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So far, all seed mixtures tested have worked as well as conventional insecticide, and most of them did much better.
Wheat and barley grains are often included in seed mixtures but they are really only suitable for pigeons, doves and pheasants, which feed on the ground and rapidly increase in numbers, frequently deterring the smaller species.
Lawn experts at its test sites in Yorkshire tested 17 general purpose grass seed mixtures in similar conditions, giving each mixture similar treatment over a year.
Expensive seed mixtures may prove more economical overall as they reduce waste.
Other birds will be attracted by crumbled up bread and bits of pastry, cooked rice, dry porridge oats and oatmeal, and the special bird seed mixtures you can buy.
The Sown Biodiverse Pastures project involves over 1000 Portuguese farmers and provides them with seed mixtures adapted for specific soils which help increase the soil's resilience to environmental instabilities.
In summer they love black sunflower seeds, pinhead oatmeal, soaked sultanas, raisins and currants, mild grated cheese, mealworms, waxworms, mixes for insectivorous birds and good seed mixtures without loose peanuts their young could choke on.
These, as well as lawn-flower seed mixtures, are available from Landlife Wildflowers (0151 737 189)1.
Activities include erecting bird and bat boxes, sowing wild bird seed mixtures, establishing new hedgerows and replacing windbreaks with native shrubs.
All seed mixtures are made up of different grasses with different qualities - and the blend determines the type of lawn you get.