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Avon & Wiltshire

Mark Smith

Farm Conservation Adviser & CFE Regional Coordinator

Mark Smith

Mark has worked as a FWAG adviser for 13 years and is a valuable member of the team due to his strong farming background and knowledge of wildlife and environmental issues.
Mark covers Avon and Wiltshire offering a range of services from habitat surveys and Stewardship applications to Cross Compliance checks and soil, water and nutrient management advice. Mark also coordinates the Campaign for the Farmed Environment across the south west.

 

Cornwall

Becky Hughes

Farm Conservation Adviser & CFE County Coordinator

Becky Hughes

Becky’s previous roles in the Peak District and as a Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer in West Cornwall have made her a strong advocate for the role farming plays in maintaining our wonderful landscapes.
She will be carrying out work as a FWAG SouthWest adviser and as the County Co-ordinator for the Campaign for the Farmed Environment, supporting farmers who want to improve their environmental performance.

 

Devon

Roland Stonex

Farm Conservation Adviser

Roland Stonex

Roland has worked as a Farm Conservation Adviser in Somerset and Devon for over 15 years. He has completed a large number of successful stewardship agreements, and provides practical advice and support to help farmers implement the work required. He has a working knowledge of farm compliance issues, such as soil risk planning and NVZ's. Roland has developed and worked on a number of projects including Farm Plastic Recycling, stewardship scheme uptake and invasive species control. He has a particular interest in farm woodland management.

 

Dorset

Clare Buckerfield

Farm Conservation Adviser

Clare Buckerfield

Clare has been a Farm Conservation Adviser for 12 years. Current work includes provision of farm advice for the Wild Purbeck Nature Improvement Area, helping FWAG farmer members plan greening measures and contributing to the Poole Harbour and River Stour catchment partnerships. Clare has a lot of experience preparing agri-environment scheme applications and is particularly interested in chalk downland and can advise on the management, restoration and creation of chalk grassland and other grassland habitats, including preparation of grassland and scrub management plans.

Alex Butler

Farm Conservation Adviser

Alex Butler

Alex works from the Dorchester office and much of his spring and summer is spent helping farming clients apply for the Countryside Stewardship scheme. Other work includes organising training events on conserving farmland wildlife and managing both arable and grassland habitats.

Tim Bowden

Resource Protection Adviser

Tim Bowden

Tim has 35 years of experience in agricultural production and rural business advice. Tim provides agronomic advice to improve farm sustainability. FACTS qualified and currently studying for an MSc in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production, specialising in Grassland Systems. When not at work Tim can be found looking after his grazing livestock or racing his sailing dinghy.

Gloucestershire

Jenny Phelps

Senior Farm Conservation Adviser

Jenny Phelps

Jenny has over 30 years’ experience giving on farm advice, the last 10 years of which has been with Gloucestershire FWAG.
Jenny leads on many projects including the Upper Thames Catchment Based Approach and Payments for Ecosystem Services Defra pilots. All her projects use the integrated Local Delivery methodology, which aims to value and incorporate the knowledge and needs of land owners, authorities and the local communities.

Patrick Dreyer

Farm Conservation Adviser

Patrick Dreyer

Patrick started working for FWAG SW in the Summer of 2015. With over 10 years of practical land management experience he graduated from the RAU in 2014 with a BSc Countryside Management. Originally from West Devon he has a passion for traditional land management coupled with the developing technologies in agriculture.
Patrick offers countryside stewardship, cross compliance and general land management advice. He specialises in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), mapping farms and analysing soil and water resources, he also guests lectures at the RAU.

Sarah Wells

Farm Conservation Adviser

Sarah Wells

Sarah offers on farm advice on a range of topics including Countryside Stewardship schemes, environmental land management such as habitat creation, nutrient management planning (including NVZ regulations), resource protection and soils advice. For the past two years Sarah has also been involved in drawing up environmental plans for farms in order to satisfy environmental obligations set by retailers. She is experienced in a number of survey techniques and in producing digitised maps through the use of GIS software.
Sarah coordinates a number of projects including the facilitation of Payments for Ecosystem services projects throughout the Upper Thames catchment, which focusses on responsible pesticide use and minimising the risk of pesticides reaching surface waters; and the Rest Assured project which aims to help farmers struggling with the complexities of regulation, and to help farms to access funding to support the farm business.

Jo-anne Leigh

Farm Conservation Adviser

Jo-anne Leigh

Jo-anne has worked with FWAG SW as an associate for over two years, completing Farm Environment Plans and environmental stewardship applications.
Jo-anne has also worked on the WILD project undertaking farm advice visits covering a suite of issues such as diffuse pollution, countryside stewardship and cross compliance. Jo-anne is also a competent user of ArcGIS software and has used this to map the outputs of projects.

Somerset

Ben Thorne

Senior Farm Conservation Adviser

Ben Thorne

Ben has over 25 years’ experience working with farmers in Somerset and is currently leading on the delivery of the land management workstream of the Somerset 20 Year Flood Action Plan. Ben specialises in agri-environment schemes, making the environment relevant for every farmer and Natural Flood Management. Ben also acts as Team Leader in Somerset.

Ann Langdon

Resource Protection and Farm Conservation Adviser

Ann Langdon

Ann has worked for FWAG for the last 10 years. Her experience ranges from advising on and preparing agri-environment schemes to providing more specialist soil, water and grassland management advice. Recent work includes working as the adviser on the Somerset Levels Flood Recovery Project and providing nitrogen use efficiency advice to farmers across the south-west. She currently leads the team of advisers working with farmers on the Somerset Levels to increase farm resilience and adaptation to flooding.

