If you go up the Heron Trail and turn right by Dodder Fen, you can look over our arable fields.
|Matt the Ranger in his flower bed.|
The predominant colour is blue with cornflowers and borage. The tall, pink/purple plant is Phacelia and the white one is buckbean. they all attract masses of insects, especially bees and hover flies. Later they produce seed for the birds.
In previous years we grew more cereals and even had to use a combine harvester to gather grain, most of which was fed to the birds in winter. We also grew long-stemmed barley for thatching. Under the HLS, we grow crops that don't have to be harvested and therefore do not have to be "tidy" monocultures. In fact, the more weeds we have, the better. Weed seeds tend to be smaller than cereals and appeal to wider range of birds. I guess you will have noticed that most birds ignore wheat and barley on the bird table, but snaffle up the sunflower seed and the small stuff.
You can learn more about pollen mixes here.