Who we are

Farmers, ecologists, experts, advisers


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FWAG East is run by an experienced team of Farm Environment Advisers who are passionate about supporting farmers in caring for the environmental assets on their land and helping them secure a sustainable and profitable farming future.

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 (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. As our industry moves towards a more regenerative agriculture, we know it is possible to run profitable farm businesses while conserving wildlife, ecosystem services and valuable farm resources, such as soil, carbon and water. 

We are a respected voice in the industry and sit on DEFRA's agri-environment stakeholder group. We are often called upon by policy makers to articulate the farmers' perspective on environmental issues, helping to shape future decision making.

 

FWAG East also delivers the Championing the Farmed Environment (CFE) campaign across East Anglia. The Campaign encourages farmers and land managers to protect and enhance the environmental value of farmland, through voluntary environmental measures that sit alongside productive agriculture. To find out more about the Campaign visit: www.cfeonline.org.uk


Our passionate team of independent advisers are experts in their field. Meet and contact them below or discover more about our services and membership.

 

Our advisory team

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Elizabeth Ranelagh CEnv MCIEEM

Farm Environment Adviser

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 worked as a Farm Environment Adviser with Cambs & Herts FWAG from 2002-2011 and then with FWAG East until the present. She was the Eastern Region co-ordinator for the Campaign for the Farmed Environment 2009-2020. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and a Chartered Environmentalist.

Rebecca Inman CEnv MCIEEM

Farm Environment Adviser

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.

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Pat Neylon CEnv MCIEEM

Business Manager

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.

Lucy Jenkins

Farm Environment Adviser

Lucy joined FWAG East in January 2018. Lucy has previously worked for the Wildlife Trusts in a number of roles, learning a great deal about traditional orchard management and pruning techniques, which she still enjoys. Following this, Lucy worked as a Trainee Ecologist 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 a Farm Environment Adviser and delivers FWAG East’s ongoing pond projects in Essex and Cambridgeshire, enjoying the varied opportunities that the job offers. She has a BSc Hons in Biology is BASIS qualified.

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Andrew Smithson

Farm Environment Adviser

Andrew joined FWAG East in 2018. Originally form the Yorkshire Dales, he worked on a local dairy farm before going to Harper Adams University to gain a BSc (Hons) in Countryside & 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 techniques. After graduating he spent a year working in a family forestry, fencing and fuelwood business. Since joining FWAG East, Andrew has helped several landowners to enhance the farmed environment through Countryside Stewardship applications and catchment projects. He has also gained the BASIS Certificate in Conservation Management.

Emily Stacey

Project Manager

Emily began at FWAG East as a volunteer in 2014, while studying for her BSc (Hons) in Physical Geography. She then undertook a summer placement with Cambridgeshire ACRE, where she worked on the Water Care Partnership and the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership. She is now Project Manager at FWAG East, overseeing projects we deliver in partnership with other organisations. Emily also helps to coordinate the Championing the Farmed Environment campaign for the East. She is BASIS trained and provides on-farm advice. Brought up in Hertfordshire, Emily has a love for the local countryside and enjoys being involved in helping to conserve it.

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Jilly McNaughton

Assistant Farm Environment Adviser

Jilly worked in Public Affairs and PR in Westminster and Singapore before pursuing her passion for conservation as Communications Manager at Fauna & Flora International. Since 2012 Jilly has combined raising a family with helping FWAG East communicate, in particular in the media and online, and through the CFE campaign and Silver Lapwing Award. In 2020 she began helping FWAG East deliver Natural England's District Level Licensing scheme for great crested newts. When she isn't helping farmers create and restore habitat ponds she enjoys field walking and wildlife gardening. She has a degree in Politics, Diplomas in PR and Horticulture and the BASIS Certificate in Conservation Management.

 

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