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Perennial Game Cover Crops

Perennial game cover seed crops can provide a long term solution for areas where annual drilling can be problematic. Perennial seeds such as Chicory and Canary Grass are popular for many game shoots due to the dense cover they provide.

Click here for our game cover species and sowing rate guide.


Canary Grass - Aquatica

Canary Grass (Phalaris aquatica) gives excellent long term nesting cover for partridges and pheasants. Particularly suited to poor quality or difficult sites.

  • A perennial species which can last for 10 years.
  • Perfect for poor quality sites where annual sowing is difficult or impractical.
  • Can grow to 60cm in first year and over 150cm in following years.
  • Requires sowing in wide rows to prevent it from becoming to thick
  • Sowing rate: 2.5 kg/acre Pack Size: 2.5kg.

Perennial Chicory

Chicory is a perennial game cover crop which will grow up 200cm tall in the second year. Also attracts pollinating insects with its blue flowers. 
  • Creates tall, dense cover, bolting in its second year to create a flowering hedge.
  • Deep rooted giving excellent drought resistance. Avoid sowing on very wet soils.
  • Good tolerance to acid soils and major pests.
  • Best with annual species in first year. Sow in spring.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size: 2kg.

Reed Canary Grass Seed

Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea) is similar to Canary Grass (aquatica) however it is much hardier and better suited to more exposed northern sites.

  • A perennial species which can last for 10 years
  • Suitable for exposed northern sites - very good frost and winter hardiness
  • Strong stems and thick leaves provide reliable cover for ground nesting birds
  • Similar characteristics to conventional canary grass with improved hardiness 
  • Sowing rate: 2.5 kilos per acre Pack Size: 2.5kg.

Springer Game Cover

Springer game cover seed mixture is ideal for areas which are difficult to sow on an annual basis. A blend of Perennial Chicory and Triticale.

  • Triticale provides feed for the first year, Perennial Chicory gives permanent cover.
  • Chicory is drought tolerant and will grow to a height of up to 1.5m.  
  • Triticale is resistant to damage from rabbits.
  • Contains: Perennial Chicory and Triticale.
  • Sowing rate: 15kg. Pack size: 15kg.

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