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

Hills to Levels

Hills to Levels is a holistic catchment management approach, which began across catchments in Somerset, aiming to ‘slow the flow’ to reduce flood risk, reduce erosion, improve water quality, deliver wider environmental benefits and increase resilience on the floodplain.


Author: Ellen James

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.



Our work

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.



A Community Guide to Your Water Environment

Water is something we tend to take for granted. This Guide, which has been produced with support from Defra and the Catchment Based Approach, aims to help you understand the importance of the water in your local environment.


Author: Ellen James

Upper Thames Catchment Partnership

Since 2012, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West (FWAG SW) and the Countryside and Communities Research Institute (CCRI) has hosted a collaboration of organisations within the Upper Thames, striving to improve the water environment and provide wider benefits for people and nature at a catchment scale.


Author: Ellen James


Countryside Stewardship agreements were submitted, on behalf of farmers, in 2018


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

Plus £3m

for capital investments

Support us

Could you make a donation to FWAG SouthWest?

We support fellow farmers to value the environment assets on their land and use them for a sustainable and profitable future. Can you make a donation to today to help us continue?



Target amount: £2,147,483,647.00

Amount raised: £0.00

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.



Are you interested to volunteer with us?

Could you volunteer with a FWAG SW project near you?




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    Ash dieback is a highly infectious fungal disease originating from East Asia, which is threatening to wipe out our native Ash trees. There is no known cure and no clear method for stopping its spread. Currently there is a total ban on the movement of both ash seed and trees for planting. Read more

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    Agri-tech Cornwall would also like to know your opinions and experiences of multi-species swards, and temporary leys in general, in our new survey. The survey takes up to 15 minutes to complete and you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a £50 gift voucher. Read more

  • [10.09.19] Study farms required for project looking at the management of docks in grassland

    North Wyke are currently looking for farmers in the local area to join a European funded project which aims to develop integrated weed management tools for the management of herbaceous weeds in perennial crops. Read more


  • Plymouth Red House Theatre - Doug Allan: Wild Images, Wild Life

    Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan for an evening of behind the scenes stories for all the family, with highlights from the most challenging assignments of his 35 years filming wildlife in the remotest places on Earth. Read more

  • Quantock Hills Facilitation Fund Event: Tree shear demo, Durborough Farm

    The next meeting under the Quantock Farmer’s Group will be a tree shear demo at Durborough Farm by kind permission of Rob White. Please note that you need to be a member of the Quantock Hills Facilitation Fund in order to come to this event. Read more

  • An Introduction To Hedge Laying - 28th September 2019

    An Introduction To Hedge Laying, a 1 day course run by qualified trainers. Saturday 28th September 2019, 9.30am Read more