SFI Seed Mixtures for AHL1:
Pollen and Nectar Flower Mix

Use these seed mixtures to establish flower-rich blocks or strips of pollen and nectar-rich flowering legumes on land entered into the AHL1 SFI action.

For more information about the application of these SFI seed mixtures or to place an order, please call 01233 720871 or email Andrew Bourne or Anelia Clarkson.

AHL1 | Pollen Nectar Gold

33% |  4.95kg/ha | SAINFOIN

25% | 3.75kg/ha | VETCH

10% | 1.5kg/ha | ALSIKE CLOVER

6% | 0.9kg/ha | KRYINA RED CLOVER

6% | 0.9kg/ha | ROZETA RED CLOVER

4% | 0.6kg/ha| BIRDSFOOT TREFOIL

6.5% | 0.975kg/ha | CRIMSON CLOVER

8% | 1.2kg/ha | LUCERNE

0.5% | 0.075kg/ha | YARROW

1% | 0.15kg/ha | COMMON KNAPWEED

100% | 15kg/ha

SOWING RATE: 15kg/ha

SFI PAYMENT: £739/ha

KEY BENEFITS: Nitrogen fixing, compliments cereals and brassicas in rotation, and improves soil structure. The additional flowering species in this mix offer greater visual impact.

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM SFI GUIDANCE:

If you’re doing this action on the same area of land for the 3-year duration of your SFI agreement you must establish the blocks or strips of pollen and nectar flower mix during the first 12 months of your SFI agreement, and maintain the blocks or strips of pollen and nectar flower mix on the same area of land in each subsequent year of your 3-year SFI agreement.

If you are rotating this action around your farm, each year or your SFI agreement you must do it for a period of time that could reasonably be expected to achieve this action’s aim.

AHL1 | Pollen Nectar Bronze

30% | 4.5kg/ha | SAINFOIN

40% | 6kg/ha | VETCH

4% | 0.6kg/ha | ALSIKE CLOVER

4% | 0.6kg/ha | KRYINA RED CLOVER

4% | 0.6kg/ha | ROZETA RED CLOVER

2% | 0.3kg/ha | BIRDSFOOT TREFOIL

5.5% | 0.825kg/ha | LUCERNE

0.25% | 0.0375kg/ha | YARROW

0.25% | 0.0375kg/ha | OXEYE DAISY

10% | 1.5kg/ha | CRIMSON CLOVER

100% | 15kg/ha

SOWING RATE: 15kg/ha

SFI PAYMENT: £739/ha

KEY BENEFITS: Nitrogen fixing, compliments cereals and brassicas in rotation, and improves soil structure.

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM SFI GUIDANCE:

If you’re doing this action on the same area of land for the 3-year duration of your SFI agreement you must establish the blocks or strips of pollen and nectar flower mix during the first 12 months of your SFI agreement, and maintain the blocks or strips of pollen and nectar flower mix on the same area of land in each subsequent year of your 3-year SFI agreement.

If you are rotating this action around your farm, each year or your SFI agreement you must do it for a period of time that could reasonably be expected to achieve this action’s aim.

AHL1: Pollen and Nectar Flower Mix FAQs

What is the aim of the AHL1 SFI action?

This action’s aim is that there’s a pollen and nectar flower mix which produces areas of flowering plants from late spring and during the summer months.

The purpose of this is to provide food for beneficial pollinators, such as bumble bees, solitary bees, butterflies and hoverflies, and encourage natural crop pest predators as part of an IPM approach if located close to cropped areas.

What land is eligible for AHL1 SFI applications?

You can do this action on eligible agricultural land located below the moorland line.

You can apply for this action on either the total SFI available area in each land parcel shown in your SFI application, or part of that area.

This action is rotational. You can do this action on the same area of eligible land for the duration of your 3-year SFI agreement, or you can move the area each year.

Where is best to establish and maintain AHL1 Pollen and nectar flower mix on my land?

You must establish and maintain blocks or strips of pollen and nectar flower mix on land entered into this action.

Once established, you must maintain the blocks or strips of pollen and nectar mix. To do this, you must manage them in a way that could reasonably be expected to achieve this action’s aim.

You must not do the following on the blocks or strips of pollen and nectar mix once they’re established. Cut or graze them with livestock in a way that means this action’s aim cannot reasonably be achieved. Apply any fertilisers or manures. Or use pesticides, except for herbicides to weed wipe or spot treat for the control of injurious weeds, invasive non-native species, nettles, or bracken.

How do I complete the AHL1 SFI action?

It’s up to you how you complete this action, as long as you do it in a way that can reasonably be expected to achieve this action’s aim.

You may find it helpful to read the voluntary guidance on how to establish and maintain blocks or strips of pollen and nectar flower mix, but you do not have to follow it.

What evidence should I keep to prove I have completed AHL1 SFI action?

You should keep evidence to show what you’ve done to complete this action. This will help if it’s not clear that you’ve completed the action in a way that could reasonably be expected to achieve this action’s aim.

This evidence could include photographs and other documentation to show what you’ve done to complete this action. It could also include field operations at a land parcel level and associated invoices. If you choose to take photographs, read the guidance on how to take photographic evidence for SFI actions.

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