[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

[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