 

These mixtures can also be used to fulfill some of the EFA's under the new rules.  For more information contact us at the office or for a detailed insight into the new schemes visit the campaign for the Farmed Environment. www.cfeonline.org.uk

CHURCH WILD BIRD

This is a mixture that will provide shelter and food for a whole host of birds: skylarks, chaffinches, goldfinches, yellow hammers, sparrows, reed buntings etc.

  • 30% White Millet
  • 20% Canary Seed
  • 15% Linseed
  • 15% Sunflower
  • 10% Triticale
  •  5% Kale
  •  5% Quinoa
  • 10.0kg per acre

Church RSPB conservation

In conjunction with the RSPB we have devised a farmland bird conservation mixture. This mixture is selected to feed the wild birds and encourage an increase in their numbers.

  • 20% Kale
  • 30% Quinoa
  • 50% White Millet
  • 8.0 kg per acre

WM1 wild bird seed mixture

 

  • 80% Spring Cereal Mixture
  • 10% Kale
  • 10% Quinoa
  • 20.0 kg per acre

 

Wild bird supplementary feeding

Wild bird seed crops produce a large amount of food for farmland birds throughout the winter.   As the weather deteriorates however, their ability to provide a reliable supply of seed becomes less.  This is when it is important to 'top up' that shortfall with a supply of key seeds to give the birds a reliable food source through until the Spring.  Supplementary feeding provides additional feed from December through to the Spring alongside existing wild bird seed cover.  This ensures that when the cover crop is depleted of seed, the birds can then switch to the supplementary feed.

We can supply an excellent range of either 'premixed' seeds to meet growers prescribed requirements, or, we can supply them 'straights' for those who wish to mix their own.  

Bag size is typically 25kgs or we can pack into Big Bags.