Supporting fellow farmers, for over 50 years, to value the environmental assets on their land and use them for a sustainable and profitable future.

How we help

Farm Habitats and Species

We can guide you through any project, arranging surveys and plans to satisfy local planning authority requirements and ensuring the project delivers the maximum wildlife and amenity value.

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Countryside Stewardship

FWAG SW has a wealth of experience in the range of grants on offer and their suitability for your farm business. We can prepare and submit an application on your behalf and help with your evidence and record keeping requirements.

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Our work

Environmental Land Management System Trial

The Environmental Land-Management System (ELMS) is being developed by DEFRA as a potential new payment methodology that is planned to replace current Basic Payment Scheme and Countryside Stewardship.

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Great Crested Newt Pond Scheme

Are you looking to create or restore a pond on your farm? This could be the opportunity for you. As part of Natural England’s District Level Licensing, up to 100% funding is available to create or restore existing ponds with Great Crested Newts at the forefront of the pond design. Click here to register your interest...

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Author: Ellen James

Somerset Catchment Partnership

Somerset Catchment Partnership is bringing together a range of organisations who work within the water environments of Somerset since 2013.

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Author: Ellen James

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Countryside Stewardship agreements were submitted, on behalf of farmers, in 2020

£11,851,000

of grants will be paid to these farmers in the south west over the next 5 years

Plus £5.8m

for capital investments

Support us

County Competitions

FWAG SouthWest currently run county based competitions in Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Are you a farmer who carefully considers methods of conservation and sustainability when farming your land? If you would like to find out more about these competitions, and find out how to enter, click here.

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Become a member / Renew your membership

JOIN US! Become a friend or a member and you'll be helping to create a better farmed environment for everyone across the South West.

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Are you interested to volunteer with us?

Volunteering with FWAG SouthWest is a brilliant opportunity to gain on the ground experience in conservation, a way of giving your time to our charity and something for your CV, as well as a chance to meet new people in your area and have fun! Click here if you think you may want to get involved!

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News

  • [01.09.21] Farming Rules for Water – EA Regulatory Position Statement

    The Farming Rules for Water (FRfW) were introduced in April 2018 to help protect water by standardising good farming practice. Many of the 8 rules duplicate NVZ and Cross Compliance regulations. Rule 1 is causing concern, particularly for those who use organic manures. Click here for full information... Read more

  • [10.08.21] The Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report

    The Somerset Rivers Authority have released their annual report, outlining the work that has taken place in the last 12 months. FWAG SouthWest have worked alongside the Somerset Rivers Authority to deliver the Natural Flood Management Auction that took place earlier this year, as well as on projects such as Trees for Water; you will find these outlined with the report. Click here for full details... Read more

  • [14.07.21] Press Release: Environment Agency grant kickstarts Soil Carbon Code Creation

    The Soil Farm Carbon Code pilot is supported by a consortium of organisations that have created the background potential for the Code, offering extensive expertise. This project will be a catalyst for further grant and academic funding well beyond the completion of the the project activities. The code will provide a framework to evidence the economic value of scientific research into soil carbon sequestration. Click here to read the full press release, outlining the Code in more detail... Read more

Blog Posts

  • Entry #16 - Joanne Leigh: Connectivity in the Landscape

    Looking out over the countryside at this time of year you can see the pale creamy fields of harvested crops framed within the deep green lines of hedgerows, ditches and margins. The ever-decreasing patches of green pastures nestled in now and then and some early shades of orange through to brown of those fields already ploughed... To read the full article from Joanne, click here. Read more

  • Entry #15 - Sammy Read: What Does it Really Mean to be a Regenerative Farmer?

    This is a question I have pondered for a while as there is no one size fits all. Read the full post from Sammy by clicking here... Read more

  • Entry #14 - Milly Bowden: Stuck in the middle

    A born and bred country person. I’ve been doing the job I love for 15 years; working with farmers in various guises. I, like many folk these days, moved from my homeland to somewhere different. Read the full post from Milly by clicking here... Read more