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Urban Pollinator Mix

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This mix was trialled successfully in Edinburgh over several years and allows you to create a permanent community of attractive pollen and nectar producing plants to provide the best food for pollinators throughout the season. There are 24 wildflower & 6 grass species in this mix and the mix includes annuals, biennials and perennials.

Species Common name %
20 % wildflowers
Achillea millefolium Yarrow 1
Centaurea cyanus Cornflower 1
Centaurea nigra Common Knapweed 1.3
Daucus carota Wild Carrot 0.5
Digitalis purpurea Foxglove 1
Echium vulgare Vipers Bugloss 1.4
Glebionis segetum Corn Marigold 1
Hyacinthoides non-scripta Bluebell/Wild Hyacinth 1
Hypochaeris radicata Cat’s Ear 0.1
Knautia arvensis Field Scabious 0.5
Lamium album White Deadnettle 0.5
Leontodon hispidus Rough Hawkbit 0.5
Leucanthemum vulgare Ox eye Daisy 1
Papaver rhoeas Corn Poppy 1
Primula veris Cowslip 0.1
Primula vulgaris Primrose 0.2
Prunella vulgaris Selfheal 1.5
Ranunculus acris Meadow Buttercup 1.3
Rhinanthus minor Yellow Rattle 2
Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort 0.5
Succisa pratensis Devils-bit Scabious 0.5
Tripleurospermum inodorum Mayweed 1
Vicia cracca Tufted Vetch 1
Viola riviniana Violet 0.1
80% grasses
Alopecurus pratensis Meadow Foxtail 2
Anthoxanthum odoratum Sweet Vernal Grass 4
Agrostis capillaris Common Bent 8
Cynosurus cristatus Crested Dogs Tail 14
Poa pratensis Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass 17
Festuca rubra commutata Chewings Fescue 35

 

Illustrated Mix Contents (PDF): Urban Pollinators 2017

Mix Contents (PDF): Urban Pollinators mix contents PDF

Sowing and Managing your meadow (PDF): Sowing & Managing your meadow PDF

Background

Urban pollinator Edinburgh Tim Duffy (2)

In spring 2015 local resident FOMBL and Edinburgh Living Landscape Board (ELL) member Tim Duffy planned, prepared and seeded a new true Wildflower meadow between Warrender Park Terrace and Leamington walk in collaboration with Mike Shields of the CEC. Mike kindly allocated a site adjacent to a popular cross-walk which was also in an area where local residents were used to grassland plantings being left fairly ‘high’ over long periods and what was new about this wildflower patch is that it was a true meadow meaning it consisted largely of 80% grasses as well as the colourful ( and otherwise attractive to Urban Pollinators) native wildflower species. The seed mix had been especially designed by Scotia Seeds based on the research results of the team of Professor Graham Stone of the University of Edinburgh as a contribution to the ELL, which aimed to identify native wildflower species that could provide nectar food sources over a longer period over the summer and without ‘food scarcity gap periods’ which sometimes occurs in widely used wildflower seed mixes. The ‘Urban Pollinator’ seed mix results in a long and continuous flowering period from early spring to late summer and the grasses provide breeding grounds for species like butterflies that must lay their eggs on grass stalks. The Pollinators that will benefit include Bees, hoverflies and many others too small to notice. This spring the site was doubled in size to about 200 sqm by the FOMBL volunteers (with the council kindly doing the ground rotivation with a machine beforehand) . And it will be cut just once a year in time for the October 28th FOMBL volunteers to rake and remove the arisings. It is very important to remove as much as possible of the accumulated plant matter at the end of the year as lower fertility ground is what allows wildflowers to prosper and spread. In the adjacent to the east ‘naturalized grasslands’ that have been much less cut by the council the plant biodiversity – and thus benefit to wildlife – is increasing slowly but the council does not have the manpower to remove the grass cuttings. This year an extended group of hard working FOMBL volunteers raked this very large area after the council ‘half-cut’ it to try and help deal with the Common Dock explosion that had occurred on this site from the existing large seedbank of this species. These docks were there all along and although good for wildlife (bird seed source) they were considered to be over powering this year. By continuing to rake the sites and remove the arisings we hope that the species seeded in the true wildflower meadow may spread to the naturalized grassland (they did not include Dock seed!) to make it even more useful to wildlife and beautiful to us wildflower lovers.
See https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/2016/08/50-for-the-future-re-naturalise-urban-green-spaces/ for more background on such ELL initiatives.

Images

Yellow Rattle (Rhinathus minor) & bumblebee

Yellow Rattle & Meadow Brown butterfly

Wild Carrot and Small Copper butterfly

White Deadnettle & bumblebee

Tufted Vetch

Primrose and Peacock Butterfly

Primrose and bumblebee

Poppy and Bumblebee

Ox-eye Daisy

Orange tip butterfly and Hyacinthoides (6)

Hawkbit

Field Scabious

Devil's-bit Scabious

Cowslip

Cornflower