BFS 1 – Traditional Hay Meadow Wildflower Mix

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A traditional hay meadow conservation seed mix containing a high diversity of 26 UK native wildflowers and grasses. It is a seed mix suited for low fertility, moist, circumneutral and free draining moist soils that dry out in the summer. It is represented by the NVC community MG5 and is a habitat of principle importance ‘Lowland Meadows’.

Suitable NVC Communities: MG5
Sowing Rate: 5g/m²
Contains: Wildflowers 20% (19 species) Grasses 80% (7 species)

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A traditional hay meadow conservation seed mix containing a high diversity of 26 UK native wildflowers and grasses. It is a seed mix suited for low fertility, moist, circumneutral and free draining moist soils that dry out in the summer. It is represented by the NVC community MG5 and is a habitat of principle importance ‘Lowland Meadows’.

This type of meadow is managed traditionally by leaving the sward to flower and set seed from spring until early summer when a hay cut is taken to remove fertility and it is grazed thereafter. Light to moderate grazing can also be employed instead of a hay cut. Structural diversity such as tussocky grassland and taller herbs should be maintained on rotation by fencing off certain areas, which will benefit flowering species and the wildlife using these habitats. Hay meadow habitats are associated with high plant diversity, which provides a flower rich resource for notable pollinators such as common and shrill carder bee in southern localities.

Suitable NVC Communities: MG5
Sowing Rate: 5g/m²
Contains: Wildflowers 20% (19 species) Grasses 80% (7 species)

The Mix contains the following species:

 

Wildflowers:
4% Achillea millefolium – (Yarrow)        
10% Centaurea nigra – (Black knapweed)
9% Galium verum – (Lady’s bedstraw)
3% Hypochaeris radicata – (Common cat’s-ear)
4% Lathyrus pratensis – (Meadow vetchling)
2% Leontodon autumnalis – (Autumn hawkbit)
8% Leucanthemum vulgare – (Ox-eye daisy)
5% Lotus corniculatus – (Common bird’s-foot trefoil)
3% Pimpinella saxifrage – (Burnet saxifrage)
10% Plantago lanceolate – (Ribwort plantain)
1% Primula veris – (Cowslip)
11% Prunella vulgaris – (Selfheal)
9% Ranunculus acris – (Meadow buttercup)
5% Rhinanthus minor – (Yellow rattle)
6% Rumex acetosa – (Common sorrel)
3% Sanguisorba officianlis – (Great burnet)
3% Stachys officianlis – (Betony)
2% Succisa pratensis – (Devil’s bit-scabious)
2% Vicia cracca – (Tufted vetch)

Grasses:
3.0% Agrostis castellana – (Common bent)
2.5% Anthoxanthum odoratum – (Sweet vernal grass)
1.5% Briza media – (Quaking grass) 
20.0% Cynosurus cristatus – (Crested dog’s-tail)
25.0% Festuca rubra ssp litoralis – (Slender Creeping Red Fescue)
45.0% Festuca rubra ssp rubra – (Red fescue)
3.0% Trisetum flavescens – (Yellow oat grass)