[06.05.22] RPA Press release: Payments brought forward to help farmers with cashflow

Today (Friday 6th May) the RPA have announced a change to the pattern of BPS payments to include an advance payment of up to 50% of the total value in July. The Secretary of State will be writing to all BPS applicants via email today. Read the RPA press release here... Read more

[20.04.22] Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations

The EIA regulations protect rural land in England that’s uncultivated or semi-natural from changes in agricultural activities that might cause damage. Click here to read more.. Read more

[13.04.22] Forestry Commission Event Recount

recount of our English Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) morning at Bangrove Farm, funded by the Carrant Catchment Area Restoration Project. Click here to read more... Read more

[23.03.22] Dorset Tree Guard recycling scheme pilot - update

Last weekend, FWAG’s pilot Tree Guard Recycling Scheme was launched in Dorset. Those who registered donated over 400 tree guards, which were processed on the day by our team and the Preventing Plastic Pollution team from Queen Mary University of London. Click here to read more... Read more

[23.02.22] Silverlake Conservation and Community Fund

FWAG SW (Dorset) is coordinating applications for capital grants, supporting work to enhance biodiversity and increase habitat connectivity, paid for by the Silverlake Conservation and Community Fund. Click here for full details... Read more

[22.02.22] Press Release: 14 Ways for Somerset Farmers to Win Grants

Somerset farmers are being invited to bid in a revamped auction for works to reduce flooding, boost agriculture, and improve the environment. The event is being organised by the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SouthWest (FWAG SW) for Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) and Bristol Water. The funding available is £60,000, with £40,000 coming from the SRA, and £20,000 from Bristol Water. Click here for full details... Read more

[16.02.22] Bid for attractive deals on cover crops, arable reversion and watercourse fencing

EnTrade, a Wessex Water company, is seeking to pay farmers to temporarily revert their arable and maize fields to grassland, to establish over-winter cover crops or install livestock exclusion fencing along watercourses... Read more

[01.02.22] Support for Tree Planting

We are excited to announce that we have secured a site for planting the 100 trees, kindly donated by Soroptimist International Cirencester and District. A team of 30 volunteers coming out from NERC near Swindon to help plant. A statement from Soroptimist on this page... Read more

[19.01.22] Oxford Real Farming Conference Presentation: Farming, Community Advice and Support for our Climate and Nature Recovery

This partnership session, held at the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2022, was hosted by FWAG SW and the Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN). Click here fto watch the presentation... Read more

[06.01.2022] Defra Publish Updates to CS and ELM Schemes

Following the Secretary of State’s presentation at the Oxford Farming Conference this morning Defra, have published a series of documents relating to Countryside Stewardship and the environmental land management schemes. Click here for more information... Read more

[02.12.21] Defra publish details on SFI 2022

Following Defra Minister George Eustice’s speech today (2nd December) at the CLA conference, Defra have published details of the roll out of the Sustainable Farming Incentive 2022. In this members update we provide an overview of the key points and assessment of the scheme. Click here for full details... Read more

[30.11.21] Free confidential disposal of unwanted pesticides in the FIREPOOL CATCHMENT

The Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group Southwest (FWAG SW) with Wessex Water and Catchment Sensitive Farming are offering farms in the Upper Tone ‘Firepool Lock’ catchment the opportunity to dispose of unwanted pesticides and sheep dip with the aim to reduce the risk these chemicals pose to water quality and the environment. Click here for full details... Read more

[18.11.21] Defra announces the launch of the Farming Investment Fund

This week Defra announced the launch of the Farming Investment Fund which includes the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund which is similar to the previous Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme. There have been a number of changes to the grant from the previous round with the minimum grant reduced from £3K to £2K. It also includes Forestry items. More details here... Read more

[5.10.21] Somerset Catchment Market

What is the Somerset Catchment Market? The Market is a new way for you to get the best prices for carrying out nature-based projects that reduce Phosphorus losses. Click here for full details... Read more

[01.09.21] Farming Rules for Water – EA Regulatory Position Statement

The Farming Rules for Water (FRfW) were introduced in April 2018 to help protect water by standardising good farming practice. Many of the 8 rules duplicate NVZ and Cross Compliance regulations. Rule 1 is causing concern, particularly for those who use organic manures. Click here for full information... Read more

[10.08.21] The Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report

The Somerset Rivers Authority have released their annual report, outlining the work that has taken place in the last 12 months. FWAG SouthWest have worked alongside the Somerset Rivers Authority to deliver the Natural Flood Management Auction that took place earlier this year, as well as on projects such as Trees for Water; you will find these outlined with the report. Click here for full details... Read more

[14.07.21] Press Release: Environment Agency grant kickstarts Soil Carbon Code Creation

The Soil Farm Carbon Code pilot is supported by a consortium of organisations that have created the background potential for the Code, offering extensive expertise. This project will be a catalyst for further grant and academic funding well beyond the completion of the the project activities. The code will provide a framework to evidence the economic value of scientific research into soil carbon sequestration. Click here to read the full press release, outlining the Code in more detail... Read more

[16.02.21] Grants up for Grabs for Somerset Farmers

Farmers will be able to bid for funding for up to 12 environmental measures on their farm, in Somerset’s biggest online auction to date. The auction will run from 1 – 15 March 2021. Click here to read the full press release... Read more

[18.12.20] Somerset Catchment Market

EnTrade is operating a Catchment Market in parts of the River Tone and Parrett catchments (including the Yeo), to improve water quality and biodiversity. Click here for full details... Read more

[13.08.20] Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Review 19/20

The Somerset Rivers Authority's (SRA) Annual Report for 2019-20 has just been published. It showcases some of the SRA’s many achievements over the past 12 months and is a good, interesting read. Click here to read more, and download the report. Read more

[1.06.20] RPA Press Release: Bridging Payments For Stewarship Agreements Complete

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed that more than 3,800 bridging payments worth around £43 million have been made to farmers and land managers, in May 2020. Click here to read the full release... Read more

[18.05.20] John Martin, Past Chairman of Devon FWAG and KAS Founder, Sadly Passed Away on 29th April 2020

John Martin, ex Chairman of Devon FWAG in the early 1990's and one of the founders of the Kingfisher Awards Scheme, sadly passed away on 29th April, after a short illness. John farmed between Witheridge and Tiverton in Devon. Read more