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

Entry #13 - Rory Campbell: My Week of Work Experience with FWAG SouthWest

FWAG was honestly one of the best places I could have picked to do my work experience at. Read the full post from Rory by clicking here... Read more

Entry #12 - Rory Quinn: My Work Placement with FWAG SouthWest

Joining FWAG SW for a two-month work placement, I was keen to understand how farmers are supported in balancing the competing demands of wildlife conservation, adaptation to future climate change, a shifting policy landscape and the need to run successful businesses. Read the full post from Rory by clicking here... Read more

Entry #11 - Lawrie Sampson: How are farmland birds on the Lizard faring?

Being involved in conservation and advisory work has taken me all over the country. This has been particularly useful as a bird conservationist, because it has allowed me to gain a feel for why species might be found in one place and not other, and therefore understand what their ecological requirements are. Read the full post from Lawrie by clicking here... Read more

Entry #10 - Charlotte Marshall: Wonderings and Wanderings About Wood Pasture

Wood pasture is something that is quite new to me. I had heard of the term before, but the image that it conjures up is usually the grounds of stately homes that I have walked through on days out, not an environment that I come across on farms. Read the full post from Charlotte by clicking here... Read more

Entry #9 - Bel Whitwam: So long and thanks for all the fish…

The only part of my career that I have ever actually planned was that, after working at Natural England (and its predecessors) for 25+ years, I was going to do something totally different for the last few years of my working life. So much for my career plan…! Read the full post from Bel by clicking here... Read more

Entry #8 - Sabine McEwan: My recent obsession with Crab Spiders

One nice lunchbreak 2 weeks ago, I sat in the garden with my cup of tea enjoying the sunshine and watching a bee buzzing around the lavender. How idyllic, I thought - just as a crab spider climbed up the lavender, grabbed the bee with its long front legs and ended the bee’s life. Read the full post from Sabine by clicking here... Read more

Entry #7 - Becky Hughes: Making the Most of Meadows

A meadow is traditionally a field of grass and flowers that was mown for hay, a practice with roots as far back as the Iron Age, when people first started making tools and keeping livestock. Read the full post from Becky by clicking here... Read more

Entry #6 - Dan Geerah: The humble paper map has served humanity for centuries, but is it on the way out?

It is hoped that ELMS will not only pay landowners and farmers for the natural capital currently present, but to also fund improvements in these natural assets. This includes protecting and enhancing what is there while joining it up with other similar habitats. Read the full post from Dan by clicking here... Read more

Entry #5 - Joanna Uglow: New Pastures

During April this year I hung up my Hills to Levels hat and joined the Headwaters of the Exe project team, taking on the exciting role of Farm Environment Adviser. The project has recently rolled into its third 5-year phase and I will be working alongside Adam, Rebecca and project partners. Read the full post from Joanna by clicking here... Read more