GWCT Wildlife Mix
Bright Seeds launches the GWCT Wildlife Mix. Along with Dr Francis Buner, Head of Wildlife Recovery at the GWCT we have developed a new and exciting seed mixture.
It is exclusive to Bright Seeds and is based around these key principles:
- Using UK provenance seed wherever possible, the mix contains 47 species, of which over 76% are native. Many of the wildflowers are harvested by Bright Seeds from wildflower meadows spread across southern England.
- The species-rich mix provides an abundant nectar and pollen source for a wide range of pollinators and other insects from early spring to late autumn, many of which flower low to the ground, which is of great benefit to grey partridges and their chicks during the breeding season.
- High yield of seed for farmland birds, this mix will comply for a wild-bird mixture within stewardship schemes. Plant species such as millet, sunflower, teasel and chicory are an invaluable feed source for farmland birds during the winter months.
- The inclusion of plants that offer vertical structure and a safe canopy throughout the whole year, creating an ideal habitat for nesting and winter cover for grey partridge and several other red-listed farmland birds. Dwarf grain sorghum and sunflowers offer suitable winter cover for the first winter, while chicory, teasel, sweet fennel, and mullein guarantee plenty of cover from the second year onwards.
- Through the inclusion of perennial wildflowers and other long-term species such as chicory and teasel the mix can last for as much as ten years.
*for every hectare sold, Bright Seeds will donate £20 to the GWCT Grey Partridge Recovery Scheme
|Dwarf Grain Sorghum
*Universal Wildflowers: a mix of 31 wildflower species, predominantly harvested from native meadows. Includes annuals (for first year vibrant colour) and perennials (for long-term flowering over many years)*