[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

[17.12.18] NFU Environment Report - United by Our Environment, Our Food, Our Future

The NFU Environment Report, United by Our Environment, Our Food, Our Future, was released last week.Read more

[12.12.18] Silver Pintail Farm Awards Celebration Evening

This year the much-anticipated Gloucestershire FWAG Silver Pintail Awards were kindly hosted by The Earl and Countess Bathurst at the Mansion, Cirencester Park. Over 80 farmers, FWAG members, staff and supporters gathered on the 15th November to celebrate a joint commitment to sustainable agricultural practices and wildlife protection in Gloucestershire.Read more

[06.12.18] Event Write-Up: Successful Approaches to Grazing

Despite the rain yesterday (Wednesday 5th December) we had 50 farmers over two sessions at "successful approaches to grazing".Read more

[05.12.18] 2017 Countryside Stewardship Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant claim deadline

An update from the Rural Payments Agency. If you have a 2017 Countryside Stewardship Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant (HBG) agreement, but have not yet made your final claim, the following information will be relevant to you.Read more

[29.11.18] Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum

This guidance note explains how ash trees benefit the people, wildlife and environment of Devon, and why ash trees are a major component of Devon’s 'natural capital'. Download the full Advice note here.Read more

[15.10.18] River Restoration Center Hills to Levels Site Visit

Last week I went down to Somerset for a tour of the Hills to Levels Project across the catchment. Hills to Levels was the winner of the UK River Prize 2018, and winner of the catchment-scale category.Read more

[08.10.18] Woods for Water

The North Devon Biosphere and the Blackdown Hills AONB are offering advice and competitive grants for farmers to fund woodland planting and management to protect water bodies from agricultural run-off.Read more

[19.09.18] More flexibility for farmers following this year's weather conditions

If you’re an agreement holder, find out more about temporary prescription adjustments that have been made to some CS and ES options.Read more

[12.09.18] FWAG SW working closely with the LANDWISE Project

FWAGSW are working closely with the LANDWISE Project to establish how land use and land management can contribute to reducing flood risk.Read more

[10.09.18] Great News for Woodland Creation Applicants

You can now apply for Countryside Stewardship (CS) woodland creation capital grant year-round in our new rolling window which opens for applications from Monday 10th September 2018.Read more

[06.09.18] The Headwaters of the Stour Project

FWAG SW are working with partners at DWT, CSF and the EA to improve the water environment in the River Stour catchment. Read more to see if you could get involved.Read more

[16.08.18] The Kingfisher Award Scheme Short Video: 25 Year Celebrations and East Devon Launch

This year we celebrated 25 years of the Kingfisher Awards, and what a year we had! As well as Kingfisher schemes taking place in Somerset, Cornwall and Devon, this year we launched East Devon KAS too.Read more

[08.08.18] Natural England release Hints and Tips Blog in order to help you with your Mid Tier Application

The deadline for Countryside Stewardship (CS) Mid-Tier applications is fast approaching. If you want to apply, remember Natural England must receive your form and any supporting evidence by 31 August 2018. This blog will help you.Read more

[19.07.18] Great turnout and fascinating topics discussed at Tredudwell Manor farm walk

On Wednesday 18th July 2018, over 40 farmers, journalists, neighbors, friends and family met at Tredudwell Manor for a farm walk, discussions and celebration for Tom Tolputt who was awarded the Cornwall Otter Trophy last year.Read more

[12.07.18] Farmers Invited to Bid in Somerset's First Online Auction for Flood Works

Farmers in the River Tone and River Parrett catchments within Somerset will soon be able to bid online for public money for works to help stop flooding.Read more

[05.07.18] Celebrating 25 Years of the Kingfisher Award Scheme and Launch of East Devon KAS

On Tuesday 3rd of July 2018 at Bicton Arena, Clinton Devon Estates held the 25 year celebration of the Kingfisher Award Scheme, along with the launch of East Devon KAS.Read more

[28.06.18] Cumbrian Farmer Wins Prestigious National Award for Farming and Conservation

A Cumbrian Farmer has been recognised by the farming and conservation industry for his outstanding efforts to promote good habitat and environmental management on his farm.Read more

[27.06.18] Application return deadline for Countryside Stewardship extended to 31 August

The deadline for Countryside Stewardship application packs to be received by Natural England has been extended by one monthRead more

[04.06.18] Come and see us at the Royal Cornwall Show this year on stand 318, opposite the Members' Pavilion

If you are visiting the show this year and have a question for us, our advisers will be on hand to help. We will also have some activities to get involved with, a short FWAG SW newsletter for you to pick up and a special show offer for new members!Read more

[25.05.18] Deadlines for all Mid Tier and New CS Offers for Wildlife

The deadline for requesting Countryside Stewardship application packs is close. You have until 31st May to request a pack for 2018 applications by completing and returning an application request form.Read more

[18.05.18] Dennings Down Farm Presented the Devon Bronze Otter Award for Conservation for 2017

A Farm Walk took place at Dennings Down Farm, Axminster, on the afternoon of Wednesday 16th May 2018 to present Hamish Bengough with the Devon Bronze Otter Award for the remarkable and innovative conservation work he is undertaking on his farm.Read more