CSS4 Nectar Flower Mixture AB1 - Standard
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CSS4 Nectar Flower Mixture AB1 - Standard

Use this mixture for Nectar Flower Mix (AB1), to provide food source and habitat for pollinating insects such as bumblebees, solitary bees, butterflies and hoverflies.

  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB1
  • Contains: 50% Common Vetch, 30% Sainfoin, 8% Red Clover, 5% Alsike Clover, 5% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 1% Oxeye Daisy, 1% Yarrow
  • Sowing rate: 20-40kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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Mixture Specification

50% Common Vetch
30% Sainfoin
8% Red Clover
5% Alsike Clover
5% Birdsfoot Trefoil
1% Oxeye Daisy
1% Yarrow

Sowing & Establishment

COUNTYRSIDE STEWARDSHIP AB1 - NECTAR FLOWER MIX

What To Sow

Establish a grass-free seed mix of at least 6 flowering species of legumes and wildflowers, including at least two perennials from the following list:

  • Common Knapweed
  • Musk Mallow
  • Oxeye Daisy
  • Wild Carrot
  • Yarrow

A diverse seed mix will provide the longest flowering season for maximum benefit to bees, butterflies, hoverflies and moths.

Avoid mixes that do not include perennial wildflower species, as short-term legumes only will not supply pollinators with food sources for the full length of the agreement.

No single species should make up more than 50% of the seed mix.

 

Where To Sow

Aim to sow in unshaded areas, in wide margins or in blocks of between 0.25ha and 0.5ha spread evenly across a field, to create safe habitats for pollinators.

 

How To Sow

Broadcast the seed when the soil is warm and moist between 1st March and 15th September, rolling after sowing.

 

Information in this article is given in good faith but should not be seen as a substitute for complete guidance issued at www.gov.uk/countryside-stewardship-grants. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information.

Maintenance

COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP AB1 - NECTAR FLOWER MIX

Maintenance and Management

Regularly cut for the first year after sowing. Then, rotationally cut 50% of the plot area each year between 15th May and 15th June, and cut the whole plot area (or graze) each year between 15th September and 30th March.

Do not graze between 15th March and 31st August.

 

Records and Evidence

Keep records as evidence of establishment and maintenance such as, but not limited to, the list below:

  • Seed invoices
  • Field operations at parcel level
  • Contractor invoices
  • Records of grazing activity
  • Photographs of the established seed mix

 

Information in this article is given in good faith but should not be seen as a substitute for complete guidance issued at www.gov.uk/countryside-stewardship-grants. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information.