Beetle banks

  • Beetle banks are raised banks that run across arable fields
  • They provide strips of grassy vegetation in an arable landscape that are not close to hedges. This seems to make them particularly beneficial to partridges and Skylark
  • We sow beetle banks with the same species-rich mix we use for grassy margins
  • Mowing and removal of cuttings is harder on sloping banks, but we try to do this when possible
  • Our beetle banks tend to be a mixture of short and rank vegetation and can be species rich