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Wild Bird Seed Mixtures

Over recent years we have seen wild bird seed mixtures become a lot more popular. They can be used either as part of the Countryside stewardship agreement, Game Cover Crops or just for Environmental benefits.

Here at HAM we are pleased to offer a wide range ready made mixes but are also please to offer a bespoke mixing service tailoring mixtures to your individual requirements.

WBS 3 - 1 Year Spring Sown Mixture

WBS 3 - 1 Year Spring Sown Mixture

WBS 1 – 1 Year Spring Sown

(CCS Code AB9)

Spring Triticale 
Spring Barley 
White Millet 
Red Millet 
White Mustard 
Fodder Radish

Sowing Rate 40kg/ha 
Pack size 20kg

WBS 2 – 1-2 Year Spring Sown

(CCS Code AB9)

Spring Triticale 
Spring Barley 
Spring wheat 
Kale 
Fodder Radish 
White Millet 
Quinoa 
Red Millet 

Sowing Rate 40kg/ha 
Pack size 20kg

WBS 3 – 1 Year Spring Sown

(CCS Code AB9)

Spring Triticale 
Spring Barley 
Spring Wheat 
White Mustard 
Linseed 
Forage Rape

Sowing Rate 40kg/ha 
Pack size 20kg

WBS 4 – 1 Year Spring Sown 

(CCS Code AB9)

Spring Barley 
Spring Wheat 
Spring Triticale 
Spring Wheat 
Dwarf Sorghum 
White Millet 
Linseed 
Japanese Red Millet 
Red Millet 
Gold of Pleasure

Sowing Rate 40kg/ha 
Pack size 20kg

Feed & Cover Mixture

(CCS Code AB9)

Spring Triticale 
Spring Barley
Spring Wheat
Spring Oats
Dwarf Sorghum
White Millet
Japanese Reed Millet
Red Millet 
Gold of Pleasure
Quinoa

Sowing Rate 40kg/ha 
Pack size 20kg

Wild Bird Seed Mixture - Option 1
(Non Cereal)

Linseed
Buckwheat
Fodder Radish
White Millet
Phacelia

Sowing Rate 20kg/ha
Pack Size 20kg

Wild Bird Seed Mixture - Option 2
(Non Cereal)

Linseed
Kale Blend
Fodder Radish
White Mustard
White Millet
Red Millet
Phacelia
Quinoa


Sowing Rate 20kg/ha
Pack Size 20kg

Bespoke Mixture

HAM have a wide range of straights available and are happy to quote or make bespoke mixture to your needs.

Bespoke Mixtures

Winter feeding for farmland birds

AB12: Supplementary winter feeding for farmland birds

Requirements

  • spread the supplementary feed mixture specified in the agreement at an average rate of 25kg on the ground, at least once a week from 1 December until 30 April, at each of two separate feeding locations
  • select feeding areas that are firm and free-draining, such as farm tracks or hard standing areas, and in close proximity to enhanced overwinter stubbles, game cover or wild bird seed mixtures

Do not:

  • use hoppers to supply more than 10% of the total amount of feed provided during the specified feeding period
  • use tailings (small seeds and chaff removed from the harvested crop) as supplementary feed

What seed mix to use

The ideal mix should be a maximum of 70% cereal (wheat, barley, oats, triticale) and 30 or 40 of white millet, red millet, linseed, oil seed rape, canary seed, nyger seed, sunflower hearts (which can be bought in). A mix of 40% naked oats, 30% wheat, 20% millet and 10% oilseed rape has provided good results on some farms.

Wild Bird Feed Range

keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • details of the mixture used (weight of components and cost)
  • dates of feeding
  • method of feeding (hopper or spreading)
  • amount of feed
  • the location of the feeding areas

On your annual claim you will be asked to declare that you haven’t carried out any activities prohibited by the option requirements.

Manage how and when to supplementary feed

Having 2ha of AB9 Winter bird food in the agreement allows 1 tonne of supplementary feed to be spread each year, split equally between 2 feeding stations, so 500kg per year per feeding station. Where less than 2ha of AB9 is put into the agreement, a pro-rata amount of AB12 can be included. For example, the minimum area allowed of AB9 is 0.4ha. This would allow 200kg of AB12 to be included, spread equally between two feeding stations, so 100kg per year per feeding station.

Supplementary feeding should start before the sown winter bird food runs out. This keeps farmland birds using the areas and prevents a dip in their winter condition.

Distribute enough supplementary food to match the birds’ consumption, so that seed is not left uneaten. This will ensure that a fresh supply of food is maintained, which will keep birds healthy and reduce any rodent problems. This is particularly important when ground feeding, or if hoppers are left unprotected.

Feed twice a week so that no food is left by the second day after feeding. As well as reducing rodents this will cut down on the use of the supplementary feed areas by crows and pigeons. Feed should be well spread out on the areas chosen, rather than left in piles.

Prepare to be flexible, so that if the winter period is extended through bad weather, the amount of feeding planned can be adjusted and extended for any additional days or weeks that are needed. This ensures that birds are not left with a ‘hungry gap’ before the natural seed resources on the farm become available.

For the lastest up-to-date information regarding AB12: Supplementary winter feeding for farmland birds, please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/countryside-stewardship-grants/supplementary-winter-feeding-for-farmland-birds-ab12