Two year sown legume fallow


This option will provide food for farmland wildlife, such as pollen and nectar for pollinators, and invertebrate chick food for farmland birds.

It will also offer a rotational reduction of blackgrass.

If successful there will be:

  • a reduction in flowering blackgrass and an abundant supply of sown pollen and nectar-rich flowers between early and late summer in year 3 and year 5 of the agreement
  • pollinating and beneficial insects such as bumblebees, solitary bees, butterflies and hoverflies, using these flowers
  • some adult farmland birds and chicks seen foraging in and around the sown fallow between April and July
Sowing Rate Pack Size
30 - 40kg/ha 20kg



Scale 1-9, where 9 = best or most pronounced

Buffer Strips
Nectar/Flower Mix
Legume Fallow Mixture  
66% Late Perennial Ryegrass 7% Birdsfoot Trefoil
15% Red Clover 2% Black Knapweed (N)
10% Winter Vetch