Countryside Stewardship

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 or call 01205 280069 for expert advice on compliance to schemes. Boston Seeds are wholesale online grass seed suppliers ensuring you get great value products and professional advice.

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CSS1 Flower Rich Margin & Plots AB8

Use this mixture for Flower-rich Margins and Plots (AB8) to provide:

  • Abundant supply of pollen and nectar-rich flowers through summer
  • Pollinating and beneficial insects including bumblebees, solitary bees, butterflies and hoverflies using these flowers
  • Farmland birds such as yellowhammer foraging within or on the edges of the margins and plots 
  • Annual production of flowers for the length of the agreement.
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB8 GS8 GS14 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 SW7 SW8 WT1 WT2 
  • Contains: 40% Strong Creeping Red Fescue, 20% Hard Fescue, 10% Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass, 20% Chewings Fescue, 1% Red Clover, 1.25% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 0.25% Selfheal, 0.5% Oxeye Daisy, 1% Yarrow, 0.25% Common Knapweed, 0.5% Wild Carrot, 2.5% Sainfoin, 2.5% Vetch, 0.25% Black Meddick
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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CSS2 Legume & Herb Rich Mixture GS4

Use this mixture for Legume and Herb-Rich Swards (GS4):

  • Suitable to establish a mixed sward of grasses, legumes and herbs and wildflowers in the first 12 months of the agreement
  • 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 Countryside Stewardship (CSS): GS1 GS4 GS8 GS14 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 SW7 SW8 WT1 WT2  
  • Contains:  15% Perennial ryegrass (late), 13% Meadow fescue, 20% Timothy, 5% Smooth-stalked meadow grass, 27% Strong Creeping red fescue, 10% Red clover, 2% Alsike , 0.5% Sheep's parsley, 1.5% Bird's foot trefoil, 5% Sainfoin,  0.5% Sheep's burnet, 0.25% Ribwort plantain, 0.25% Yarrow 
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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CSS3 Wildflower Meadow, also suitable for AB8

Use this mixture for Wildflower Meadows, also suitable for AB8 :

  • Provides rich habitat for butterflies, insects, birds & small mammals
  • An extended number of species of grass, legumes and wildflowers
  • Can be sown on its own or with other wildflower mixtures
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship AB8 GS4 GS8 GS14 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 SW7 SW8 WT1 WT2
    Contains: 10% Hard fescue, 10% Slender Creeping red fescue, 15% Timothy, 10% Chewing's fescue, 22% Strong Creeping red fescue, 6% Smooth-stalked meadow grass, 4% Sheeps fescue, 1% Tall oatgrass, 1% Meadow foxtail, 10% Red clover, 2% Alsike clover, 2% Ribwort plantain, 2% Bird's foot trefoil, 1% Self Heal, 1% Ox-eye daisy, 1% Lady's bedstraw, 1% Common Knapweed, 1% Wild carrot
  • Used to be called BSWF10
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg 
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CSS4 Nectar Flower Mixture AB1 - Enhanced (3 to 5 years)

Use this mixture for Nectar Flower Mix (AB1):

  • Food source and habitat for pollinating insects such as bumblebees, solitary bees, butterflies and hoverflies using the flowers
  • A Natural England preferred mixture - they advise to avoid short-term mixes that do not include Knapweed or Mallow, as they will not supply pollinators with long-term food sources for years 4 and 5 of the agreement.
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB1
  • Contains: 50% Sainfoin, 8% Red clover, 30% Common Vetch, 5% Alsike, 5% Bird's foot trefoil, 1% Musk mallow, 1% Common Knapweed
  • Sowing rate: 20-40kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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CSS5 Nectar Flower Mixture AB1 - Standard

Use this mixture for Nectar Flower Mix (AB1):

  • Food source and habitat for pollinating insects such as bumblebees, solitary bees,  butterflies and hoverflies using the flowers
  • A popular economical version excluding Knapweed and Mallow
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB1
  • Contains: 50% Sainfoin, 15% Red clover, 25% Common Vetch, 5% Alsike, 2.5% Bird's foot trefoil, 2.5% Crimson Clover
  • Sowing rate: 20-40kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg 
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CSS6 Two Year Sown Legume Fallow Mixture AB15

Use this mixture for Two Year Sown Legume Fallow Mixture AB15:

  • Reduces flowering blackgrass and provides an abundant supply of sown pollen and nectar-rich flowers between early and late summer in year 3 and year 5 of the agreement.
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB15 GS8 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 WT1 WT2 
  • Contains: 66% Perennial Ryegrass, 15% Red Clover, 10% Common Vetch, 7% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 2% Common Knapweed
  • Sowing rate: 30kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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CSS7 Autumn Sown Bumble Bird Mixture AB16

Use this mixture for Autumn Sown Bumblebird Mix AB16:

  • 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
  • Contains25% Winter triticale, 22% Winter barley,  20% Winter Wheat, 10Fodder radish,  10% Crimson clover, 3Bird's foot trefoil, 2Kale, 2Gold of Pleasure, 1Phacelia, 5% Vetch
  • Sowing rate: 30kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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CSS8 Buffer Strip and Beetle Bank AB3 with cocksfoot

Use this option for Beetle Banks AB3:

  • Provides 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 Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS): AB3 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 SW7 SW8 WT1 WT2
  • Contains: 25% Timothy, 5% Hard fescue, 10% Cocksfoot, 20% Tall fescue, 40% Strong Creeping red fescue
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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CSS9 Beetle Bank AB3 without cocksfoot

Use this option for Beetle Banks AB3:

  • Provides 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 Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB3 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 SW7 SW8
  • Contains: 30% Timothy, 5% Hard fescue, 20% Tall fescue, 35% Strong Creeping red fescue, 10% Chewing's fescue
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg/ha
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CSS10/TS Wild Bird Mixture - Tree Sparrow (1 year) AB9

Use this mixture for Winter Bird Food AB9:

  • Provides 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 Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB9
  • Spring sown - one year mixture
  • Contains: 50% Spring Triticale, 30% Spring Barley, 5% Quinoa, 5% Linseed, 5% White Millet, 5% Fodder Radish.
  •  Sow minimum 50kg per hectare. Pack size: 20kg

 

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CSS10/FCB Wild Bird Food Mixture - Finch & Corn Bunting (1 year) AB9

Use this mixture for Winter Bird Food AB9:

  • Provides 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 Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB9
  • Spring sown - one year mixture
  • Contains: 50% Spring Triticale, 25% Spring Barley, 5% Red Millet, 5% White Millet, 5% Quinoa, 10% Sunflower
  • Sow minimum 50kg per hectare. Pack size: 20kg
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CSS10/GP Wild Bird Mixture - Grey Partridge (1 or 2 year) AB9

Use this mixture for Winter Bird Food AB9:

  • Provides 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 Countryside Stewardship (CCS): AB9  
  • Spring sown - one or two year mixture
  • Contains: 50% Spring Triticale, 30% Spring Barley, 5% White Millet, 5% Kale, 5% Linseed, 5% Fodder Radish
  • Pack size: 20kg. Sow minimum 50kg per hectare
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CSS10/AS Wild Bird Mixture - Autumn Sown

Use this mixture for Winter Bird Food AB9:

  • Provides important food resources for farmland birds during autumn and winter
  • Farmland birds eat the seeds from October and beneficial insects including bees and butterflies use the flowers during the summer
  • Winterbird Food AB9 should be sown in the autumn as this is a rescue mixture where spring sowing has failed
  • Suitable for Entry Level Stewardship (ELS): EF2, EJ13
  • Contains: 40% Winter Triticale, 20% Winter Barley, 20% Common Vetch, 10% Forage Rape, 10% White Mustard
  •  Sow minimum 50kg/ha. Pack size: 20 kg
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CSS11 Species Rich Wild Grassland Mix AB3

Use CSS11 Species Rich Grassland Mix for habitat creation:

  • Introduce 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 Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB3 
  • Contains: 10% Hard fescue, 5% Sheeps Fescue, 15% Meadow Fescue, 8% Smooth-Stalked Meadow Grass, 30% Strong Creeping Red Fescue, 5% Highland Bent, 1% Yellow Oat Grass, 15% Chewing's fescue, 7% Tall fescue, 4% Smaller cat's-tail.
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha  Pack size: 20kg
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Jack Russell Wild Bird Seed Mixture

Jack Russell provides excellent food source for one year. The inclusion of grain sorghum gives the mix winter hardiness and structure. 

  • Herbicide tolerant  
  • Seed sheds early autumn 
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB9, OP2
  • Contains: Spring Triticale, Millet Blend, Grain Sorghum, Sunflower
  • Pack size: 20kg. Sow minimum 20kg per acre 
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