Lauren Clarke

Farm Conservation Adviser

Lauren Clarke

Lauren joined FWAG SW in 2012. Lauren’s role includes advising farmers and landowners on Mid Tier and Hedgerow and Boundary Grants under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme and completing relevant applications. On top of this Lauren organises the annual Farm Plastic Recycling Scheme, which enables farmers to recycle their plastic at 15 sites across Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Abigail Vickery

Lower Catchment Farm Adviser

Abigail Vickery

Abi has worked on the Somerset Levels & Moors over the last 3 years, on the WOW (Value of Working Wetlands) Project and more recently for the Somerset Levels Flood Recovery Project, providing practical land management advice and assistance on wildlife and landscape conservation. Her work also involves monitoring the breeding and over-wintering bird populations and habitat conditions of the Levels, and assisting farmers in the implementation of agri-environment schemes. Abi also co-ordinated the Flood Recovery Fodder Bank.
Abi is currently working on the Hills to Levels Project with landowners in the lower catchment.
(Currently on maternity leave)

Sabine Peukert

Resource Protection Adviser

Sabine Peukert

Sabine joined FWAG in 2014 as a Resource Protection Adviser. She offers farm advice on natural flood management, soil management, diffuse pollution issues, regulation compliance and agri-environment schemes. She is mostly working on the Hills to Levels approach in Somerset, but is also delivering Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship workshops in South Devon. Sabine is coordinating the Multiple Benefits Project, which is part of the Hills to Levels approach and involves holistic catchment management. Sabine gained extensive experience with monitoring throughout her PhD, when she was researching the effects of different grassland management on soil and water quality with the University of Exeter and Rothamsted Research (North Wyke Farm Platform).

Joanna Uglow

Resource Protection Adviser

Joanna Uglow

Joanna works on the Hills to Levels project offering advice on natural flood management (NFM) and soil management. Joanna also specialises in mapping using Geographical Information Systems and has modelled flow pathways for river catchments in Somerset, as well as using mapping techniques to design NFM interventions.
Before joining FWAG SW in 2015, Joanna worked in soil science consultancy and has carried out many soil surveys across the UK to provide soil management advice in a number of situations. Joanna’s love for the environment goes beyond her work, and she can often be found walking or white water kayaking on Dartmoor.

Adam Lockyear

Farm Conservation Adviser

Adam Lockyear

Adam has been a farm conservation adviser for 8 years. He has worked on many stewardship agreements and climate change issues. Adam works on the Value of Working Wetlands Project covering the Somerset Levels and Moors working with farmers managing wet grassland habitats. He also runs a dairy goat farm for a cheese maker in Somerset.

Rebecca Mills

Farm Conservation Adviser

Rebecca Mills

Rebecca has been delivering environmental advice with FWAG SW to farmers in Somerset for over 15 years. During this time she has built up sound habitat survey skills and a good working knowledge of agri-environment schemes. Rebecca is currently working with a number of dairy farmers to help them meet their environmental obligations. She benefits from a strong farming background, farming beef cattle and sheep with her husband in the Brendon Hills.

Thomas Mansfield

Assistant Farm Conservation Adviser

Thomas Mansfield

Tom has recently joined FWAG SouthWest as an Assistant Farm Conservation Adviser. He will be assisting on a wide range of projects and helping to produce maps using geographic information systems.
In recent years Tom has been working as an ecologist and field surveyor while studying a course in ecological survey techniques. In the past he has been involved in a variety of botanical, bird and protected species surveys across the South West and Wales and has an interest in landscape scale conservation.

Jo Oborn

Farm Conservation Adviser and region wide Resource Protection Specialist

Jo Oborn

Jo has worked with farmers in the Somerset area, and beyond in Devon and Dorset, for more than 25 years. She is a qualified crop agronomist and specialises in practical advice on soils, nutrients, manures and sustainable crop rotations.

Laura Francis

Farm Conservation Adviser

Laura Francis

Laura has worked as a farm conservation adviser for 9 years advising farmers on a range of issues from agri-environment schemes to nutrient management planning. Recently, Laura has worked with farmers across the Hampshire Avon focussing on nitrate use efficiency as part of a funded project with the Environment Agency. Currently on secondment to Natural England, working as a Catchment Farming Officer in North Devon, Laura is now helping farmers apply for funding to help reduce diffuse and point source pollution. She is also working towards the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy which she hopes to complete in 2017.

Roy Hayes

Roy Hayes

Roy has worked for the Environment Agency and Natural England. Roy is currently on secondment to FWAG SW. He works on the Hills to levels project and Catchment Sensitive Farming in the Tone and Parrett Catchments linking diffuse pollution initiatives with Natural Land management to reduce flooding. He has helped many farmers apply for capital funding and specialist advisory visits.

Victoria Munday

Assistant Resource Protection Adviser

Victoria Munday

Vicky provides GIS mapping and other support to the FWAG SW Hills to Levels Project team in Somerset, as an Assistant Resource Protection Adviser.
With a degree in Physical Geography, Vicky has previously worked in environmental sustainability, so is keen to put her knowledge of environmental best practice to effective use with FWAG SW.

Emilie Graille

Somerset Catchment Partnership Coordinator

Emilie Graille

Emilie has a broad knowledge of water management, previously working in catchment management in the Bristol Avon as well as overseas, where she facilitated the delivery of improvement works for the water environments on a catchment scale. Her new role will focus on providing support to the Partnership group members, ensuring effective communication within the group, and making sure that the works carried out in the Somerset Catchment are joined up.