[16.09.19] Saving seeds for the future – how farmers in Cornwall are helping scarce species

Two advisers (Becky Hughes and Lawrie Sampson) from FWAG South West in Cornwall recently spent a drizzly but fascinating day on the north Cornwall coast, helping staff from Plantlife and Kew collect thousands of seeds from a rare arable plant, to become part of the vast genetic resource at the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB). Read more

[11.09.19] Ash Dieback Farmer Information Sheet

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

[10.09.19] What are YOUR experiences of herbal leys?

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

[28.08.19] Bronze Otter Award for Farming Conservation Presented to Chubbs Farm, Devon

Earlier this month a group of like-minded, local farmers, friends and colleagues turned out to Chubbs Farm, near Axminster to celebrate Phil Short winning the Devon Bronze Otter award in 2018 for the remarkable and innovative conservation work he is undertaking on his farm. Read more

[20.08.19] Wood for Water Project

The North Devon Biosphere and the Blackdown Hills AONB are offering advice and grants in North Devon, East Devon and North Cornwall. Read more

[04.07.19] Somerset: On the Frontline of Climate Change

Press Release - How nature can help our communities, businesses and farmers adapt to the changing climate. Read more

[19.06.19] DEFRA Announce Thousands of Farmers in Stewardship Agreements to be paid in July

Today (19th June 2019) DEFRA have released a statement promising that payments will be made, in full, to farmers in agri-environment schemes who are still awaiting their payments. Read more

[19.06.19] The Silver Lapwing Award 2019 Results Announced

A Norfolk Farmer has been recognised by the farming and conservation industry for his outstanding efforts to promote good habitat and environmental management on his farm. Charles Inglis was awarded the highly-coveted Silver Lapwing Award, which is now in its 42nd year. Read more

[05.06.19] National Conservation Award to be Presented to Farmer and FWAG Celebrates 50 Years

This month, on the 17th June 2019, the 42nd National Silver Lapwing Award ceremony will take place and the winner of this prestigious award for 2019 will be announced. Read more

[03.05.19] Exmoor National Park News: Hedge-Laying Skills put to the test

A competition to award the region’s most skilled hedge-layers has been launched by Exmoor National Park Authority, following generous sponsorship from the Exmoor Trust for another year. Read more

[03.04.19] AHDB: Could you be the next Strategic Farmer?

We’re looking for five new farms to take part in our Strategic Farm Programme, which has been set up to demonstrate the benefits of implementing best practice on farms and improve the financial performance of businesses. Read more

[07.03.19] Clean Air Strategy Summary

In January the government released the Clean Air Strategy, which outlines the targets, measures and legislation that the government will use to reduce air pollution over the coming years. Read more

[13.02.19] Farmers Urged to Bid Online for Flood Work

Farmers across Somerset are being invited to bid in the UK’s first countywide auction for works to help stop flooding. Read more

[06.02.19] Carrant Catchment Area Restoration Project CCARP

This month we have been lucky enough to have extra help from one of our project partners DHL who came along to Overbury on the 23rd January. Read more

[06.02.19] Wiltshire farmer announced as overall winner of the 2018 Barn Owl Trophy

Wiltshire Farmers Richard and David Butler, of East Wick Farm, were presented with the Barn Owl Award for 2018. They beat four finalists to win the coveted Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West’s regional competition, which celebrates those farmers that go the extra mile to produce food sustainably and carefully manage and conserve farmland wildlife. Read more

[05.02.19] FWAG South West are supporting Time to Talk Day - 7th February

At FWAG South West we are supporting the “Time To Change” movement that seeks to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. That’s why on February 7th, we’re taking part in Time to Talk Day – because we should all be able to talk about mental health anywhere, including at work. Read more

[05.02.19] The Big Farmland Bird Count starts this Friday 8th - are you ready to take part?

FWAG South West encourage farmers across the country to take part in the Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) this year. The count starts this Friday 8th February Read more

[01.02.19] FWAG SouthWest County Conservation Competitions for 2019 are now OPEN FOR ENTRIES!

Each year FWAG SouthWest run county competitions to recognise and highlight the fantastic wildlife conservation and environmental work being carried out by farmers across the south west. Read more

[31.01.19] The Big Farmland Bird Count is just around the corner – will Cornish farmers be joining in with the count?

At the end of January, the Helford Farmers Group hosted a farmland bird training day, with support from FWAG South West, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and the NFU. Read more

[23.12.18] Woodland Pest and Diseases

Ash trees are our second most common tree in the UK and most common hedgerow tree throughout the country, making them an integral component of the south west landscape across each county. However, these trees are now facing a grave threat. Read more

[19.12.18] Restrictions on the use of metaldehyde to protect wildlife

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced today a restriction on metaldehyde use, to be implemented over the next 18 month with a ban on outdoor use by spring 2020. Read more

[19.12.18] FWAG SouthWest Competition Winners and Updates 2018

As you are likely aware, at FWAG SW we are keen to highlight the fantastic environmental conservation that farmers across the region achieve every year on their farms. As a way of celebrating this and seeking out these farms, we hold county competitions. Read more