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Farmland birds often become vulnerable to starvation during winter when natural sources run out. To ensure they enter spring in the best possible condition for breeding and survival, supplementary feeding during this ‘hungry gap’, from December to April, is vital.
Natural England introduced options EF23 and HF24 within Environmental Stewardship and this has since been followed through to Countryside Stewardship as option AB12 to support this activity, termed supplementary feeding. There is also an opportunity to support the Campaign for the Farmed Environment by providing seed for farmland birds.
Supplementary feeding involves provision of additional seed from December through to the spring on a regular basis alongside areas of wild bird seed mixture and over wintered stubble. Great results have been reported by those that practise supplementary feeding and a range of farmland birds clearly switch to this additional food source when the planted seed supply becomes exhausted.
Kings supplies a range of advice and seed mixtures designed specifically for this purpose:
Given the need (for agreement compliance reasons) to record the regular feeding locations, volumes of feed used etc we have created a supplementary feeding record book for annual use which can be used alongside your ongoing feeding activity.
It is weatherproof and designed to be kept in the vehicle cab, next to the feed store or in a jacket pocket and comes with enough space to note observations along with a simple farmland bird guide to help recognise some of the key species.
To discuss your needs with one of the Kings technical advisory team, call 0800 587 9797.
In preparation for winter feeding, Kings has created mixes to hold game birds and keep them in good condition during the colder months.
Seed is available in bulk bags and 20-25kg bags at competitive prices and mixes can be adapted to suit individual needs.
For more information, please contact the team, speak to your local Kings advisor or call 0800 587 9797.