The grass that was under and surrounding the polytunnel which housed the free range turkeys last year was hard hit and did not recover over the winter. We therefore decided to re-seed the area with grass seeds. Amongst these grass seeds we planted a patch of wild flower seeds, to firstly brighten the field up a bit but mainly to encourage bees and insects to thrive on the flowers that would grow there.
We are thrilled with the results and will definitely do this again in the future. The number of bees, butterflies and insects that have benefited from the flowers has been unbelievable. Our free range turkeys will be able view the flowers from a distance, so rest assured that the insects will be protected from them. Next year we hope to plant a wild flower mix again, but using direct drilling to increase biodiversity of the soil too.