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 contact us for expert advice on compliance to schemes. 

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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, 5% Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass, 20% Chewings Fescue, 2.5% Red Clover, 0.5% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 0.25% Selfheal, 0.25% Oxeye Daisy, 0.25% Yarrow, 0.5% Ribwort Plantain, 0.5% Crimson Clover, 0.25% Wild Carrot, 5% Sainfoin, 5% Vetch
  • Sowing rate: 15-20kg/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, 20% Strong Creeping red fescue, 6% Smooth-stalked meadow grass, 4% Sheeps fescue, 1% Tall oatgrass, 1% Meadow foxtail, 10% Red clover, 2% Alsike clover, 1% Ribwort plantain, 2% Bird's foot trefoil, 2% Sainfoin, 1% Yarrow, 1% Self Heal, 1% Ox-eye daisy, 1% Lady's bedstraw, 1% Common Knapweed, 1% Wild carrot
  • Used to be called BSWF10
  • Sowing rate: 15-20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg 
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CSS4 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
  • 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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CSS5 Nectar Flower Mixture AB1 - Enhanced

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
  • Premium mix, exactly as prescribed by Natural England
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB1
  • Contains: 10% Alsike Clover, 10% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 5% Black Medick, 40% Common Vetch, 10% Early Flowering Red Clover, 10% Late Flowering Red Clover, 5% Lucerne, 5% Sweet Clover, 1.5% Common Knapweed, 1% Musk Mallow, 1% Oxeye Daisy, 1% Wild Carrot, 0.5% Yarrow 
  • Sowing rate: 15kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg 
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CSS6/20 Two Year Sown Legume Fallow Mixture AB15

Use this mixture for Two Year Sown Legume Fallow Mixture AB15 (2020 or before):

  • Recommended for schemes that began in or before 2020. For schemes in 2021 and onwards, see our CSS6/21 Two Year Sown Legume Fallow Mix 
  • 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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CSS6/21 Two Year Sown Legume Fallow Mixture AB15

Use this mixture for Two Year Sown Legume Fallow Mixture AB15 (2021 onwards):

  • Recommended for schemes that begin in 2021 and onwards. For schemes that began in or before 2020, see our CSS6/20 Two Year Sown Legume Fallow Mix
  • 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: 10% Alsike Clover, 5% Crimson Clover, 5% Birds Foot Trefoil, 50% Common Vetch, 15% Lucerne, 15% Red Clover 
  • Sowing rate: 15-20kg/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
  • Contains: 34% Triticale, 34% Wheat, 2% Fodder Radish, 3% Gold of Pleasure, 2% Kale, 8% Linseed, 1% Alsike Clover, 1% Birdsfoot Trefoil, 7% Common Vetch, 5% Crimson Clover, 1% Lucerne, 1% Phacelia, 1% Red Clover 
  • Sowing rate: 50kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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CSS6/21R Two Year Sown Legume Fallow Mixture (with ryegrass) AB15

Use this mixture for Two Year Sown Legume Fallow Mixture AB15 (2021 onwards):

  • Recommended for schemes that begin in 2021 and onwards. For schemes that began in or before 2020, see our CSS6/20 Two Year Sown Legume Fallow Mix
  • Includes 30% ryegrass
  • 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: 35% Vetch, 30% Perennial Ryegrass, 10% Lucerne, 10% Red Clover, 5% Alsike Clover, 5% Crimson Clover, 5% Birds Foot Trefoil
  • Sowing rate: 15-20kg/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
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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, 30% Spring Barley, 5% Red Millet, 5% White Millet, 5% Quinoa, 5% 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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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: 25% Strong Creeping Red Fescue, 15% Meadow Fescue, 8% Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass, 10% Hard Fescue, 2% Yellow Oatgrass, 15% Chewing's Fescue, 6% Sheeps Fescue, 10% Tall Fescue, 5% Highland Bent, 4% Smaller Cats-Tail
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha  Pack size: 20kg
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