AHL3 / AB3 Species Rich Wild Grass Mix (CSS11)
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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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Mixture Specification

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 & Establishment

COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP AB3 - BEETLE BANKS

What To Sow

Sow a mix that includes fine-leaved grasses such as red fescue, alongside tussock-forming varieties such as tall fescue, timothy and cocksfoot.

 

Where To Sow

This option will suit a wide range of soil types, however, it is best located in areas where it is possible to form a free-draining raised bank; this will ensure the top of the bank stays dry for insects to hibernate. 

 

How To Sow

To establish the bank, plough in two directions towards each furrow until you have created the desired size. Shallow cultivate the bank after to produce a firm, fine seedbed. The seed should then be broadcast with a roll after to keep moisture in the soil.

 

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 AB3 - BEETLE BANKS

Maintenance and Management

Cut the grass several times during the first summer after establishment, but avoid cutting when the bank is wet as this will cause soil compaction. After year 1, only cut after the 1st August to protect any nesting invertebrates and insects.

 

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.