Products — Conservation mixtures

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

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 for more information.

Field margins

2m MARGIN AND BEETLE BANK

  • 50% Cocksfoot
  • 30% Creeping Red Fescue
  • 20% Timothy
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

6m margin and stewardship

CHURCH OF BURES STEWARDSHIP

  • 20% Smooth-stalked Meadow Grass
  • 20% Meadow Fescue
  • 20% Chewings Fescue
  • 20% Sheeps Fescue
  • 10% Timothy
  • 10% Browntop Bent
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

AB8 - Flower Rich Margins

These can provide important habitat and foraging sites for pollinators and birds.  These can be established between 15th March and 31st May or 15th July and 15th October.  These are grass based with a small amount of wild flowers.

Pollen and Nectar

  • 20% Crested Dogstail
  • 20% Meadow Fescue
  • 10% Chewings Fescue
  • 10% Sheep Fescue
  • 10% Timothy
  •   5% Slender Creeping Red Fescue
  •   5% Browntop Bent
  •   5% Red Clover
  •   2% Alsike Clover
  •   5% Sainfoin
  •   4% Common Vetch
  •   2% Birdsfoot Trefoil
  •   2% Black Knapweed
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

Nectar Rich

  • 10% White Clover
  • 10% Red clover
  • 10% Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • 10% Sainfoin
  • 20% Vetch
  • 10% Fenugreek
  • 10% Lucerne
  • 20% Phacelia 
  •  5kgs per acre/12.5kgs per hectare

Arable reversion

RECREATE GRASSLAND MIXTURE

  • 20% Smooth-stalked Meadow Grass
  • 20% Meadow Fescue
  • 20% Chewings Fescue
  • 20% Sheeps Fescue
  • 10% Browntop Bent
  •   5% Timothy
  •   5% Essex Broad Red Clover
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

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

  • 20% Red Fescue
  • 20% Chewings Fescue
  • 20% Meadow Fescue
  • 20% Timothy
  • 10% Smooth-stalked meadow grass
  • 10% Crested Dogstail
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

Light Land

  • 20% Meadow Fescue
  • 20% Creeping Red Fescue
  • 20% Cocksfoot
  • 15% Sheeps Fescue
  • 10% Crested Dogstail
  • 10% Smooth-stalked Meadow Grass
  •   5%  Browntop Bent
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

Bumblebees & Butterflies mixture

This is an excellent way to attract bees, butterflies and many other insects.  This mixture is ideal for domestic wildlife projects and farmers alike.

  • 50% Borage
  • 30% Phacelia
  • 20% Essex Broad Red Clover
  •   6kgs per acre/15kgs per hectare

Wild Bird Mixtures

These provide important food resources for farmland birds, especially in autumn and winter. They can be established between March 1st and June 15th and are typically a mix of cereals, brassicas and other small edible seeds.

 

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
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

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
  •  8kgs per acre/20kgs per hectare

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.