[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

[10.05.18] Countryside Stewardship Payment Claim Deadline has been Extended to 15th June (from 15th May)

The Countryside Stewardship (CS) claim deadline is being extended by one month to 15th June 2018.Read more

[09.05.18] Jenny Phelps speaks at the World Wide Fund for Nature Farm Advice Conference

Jenny Phelps, Senior Farm Conservation Adviser, gave a talk at the World Wide Fund for Nature Farm Advice Conference yesterday, on Tuesday 8th May 2018Read more

[08.05.18] Hedgehog Awareness Week 6th to 12th May 2018

It's Hedgehog Awareness Week this week, running from the 6th to the 12th of May. That means the perfect opportunity to learn about what you can do to help protect hedgehog habitats!Read more

[01.05.18] Working together to support famers and the environment

'A charity has welcomed the formation of a new group to help farmers work together and promote business and the environment in Dorset', Dorset Echo reports.Read more

[27.04.18] FWAG SouthWest Hills to Levels Project Awarded the National 2018 UK Rivers Prize

FWAG SouthWest Announce Hills to Levels Project has won the UK Rivers Prize. Somerset Farmers are paving the way for the governments post Brexit policy on flood prevention. Read the full press release here.Read more

[24.04.18] Hills to Levels has WON the UK Rivers Prize for 2018!

We are thrilled to announce that Hills to Levels has won the UK Rivers Prize for 2018! The Hills to Levels team are thrilled to have received this wonderful recognition for all the hard work.Read more

[17.04.18] Deadlines for all Mid Tier and New CS Offers for Wildlife - Request your pack before 31st May 2018

It is crucial that you request your application pack before the deadline of 31st May 2018. The request form can be found via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/countryside-stewardship-mid-tier-including-water-quality-capital-items-manual. If you are unable to complete the form online call Natural England on 0208 026 1089.Read more

[29.03.18] A New Agricultural Revolution?

UK agricultural subsidies are being revised to encourage more responsible farming practices.Read more

[28.03.18] Hills to Levels has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 UK River Prize

We are honoured to announce that Hills to Levels has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 UK River Prize.Read more

[23.03.18] Hills to Levels celebrate winning the Duncan Huggett Award for the Environment

FWAG SW and the “Hills to Levels” team are celebrating after winning the “Duncan Huggett Award for the Environment” at the Flood & Coast Project Excellence Awards.Read more

[13.03.18] Exmoor Hedgelaying Competition 2017/2018 is open for entries!

Prizes to be won for farmers, landowners and contractors on Exmoor who carry out good quality work on hedges for the benefit of farming, wildlife and the landscape.Read more

[12.03.18] Did you catch us on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme on Sat 10th March?

FWAG SW’s Jenny Phelps and CCRI’s Chris Short, joined Sybil Ruscoe to discuss agri-environment schemes post Brexit, at Guiting Manor Farm in Gloucestershire.Read more

[06.03.18] Hedgerow Trees Advice

Standard hedgerow trees have been an important part of our landscape for many generations. In the past they were grown to provide a source of firewood as well as building material and could be pollarded in the summer to provide winter fodder for livestock. To find out more click here.Read more

[14.02.18] WILD Project Newsletter

The WILD project (Water with Integrated Local Delivery) is a partnership of primarily four organisations working together to bring about environmental improvements to the rivers and other watercourses of the Cotswold Water Park. The latest newsletter for the WILD project is out now. You can click on this page to download it and read about the project and the recent updates.Read more

[10.02.18] Replacing Ash: Appropriate Tree Selection

Devon is likely to lose the majority of ash trees due to the spread of ash dieback disease. This note provides guidance on which tree and shrub species should be encouraged, through planting or natural regeneration, to replace lost ash. To read more and download the information leaflet, click here.Read more

[02.02.18] Hills to Levels Multiple Benefits Community Newsletter

A Hills to Levels Community Newsletter has been sent out to landowners in the Upper Washford/Traphole Multi Benefits catchment. Click here for more information and a link to download the newsletter.Read more

[11.01.18] FWAG SW response to the Secretary of State for Agriculture’s Speech at the Oxford Farming Conference 2018

The proposals sketched out in Michael Gove’s “Farming for the next generation” speech at the Oxford Farming Conference last week are welcomed by FWAG SouthWest, as they have been by many other conservation groups and farming representatives.Read more

[01.01.18] GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count ID Workshops

Ahead of the fifth Big Farmland Bird Count, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is offering for farmers to take part in a farmland bird identification workshops.Read more

[28.12.17] The Soil Farmer of the Year Competition for 2018 has Opened

The competition is all about sharing best practice and innovation through championing farmers who are improving their soils, in a way that supports productive agriculture, biodiversity, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and builds soil organic matter and carbon.Read more

[17.12.17] New rules on the horizon

At the start of the December Defra announced new rules that farmers will be expected to follow from April next year, concerning management of manures and fertilisers and the protection of soil and water.Read more