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      AB1 Nectar Flower Mix

      A flowering plant mix containing a mixture of longer-lived flowering species with shorter-lived legumes for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hoverflies and moths. Ideal for lower-yielding areas with a sunny aspect, facing south or south-southwest, flowering from late spring to autumn.

      AB1 Nectar flower mix is ideal for lower-yielding areas with a sunny aspect, facing south or south-southwest. The mix provides areas of flowering plants delivering pollen and nectar from late spring to autumn for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hoverflies and moths.

      A flowering plant mix containing a mixture of longer-lived flowering species with shorter-lived legumes.

      Example AB1 Nectar flower mix

      • Red Clover
      • Alsike Clover
      • Birdsfoot Trefoil
      • Vetch
      • Yarrow
      • Wild Carrot
      • Black Medick
      • Lucerne

      This mixture is eligible for a payment of £511 per hectare under the Countryside Stewardship Mid and Higher Tier agreements.

      Find out more:
      DEFRA Countryside Stewardship grants

      How to sow AB1 Nectar flower mix successfully

      • Use in lower-yielding areas with a sunny aspect, facing south or south-southwest
      • Avoid planting under overhanging trees, next to tall hedges or on land facing north or east
      • Leave access to surrounding crops to allow for management
      • Use wide margins and 0.25 – 0.5ha blocks to allow insects to move to safety when fields are being sprayed
      • Space five 0.5ha patches evenly within 100ha to meet the food needs of pollinators
      • Sow by broadcasting at a rate of 15kg/ha when the soil is warm and moist

      Sowing requirements

      1. Establish by sowing a grass-free seed mix containing a minimum of six flower species in blocks or strips between 1st March and 15th September
      2. At least two flower species must be the following: common knapweed, musk mallow, oxeye daisy, wild carrot, yarrow, with no single species exceeding 50% of the total seed mix by weight
      3. Regular cutting is allowed in the first 12 months to help establish the sown species
      4. Manage established nectar flower mix plots as follows:
        1. – 50% of the plot area cut in rotation each year between 15th May and 15th June – the same area must not be cut in successive years
        2. The whole plot (100%) cut each year between 15th September and 30th March
      5. Remove or shred cuttings to prevent weed ingress and the development of patches of dead material
      6. Do not graze between 15th March and 31st August
      7. Do not allow a single species to exceed 50% of the total seed mix by weight
      8. Keep records of all seed invoices, field operations including associated invoices and grazing activity, plus photographs of the mix once established
      9. Nectar plots must be kept until 31st December in year 5 of the agreement