GWCT Partridge Mixes

We have been working with the GWCT at Rotherfield Park to try and improve the habitat for their grey partridge restoration project with considerable success. Dr Francis Buner who carries out the scientific monitoring on the Estate is also involved with a new North-European sustainable management intereg project called PARTRIDGE  which will showcase best practice models at ten 500-hectare farmland demonstration sites in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. In conjunction with GWCT and European Partners we have developed four mixes as part of this exciting new, cross-nation initiative to help recover grey partridges across their native range. 

GWCT Wild Bird Seed Mixes

Four mixes developed in conjunction with the GWCT and European partners to help the grey partridge recover its range across Europe. All four mixes are suitable for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The margin mix uses robust and tall native flowers and grasses to create an insect-rich margin ideal for nesting and brood rearing as well as providing some winter cover; the meadow mix delivers a ‘traditional’ wild flower meadow with added protection for the partridges; the nectar mix uses agricultural legumes and native flowers to deliver secure brood-rearing habitat and some winter cover and the wild bird seed mix delivers winter food and cover as well as brood-rearing cover for 2-3 years. For every hectare pack of the GWCT PARTRIDGE project mixes that you purchase, Oakbank will donate £20 to the project.

 

GWCT PARTRIDGE margin mix

Contains fine grasses and native wild flowers as follows: yarrow, tansy, oxeye daisy, teasel, black knapweed, red campion, musk mallow, wild carrot

Bag size – 20kg (hectare)

GWCT PARTRIDGE meadow mix

Contains traditional meadow type grasses and native wild flowers suitable for an extensive cutting regime: wild red clover, birdsfoot trefoil, field scabious, yarrow, black knapweed, selfheal, ladys bedstraw, wild carrot, oxeye daisy, wild marjoram, teasel, musk mallow, red campion, tufted vetch

Bag size – 12kg (hectare)

GWCT PARTRIDGE wild bird mix

Contains triticale, sunflowers, sweet fennel, lucerne, kale, fodder radish, mustard, camelina, chicory, teasel, vetch, perennial rye

Seed treatment – Cruiser SB (kale), nitrogen gold inoculum (lucerne)

 Bag size – 20kg (hectare)

GWCT PARTRIDGE nectar mix

Contains agricultural red clover, black medic, vetch, sainfoin, sweet clover, chicory, yarrow and native birdsfoot trefoil, wild carrot, black knapweed, oxeye daisy, teasel, musk mallow

 Bag size – 12kg (hectare)

During 2017, we have donated £910.00 for the Partridge Project