Boost pollinators and birds on your farm with discounted pollen & nectar mixes

Last updated: 12 Apr 2017

The Campaign for the Farmed Environment’s popular seed mixes to support pollinators and farmland birds are back for another year!  Thanks to CFE’s partners at Syngenta and Kings Seeds, this year we will again be offering discounted an annual flower mix and a wild bird seed mix. With the soil warming up, now is the perfect time for sowing.

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Pollen and nectar mixes can be used to enhance EFA fallow land or unproductive, awkward field corners and margins. Providing food for pollinators may also enhance your crop productivity, benefiting crop pollination and natural enemies of certain crop pests.

This is also a highly visible way to show how your farm is making an effort for wildlife, especially when planted near a footpath. For pollinators, it provides an important source of essential pollen and nectar once oil seed rape has finished flowering.

The Annual Flower seed mix is designed to have a long flowering season and be relatively easy to establish. It requires no in-season management and as an annual, it can be easily rotated around your farm.  The mix contains crimson clover, red clover, phacelia, native corn flower and native corn marigold and native corn chamomile. The most suitable time for sowing is August to October, at a similar time to oilseed rape.

Recent ecological monitoring by Syngenta on farms with the Operation Pollinator Annual Flower mix recorded 29 species of bumblebees, honey bees, and solitary bees feeding, demonstrating the value of the mix.

The Annual Flower mix is available at £35 per 4kg pack (including delivery and grower guidelines), which will sow up to 1 hectare. It can also be autumn sown, leading to earlier flowering which benefits several mining bee species known to be involved in crop pollination.

Our second offer, the ‘Bees & Seeds’ mix also supports pollinators, as well as farmland birds.  It provides pollen and nectar later in the summer plus plenty of seeds to feed many bird species through the winter up to March, the ‘hungry gap’. It also provides an ideal canopy for game birds and will complement game cover crops. The mix can be planted on EFA fallow land or unproductive areas, between May to mid-July. Each 20kg pack costs £50, which will cover up to a hectare.

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To take advantage of these offers, email [email protected] for a voucher code, specifying if you would like the annual wildflower mix or the Bees & Seeds (wild bird seed) mix, or both. We will reply via email with the product and voucher codes. You can then order directly from Kings.

There's a Q&A here and full details of both mixes.

Further guidance about supporting pollinators and managing pollen and nectar mixes can be found on the CFE webpages.

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