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Countryside Stewardship provides financial incentives for farmers and land managers to help look after their environment by conserving and restoring wildlife habitats.  The scheme will continueto be available for both existing and new applicants until 2024, with the last of the new applications being accepted in 2023.  Any applications starting after 2024 wil be managed through the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS).  DEFRA will be phasing out Direct Payments between 2021-2027, with the money from this being put back into farming and the countryside via the Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Land Management Schemes.

 

 

 

AB1 Nectar Flower Mixture

Providing areas of flowering plants to boost essential food sources for beneficial pollinators, such as; bumblebees, solitary bees and butterflies.

  • 40% Sainfoin
  • 25% Vetch
  • 12% Red Clover
  • 10% Alsike Clover
  •   5% Birdsfoot Trefoil
  •   5% Black Medick
  •   2% Ox Eye Daisy
  •   1% Musk Mallow
  •   6kgs per acre/15kgs per hectare 

AB3 Beetle Banks

Provides nesting and foraging habitats for insects (including those that feed on crop pests, bumblebees, small mammals and some farmland birds.

  • 30% Timothy
  • 20% Hard Fescue
  • 10% Cocksfoot
  • 40% Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  • 8kgs per acre/20kgs per hectare

 

AB8 - Flower Rich Margins

Flower-rich grass margins provide important habitat and foraging sites for invertebrates (including wild pollinators) and birds.  Supplying an abundant supply of pollen and nectar-rich flowers throughout the summer.

  • 15%       Crested Dogstail
  • 15%       Smooth Stalked Meadow Fescue
  • 15%       Sheeps Fescue
  •  30%      Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  •    5%      Browntop Bent
  •    5%      Red Clover
  •    2%      Alsike Clover
  •    4%      Sainfoin
  •    3.5%   Vetch
  •    3.2%   Birdsfoot Trefoil
  •    0.3%   Knapweed
  •    0.4%   Field Scabious
  •    0.2%   Ox Eye Daisy
  •    0.4%   Self Heal
  •    0.3%   Meadow Buttercup
  •    0.3%   Ladys Bedstraw
  •    0.4%   Ribwort Plantain
  • 8kgs per acre/20kgs per hectare

 

AB9 - Winter Bird Food

Providing an abundant supply of small seeds during the autumn and winter months therefore this mixture provides important food resources for farmland birds, especially in autumn and winter.

1Year

  • 40% Triticale
  • 30% Barley
  •   5% Linseed
  •   5% White Millet
  •   5% White Mustard
  •   5% Quinoa
  •   6% Gold of Pleasure
  •   4% Sunflower
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

2 Year

  • 40% Triticale
  • 30% Barley
  •  5% White Millet
  •  5% Linseed
  •  5% White Mustard
  •  5% Quinoa
  •  5% Kale
  •  5% Rape
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

 

 

 

 

 

Church Wild Bird

  • 30% White Millet
  • 20% Canary Seed
  • 15% Linseed
  • 15% Sunflower
  • 10% Triticale
  •   5% Kale
  •   5% Quinoa
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

AB12 Supplementary Winter Feeding

This scheme provides important food resources for farmland birds in late winter and early spring.  It gives the birds food through the late winter period when seed is in short supply and as athey enter the breeding season.

You must combine cereals, with small seeds making up a minimum of 30% of the total weight, choosing at least 3 of the following:

  • Canary Seed
  • Linseed
  • Rape
  • Red Millet
  • White Millet
  • Sunflower Hearts

AB15 Two Year Sown Legume Fallow

Providing food for farmland wildlife, such as pollen and nectar for pollinators, and invertebrate chick food for farmland birds.  It can also be a useful part of a rotation aimed at reducing blackgrass populations.  To be sown as soon as possible after harvest.

Scheme started on or before 1/1/20

  • 66% Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
  • 15% Red Clover
  • 12% Vetch
  •   7% Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • 12kgs per acre/30kgs per hectare

 

Scheme started on or after 1/1/21

  • 10% Alsike Clover
  •  5% Birdsfoot Trefoil
  •  5% Black Medick
  • 50% Vetch
  • 15% Lucerne
  • 15% Red Clover
  • 8kgs per acre/20kgs per hectare

 

  • If you suffer with blackgrass, we would recommend that you add Perennial Ryegrass tot he mixture to help smother blackgrass.

AB16 - Autumn sown bumble bird

Provides important food resources for farmland birds and a range of nectar feeding insects, including butterflies and bumblebees.

  • 33%   Winter Triticale
  • 33%   Winter Wheat
  •   1.7% Fodder Radish
  •   3.5% Gold of Pleasure
  •   3.5% Kale 
  •   8.6% Winter Linseed
  •   1%    Alsike Clover
  •   1%    Birdsfoot Trefoil
  •   6.7% Vetch
  •   5%    Crimson Clover
  •   1%    Lucerne
  •   1%    Phacelia
  •   1%    Red Clover
  • 24kgs per acre/60kgs hectare

GS4 legume and Herb Rich Swards

A vigorous sward with abundant legumes and herbs, suitable for productive cattle and sheep, will also provide habitat and food for invertebrates, including crop pollinators, and improve soil structure and water infiltration.

  • 20%      Meadow Fescue
  • 15%      Timothy
  • 15%      Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
  • 13%      Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 10%      Red Clover
  •   7%      Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  •   5%      Lucerne
  •   5%      Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
  •   4.5%   Sainfoin
  •   2%      Birdsfoot Trefoil
  •   1%      Fenugreek
  •   1.6%   Chicory
  •   0.25% Sheeps Burnet
  •   0.15% Ribgrass
  •   0.15% Yarrow
  •   0.15% Sainfoin
  •   0.2%   Sheeps Parsley
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

 

Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS)

The new scheme will provide financial incentives for actions that will contribute to;

  • Clean and plentiful water
  • Clean air
  • Mitigation of and adaption to climate change
  • Thriving plants and wildlife
  • Beauty, heritage and engagement

Currently in the national pilot stage, to become fully available in 2024.  The scheme is to pay for environmentally sustainable land managment.  More details of this new scheme will become available throughout the year.  Once the available options have been published, we will be able to put together mixtures that complement the scheme.