Supplementary Winter Feeding For Farmland Birds ( AB12 )
How This Will Benefit The Environment.
It provides important food resources for farmland birds in late winter and early spring on arable and mixed farms, by supplementing crops of winter bird food with additional seed, such as cereal, oilseed and specialised grains. It gives the birds food through the late winter period when seed is in short supply (known as the hungry gap) and as they enter the breeding season.
If successful there will be seed-eating farmland birds using the feeding areas from December to April, including:
- grey partridge
- tree sparrow
- corn bunting
- turtle dove (seen during the spring and summer)
Target birds will be seen more frequently on the farm in the spring and there will be increased breeding success there.
It is available for Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier and Higher Tier Schemes on whole or part-parcels in rotation on: arable land, temporary grassland or bush orchards.
More information on our AB12 seed mix is available here