SW Codes - Buffer Strips

Buffer strip mixtures from Boston Seeds to comply with Countryside Stewardship SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 SW7 SW8. Buy online, apply for a trade account (we review all applications within one working day) or get in touch to place an order through your buying group. You can also request a catalogue to view our full range. 

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AHL3 / AB3 Buffer Strip and Beetle Bank with cocksfoot (CSS8)

Use this mixture (including cocksfoot) for AHL3 Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) - Grassy Field Corners and AB3 Countryside Stewardship - Beetle Banks, to provide nesting and foraging habitats for insects, bumblebees, small mammals and some farmland birds.

  • Dense, tussocky cover provides warm, dry areas for invertebrates and pollinators
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): AHL3 AHL4 IGL3
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS): AB3 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 WT1 WT2
  • Contains: 60% Strong Creeping Red Fescue, 20% Tall Fescue, 15% Slender Creeping Red Fescue, 5% Cocksfoot
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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AHL3 / AB3 Beetle Bank AB3 without cocksfoot (CSS9)

Use this mixture (without cocksfoot) for AHL3 Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) - Grassy Field Corners and AB3 Countryside Stewardship - Beetle Banks, to provide nesting and foraging habitats for, insects, bumblebees, small mammals and farmland birds.

  • Dense cover providing warm and dry areas for invertebrates and pollinators
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): AHL3 AHL4 IGL3
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB3 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 
  • Contains: 60% Strong Creeping Red Fescue, 20% Tall Fescue, 10% Hard Fescue, 10% Slender Creeping Red Fescue
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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AHL3 / AB3 Species Rich Wild Grass Mix (CSS11)

Use this mix for habitat creation and compliance with AHL3 Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) - Grassy Field Corners and AB3 Countryside Stewardship - Beetle Banks. This premium, species-rich grassland mix provides an abundance of high-value plant species, with a range of plant heights suitable for invertebrates, birds and small mammals.

  • Low maintenance and suitable for light grazing
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): AHL3 AHL4 IGL3
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB3 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 SW7 SW8 WT1 WT2
  • Contains: 27% Strong Creeping Red Fescue, 17% Chewing's Fescue, 15% Meadow Fescue, 10% Hard Fescue, 10% Tall Fescue, 8% Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass, 6% Sheep's Fescue, 4% Highland Bent, 3% Smaller Cat's Tail
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha  Pack size: 20kg
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IPM2 / AB8 Flower Rich Margin & Plots (CSS1)

Use this mixture for IPM2 Sustainable Farming Incentive (Flower-Rich Margins) and AB8 Countryside Stewardship (Flower-Rich Margins and Plots), to provide an abundant supply of pollen and nectar-rich flowers for pollinators and beneficial insects and encourage natural crop pest predators.

  • Also attractive to farmland birds
  • Annual production of flowers for the length of the agreement.
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): IPM2
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB8 GS8 GS14 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 SW7 SW8 WT1 WT2 
  • Contains: 40% Strong Creeping Red Fescue, 25% Chewings Fescue, 15% Hard Fescue, 5% Smooth Stalk Meadow Grass, 3.75% Berseem Clover, 3.75% Common Vetch, 3% Crimson Clover, 2.5% Red Clover, 0.5% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 0.5% Ribwort Plantain, 0.25% Lucerne, 0.25% Yellow Trefoil, 0.25% Yarrow, 0.25% White Clover
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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IPM2 / AB8 Wildflower Meadow Seed (CSS3)

Use this premium mixture for wildflower meadows, to provide rich habitat for butterflies, insects, birds & small mammals. Enhanced mixture to comply with IPM2 Sustainable Farming Incentive (Flower-Rich Margins) and AB8 Countryside Stewardship (Flower-Rich Margins and Plots).

  • An extended number of species of grass, legumes and wildflowers
  • Can be sown on its own or with other wildflower mixtures
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): IPM2
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship AB8 GS4 GS8 GS14 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 SW7 SW8 WT1 WT2
    Contains: 30% Strong Creeping Red Fescue, 10.75% Chewing's Fescue, 10% Hard Fescue, 10% Timothy, 10% Slender Creeping Red Fescue, 6% Smooth Stalk Meadow Grass, 5% Red Clover, 5% Sainfoin, 4% Sheep's Fescue, 2.5% Alsike Clover, 1.5% Ribwort Plantain, 1.5% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 0.75% Yarrow, 0.5% Meadow Foxtail, 0.5% Selfheal, 0.5% Oxeye Daisy, 0.5% Sheep's Sorrel, 0.5% Common Knapweed, 0.5% Wild Carrot
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha.
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NUM3 / AB15 2-3 Year Sown Legume Fallow (CSS6)

Use this grass-free, pure legume mixture for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) NUM3 (static) and Countryside Stewardship AB15 (Two Year Sown Legume Fallow).

  • Mixture also available containing grass - see CSS6/G
  • Reduces flowering blackgrass and provides an abundant supply of sown pollen and nectar-rich flowers between early and late summer for the duration of the agreement.
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive: NUM3 (static), NUM2
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB15 GS8 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 WT1 WT2
  • Contains: 55% Common Vetch, 15% Red Clover, 10% Crimson Clover, 12.5% Sainfoin, 2.5% Lucerne, 2.5% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 2.5% Black Medick
  • Sowing rate: 15-20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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NUM3 / AB15 2-3 Year Sown Legume Fallow with Ryegrass (CSS6/G)

Use this grass and legume mixture for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) NUM3 (static) and Countryside Stewardship AB15 (Two Year Sown Legume Fallow).

  • Mixture also available without grass - see CSS6/21 
  • Reduces flowering blackgrass and provides an abundant supply of sown pollen and nectar-rich flowers between early and late summer for the duration of the agreement.
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive: NUM3 (static), NUM2
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB15 GS8 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 WT1 WT2
  • Contains: 40% Perennial Ryegrass, 35% Common Vetch, 5% Crimson Clover, 5% Red Clover, 7.5% Sainfoin, 2.5% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 2.5% Lucerne, 2.5% Black Medick
  • Sowing rate: 15-20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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SAM3 / GS4 Herbal Ley (CSS2)

Use this mixture for SAM3 Sustainable Farming Incentive (Herbal Leys) and GS4 Countryside Stewardship (Legume and Herb-Rich Swards), to establish a mixed sward of grasses, legumes and herbs and wildflowers.

  • A vigorous sward with abundant legumes and herbs, suitable for productive cattle and sheep 
  • Provides habitat and food for invertebrates and crop pollinators
  • Improves soil structure and water infiltration.
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): SAM3
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): GS1 GS4 GS8 GS14 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 SW7 SW8 WT1 WT2
  • Contains: 40% Perennial Ryegrass, 20% Strong Creeping Red Fescue, 10% Vetch, 8% Meadow Fescue, 7% Timothy, 5% Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass, 5% Red Clover, 2% Persian Clover, 1.25% Lucerne, 0.5% Sheep's Burnet, 0.25% Sheep's Parsley, 0.25% Plantain, 0.25% Yarrow, 0.25% Black Medick, 0.25% Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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