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Grass seed mixtures for Countryside Stewardship schemes from Boston Seeds. Buy professional grass seed mixtures for field margins, buffer strips, pollen and nectar, wild bird seed and fallow mixtures. 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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AHL1 / AB1 3 Year Nectar Flower Mix: Standard (CSS4)

Use this mixture for AHL1 Sustainable Farming Incentive and Countryside Stewardship AB1 (Pollen and Nectar Flower Mix), to provide food source and habitat for pollinating insects such as bumblebees, solitary bees, butterflies and hoverflies.

  • Used for static AHL1 Pollen and Nectar schemes
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): AHL1
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB1
  • Contains: 50% Common Vetch, 37.5% Crimson Clover, 7.5% Red Clover, 3% Berseem Clover, 1% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 0.5% Wild Carrot, 0.5% Yarrow
  • Sowing rate: 15-20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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AHL1 / AB1 - 3 Year Nectar Flower Mix: Enhanced (CSS5)

Use this premium mix, preferred by Natural England, for AHL1 Sustainable Farming Incentive and AB1 Countryside Stewardship (Pollen and Nectar Flower Mix), providing food source and habitat for pollinating insects such as bumblebees, solitary bees, butterflies and hoverflies.

  • Used for static AHL1 Pollen and Nectar schemes
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): AHL1
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB1
  • Contains: 40% Common Vetch, 15% Alsike Clover, 12% Sainfoin, 10% Red Clover, 5% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 5% Black Medick, 5% Lucerne, 5% Yellow Blossom Clover, 1.4% Yarrow, 0.4% Common Knapweed, 0.4% Musk Mallow, 0.4% Oxeye Daisy, 0.4% Wild Carrot
  • Sowing rate: 15-20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg 
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AHL2 / AB9 2 Year Wild Bird Mix: Grey Partridge (CSS10/GP)

Use this mixture for AHL2 Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) and AB9 Countryside Stewardship (Winter Bird Food), to provide important food resources for farmland birds, especially Grey Partridges, during autumn and winter.

  • Farmland birds eat the seeds from October and beneficial insects including bees and butterflies use the flowers during the summer
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): AHL2
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB9  
  • Spring sown - one or two year mixture
  • Contains: 50% Spring Wheat, 30% Spring Barley, 7% White Millet, 5% Linseed, 5% Fodder Radish, 3% Kale
  • Pack size: 20kg. Sow minimum 50kg per hectare
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AHL2 / AB9 1 Year Wild Bird Mix: Finch and Bunting (CSS10/FCB)

Use this mixture for AHL2 Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) and AB9 Countryside Stewardship (Winter Bird Food) to provide important food resources for farmland birds, especially Finches and Corn Buntings, during autumn and winter.

  • Farmland birds eat the seeds from October and beneficial insects including bees and butterflies use the flowers during the summer
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): AHL2
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB9
  • Spring sown - one year mixture
  • Contains: 50% Spring Wheat, 30% Spring Barley, 7% Sunflower, 5% Red Millet, 5% White Millet, 3% Quinoa
  • Sow minimum 50kg per hectare. Pack size: 20kg
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AHL2 / AB9 1 Year Wild Bird Mix: Tree Sparrow (CSS10/TS)

Use this mixture for AHL2 Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) and AB9 Countryside Stewardship (Winter Bird Food), to provide important food resources for farmland birds, especially Tree Sparrows, during autumn and winter.

  • Farmland birds eat the seeds from October and beneficial insects including bees and butterflies use the flowers during the summer
  • Suitable for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): AHL2
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB9
  • Spring sown - one year mixture
  • Contains: 50% Spring Wheat, 30% Spring Barley, 7% Fodder Radish, 5% Linseed, 5% White Millet, 3% Quinoa
  •  Sow minimum 50kg per hectare. Pack size: 20kg
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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.
  • Also available with Timothy or Strong Creeping Red Fescue.
  • 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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AB16 Autumn Sown Bumble Bird Mixture (CSS7)

Use this mixture for Autumn Sown Bumblebird Mix AB16, providing an abundant supply of small seeds during the winter months for farmland birds such as tree sparrow and corn bunting.

  • Provides pollen and nectar-rich flowers for pollinating and beneficial insects including bees, butterflies and hoverflies
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): GS8, GS14, AB16
  • Contains: 34% Winter Triticale, 34% Wheat, 8% Linseed, 7% Common Vetch, 5% Crimson Clover, 3% Gold of Pleasure, 2% Fodder Radish, 2% Kale, 1% Alsike Clover, 1% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 1% Lucerne, 1% Phacelia, 1% Red Clover
  • Sowing rate: 50kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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