James joined the FWAG SW Gloucestershire team in September 2023, helping with mapping and general support for Gloucestershire advisers, and looks forward to learning more about the agri-environmental policy landscape and how best to help farmers transition to new ways of farming. He joins FWAG straight from his Undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology at the University of Nottingham, where he underwent a hedgerow management plan for the University farm as part of his dissertation. Alongside this, he has worked as an Ecologist throughout his degree, as well as having a lifelong appreciation of farming, with a particular love of native breed cattle and sheep, having worked on friends’ farms and owned his own flock of store lambs in the past. He loves getting involved in various aspects of the countryside, looking to take up hedge laying while working for FWAG, and is also a keen gardener, and reader, especially of anything involving history and geography.