Suffolk FWAG are a team of dedicated and experienced advisors who specialise in environmental integration within farmed landscape. Providing expert, independent and meaningful advice to the farming and the land management sector.
Estate Manager, Broxtead Estate, Sutton. Lead Facilitator for the Sandlings Landscape Scale Farming Network
Chief Executive Officer
As an Environmental Conservationist and Business Developer, with over 20 years combined experience, I am keen to promote a ‘New Approach’ – one that embeds the ‘Value’ of natural capital at its heart, mitigates risk and delivers profitable and healthy production. Supporting farming towards more sustainable futures is much about knowledge sharing and building social and environmental resilience to adapt and shape change.
My role as CEO is to ensure farmers have access to exemplary advice and guidance, especially during periods of uncertainty and rapid change and Suffolk FWAG have strong foundations and a legacy of trusted advice within the farming sector. Knowledge is essential for informed decision making – enabling a more adaptive approach to farming. I believe any new environmental land management scheme can readily sit within highly productive, innovative and competitive farmed environments – it is a question of ‘optimising’ resource not ‘maximising’. There is an immense opportunity to change the way we manage land to create a ‘win-win’ scenario. Farms need to be operating as productive resilient food producers where the output is long term ‘quality’, not short-term volume that depletes natural capital. As such we have been busy expanding our ‘Advisory Portfolio’ to ensure farming in this region has a sustainable and exciting futures.
Specialist Areas: Complex Systems, Natural Capital, Ecosystem Services, Woodland & Forestry, Business Strategy and Development, Project Management, Leadership, Facilitation & Collaboration, Innovation and Best Practice.
Anna Beames Mobile: 07740 901590
Chartered Environmentalist, Member of the Institute of Agricultural Engineers, BASIS.
Senior Advisor with over 40 years combined experience of Environmental Conservation and Specialist Seed & Grain Industry working within the agricultural sector. Tim, has spear-headed pioneering best practice protocols across Suffolk and the UK for: Outdoor Pig (Pigwise), Poultry and Muck.
Extensive Experience of successful Environmental Steward Scheme agreements, covering mixed, intensive arable, dairy and grassland farming, ensuring farm schemes remain compliant and inspection-proof.
Tim is a highly experienced and accomplished Environmental Farm Advisor and manages a diverse and extensive range of estates, farms and small holdings across the region. He has wide experience of utilising resource protection techniques to reduce target pollutants, including low input cropping and catch cropping to sequester nutrients. Delivering projects at landscape scale including: Catchment Sensitive Farming across Norfolk, Somerset and Devon and the Suffolk coast to identify potential Faecal indicator organism sources affecting the shellfish industry. Nutrient reduction visits for EA Anglian region for Groundwater Safeguard Zones, modifying AE schemes to increase efficacy of options. Intensification of some water reliant arable rotations in East Anglia have required an innovative approach to maintaining pollinator populations through the sowing of an annual pollinator mixture which rotates around the holding with a specific crop.
Specialist Areas: Arable Industry and Cropping, Environmental Risk Protection & Assessment, Crop Inspection and Seed Licencing, Resource Protection, Birds and Arable Plants, Soil Health and Management. Farm Assurance Schemes and Audits.
Tim Schofield Mobile: 07713 333210
Diane Ling has worked for FWAG for 17 years. She previously worked as a gamekeeper while studying with the Open University for a BSc in Biological Science and then with UEA for a MSc in Conservation Management.
Diane holds CL 15 Class Licence Bat Roost Visitor Level One and CL18 Class Licence Bat Survey Level Two, bat licenses; a White-Clawed Crayfish license and a Great Crested Newt License.
Work undertaken as a Farm Conservation Advisor
Provide general conservation advice to farmers.
Provide specialist risk assessment reports to outdoor pig units in Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire.
Participate in projects with partner organisations: Biodiversity Partnership, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group, Suffolk Crayfish group, Internal Drainage Board.
Complete applications for Countryside Stewardship, ELS and HLS agri-environment schemes, Mid and Higher Tier and the new Simplified offers.
Develop a Care and Maintenance package to manage all agri-environment schemes on a daily basis for several holdings.
Manage Capital Works programmes for several CS and Environmental schemes.
Carry out European Protected Species surveys and mitigation reports for planning requirements.
Survey for and complete Forestry Commission Woodland Management Plans.
Registered to handle BPS online.
Experienced in carrying out Cross Compliance and CS spot checks to ensure compliance.
Run three facilitation groups, covering 22,000 hectares and 60 land managers.
Able to carry out Phase One, Phase Two and Scoping surveys in all habitats.
Advise on management for designated sites and protected species.
Complete LEAF Marque and all annual Audits.
Compose Whole farm management plans tailored to the needs of each individual farm.
Nutrient and Manure management plans/NVZ record keeping and advice
Soil management plans
Dog training in several different disciplines.
Train and supply animals for the film industry and handle animals on set. Compete at a national level in Working Trials, the civilian equivalent of Police dog work.
Specialist Areas: Fully licenced Bat, Owl, Water Vole and endangered species surveys, Environmental Planning Applications, Farm Assurance and Audits. Facilitator for large landscape scale farm cluster within ‘The Sandlings’. Directing and Managing pilot plans for ELMS.
Diane Ling Mobile: 07973 784861
MSc, Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Conservation Management, Chartered Environmentalist, Member of the Institute of Agricultural Engineers.
Senior adviser working for FWAG for over 20 years. Lives on the Essex/Suffolk border on the family farm which she helps run along side a livery business. Dora has extensive experience of successful Environmental Steward Scheme agreements and compliance issues … has been involved with all aspects of woodland management, Woodland Management Plans and applying and managing grants, has undertaken many Farm Assurance and Audits, (incl LEAF), Advised in aspects of farm diversification, resource protection, Basic Payment Scheme Undertaken health checks, whole Farm Plans, mapping.
Worked with a wide range of partners/projects.
Dora Nichols Mobile: 07713 333191
Qualified BSC, GWCT BASIS, Agricultural BSc.
Newest member of the team. Currently, Project Managing several regional initiatives surrounding water and soil within the farmed landscape and working with local farms, providing advice and guidance around Countryside Stewardship. Enjoys researching and keeping abreast of agricultural and environmental policy reform, exploring grants and opportunity to support the move towards Natural Capital protection and resource efficiency.
Bethany was brought up and actively manages the family farm in Hertfordshire. Her dedicated interest in Environmental farming led her to New Zealand where she spent a year working in the dairy industry and a high-altitude sheep station in the outback – exploring water resource and sustainable farming practices.
She is an enthusiastic and passionate member of the team with a keen interest new and pioneering approaches.
Bethany Eaton Mobile: 07712 294298