FWAG East is run by an experienced team of Farm Environment Advisers who are passionate about supporting farmers, both in caring for the environmental assets on their land, and in helping them secure a sustainable and profitable farming future.
FWAG (Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group) was first established as a charity in the 1960s by a group of forward thinking farmers who saw that the environment was an important part of a successful farming business.
FWAG East continues to share this vision today. We know it is possible to make a profit in this industry while conserving wildlife and protecting valuable farm resources, such as soil and water.
Serving the counties of Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and Bedfordshire, FWAG East provides independent expert advice tailored to your needs and aimed at bringing financial and environmental benefits to your business.
FWAG East also delivers the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) across East Anglia. The Campaign encourages farmers and land managers to protect and enhance the environmental value of farmland, through environmental measures that sit alongside productive agriculture. To find out more about the Campaign visit: www.cfeonline.org.uk
Meet the team
Rebecca joined FWAG in 1998 having previously worked for the Somerset Wildlife Trust advising farmers. She has a National Diploma in Agriculture and a BSC(Hons) in Ecology and Ecotechnology and has worked on a range of farm enterprises including sheep, dairy, beef and arable farms. Rebecca is also representative on the national Hedgelink group to help establish practical funded solutions for farmers to maintain and rejuvenate hedgerows. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and a Chartered Environmentalist.
Pat worked for English Nature and the Environment Agency before joining Cambs & Herts FWAG in 1999, working as a Farm Conservation Adviser for 10 years. After two years working for Natural England as a Land Management Adviser she returned to work for the newly reformed FWAG in 2012. Pat has a BSC(Hons) in Ecology and Ecotechnology and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and a Chartered Environmentalist.
Elizabeth originally joined FWAG as a farmer member in the early 1990s, looking for environmental advice on her 50 acre arable and livestock farm. She has a PhD in grassland ecology and has written the standard textbook on grassland management for horses. She has worked as a Farm Conservation Adviser with Cambs and Herts FWAG since 2002, and in addition co-ordinates the Campaign for the Farmed Environment for the Eastern Region. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and a Chartered Environmentalist.
Emily began at FWAG East as a volunteer in October 2014, joining Rebecca and Elizabeth on farm visits and helping at events. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Physical Geography, Emily undertook a Volunteer Summer Placement with Cambridgeshire ACRE, where she worked on the Water Care Partnership and the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership. She is now Project Manager and oversees the running of projects that FWAG East delivers in partnership with other organisations. She also assists Elizabeth in coordinating the Campaign for the Farmed Environment, providing administrative support and help at events. Brought up in Hertfordshire, Emily has a love for the local countryside and enjoys being involved in helping to conserve it.
Andrew joined FWAG East in January 2018. Originally form the Yorkshire Dales, he worked on a local dairy farm before going to Harper Adams University to gain a BSc in Countryside and Environmental Management. During his degree, Andrew worked with the Environmental Change Network at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Lancaster for 12 months, where he gained experience in a variety of environmental monitoring and surveying skills. After graduating he spent a year working in a family forestry, fencing and fuelwood business, before then moving to work with FWAG East where he could continue to pursue his interest for enhancing wildlife and the environment within the farmed landscape.
Lucy joined FWAG East in January 2018. Previously to this, after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Biology, Lucy began a voluntary placement at the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust as an assistant reserves officer. During this time Lucy also worked for Orchard Origins, learning a great deal about orchard management and pruning techniques, which she still enjoys. Following this, Lucy spent seven months as a Trainee Ecologist with the Natural Futures project based in the Blackdown Hills AONB where she learnt a wide range of wildlife survey techniques, which were put to use whilst working for an ecological consultancy in Devon. At FWAG East, Lucy works as an Assistant Farm Environment Adviser, and enjoys the varied opportunities the job offers.