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About us

Norfolk FWAG is a not-for-profit organisation which provides conservation advice to landowners. It is led by a voluntary steering group of farmers and statutory organisations, including Natural England, Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, The Norfolk Historic Environment Service and the RSPB. Membership benefits include a quarterly newsletter, bulletin updates on issues such as Greening, and an invitation to 2 farm walks with unprecedented access to farmers and conservationists for advice and support.

The FWAG Association

A number of County FWAG groups operate across the country, and on 6 December 2012, The National FWAG Association was launched. The organisation consists of local groups representing 15 counties across England, and Norfolk FWAG is one of the founding members of the Association. We are fortunate that Joe Martin, one of the directors of Norfolk FWAG is also chair of the FWAG Association. All of these groups are either not-for-profit or charitable companies and our shared primary objective is to deliver expert independent advice and guidance to farmers and land managers to help them integrate best practice environmental management into their commercial farm businesses.

At a national level The FWAG Association will represent farmers’ views on environmental issues, and it will help promote public understanding of environmental improvements delivered by the farming community.

Membership

Our members find it’s the access to and sharing of information that really makes their membership worthwhile.

Meet the team

Neil Punchard

Neil Punchard

Managing Director

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After growing up in rural Norfolk, and being found mostly in the countryside or on a cricket pitch, Neil graduated from UEA with an Ecology degree and obtained a Masters from Kings College London. He moved to the Westcountry for a decade to work in water and land management before returning to establish a sustainable holiday let business and bring up his young family on the coast.

Neil worked for several years for the Broads Authority spearheading the Broadland Catchment Partnership and working closely with farmers and conservation bodies to encourage collaboration before joining FWAG in July 2021. Neil is a member of Stalham Farmers Club, has a passion for rural development, and a keen interest in behaviour change and team building.

He is a strong believer that modern farmers and quality advisers can provide sustainable solutions to reversing the alarming declines in British wildlife whilst producing healthy nutritious food. He is an advocate of the key role that farmland can play in tackling the global climate crisis, the national health and wellbeing crisis, and mitigating the impacts of flooding and drought. He seeks to ensure that those who provide these services are adequately rewarded and recognised.

Henry Walker MIEEM

Henry Walker MIEEM

Farm Conservation Adviser

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Graduating with an honours degree in Ecology from UEA in 2000, Henry focused his studies on the farmed landscape and sustainable agriculture. He worked on arable farms in Norfolk and a mixed farm on Islay, before returning to Norfolk as Assistant Warden for the National Trust on Blakeney Point.

Henry went on to work as a contractor on SSSI’s and CWSs across Norfolk, doing habitat management, before taking a summer post as Field Ornithologist for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). With the BTO Henry studied the use of new arable stewardship options by farmland birds, prior to their rolling out through the Environmental Stewardship Scheme.

Henry worked for the Rural Development Service of Defra, assessing the permissive access element of the Countryside Stewardship scheme in 2003, before joining the the RSPB’s wetland creation project at Lakenheath Fen. Henry worked monitoring birds and mammals, and worked to establish reedbeds on former arable land.

Since joining FWAG in 2004, Henry has advised on over 400 farms in Norfolk, and has developed an in-depth knowledge of the county and agri-environment schemes. The bulk of his work has been involved with stewardship scheme applications and implementing change on the ground. He has worked on sustainability plans with pea growers, and conservation plans for LEAF producers and blackcurrant growers.

Henry has worked on many projects including; the Norfolk Ponds Project, Catchment Sensitive Farming pilot on the Wensum, arable stewardship for farmland birds in NW Norfolk and Wash Rivers Crayfish surveys. In 2010 Henry co-authored the report on the Important Arable Plant Areas in Norfolk.

A full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Henry has a BASIS Certificate in Conservation Management, and has completed a Foundation in Agronomy, BASIS soil and water and FACTS.

Charlie Ennals

Charlie Ennals

Farm Conservation Adviser

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Since completing a BSc in Environmental Science at the University of Brighton in 2013, Charlie has been working in conservation. Her interest in agriculture and conservation developed at University, whilst looking into farmer attitudes towards agri-environment schemes as a focus for her third year dissertation.

Since leaving university, Charlie began her career as a Land Management Adviser for Natural England. In this position she worked mostly on HLS applications and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Following this she took up the role of Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer for the Bure, Ant and Muckfleet catchment and more recently she worked as a Project Assistant for a small environmental consultancy.

Nathan Walker MIEEM

Nathan Walker MIEEM

Farm Conservation Adviser

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Nathan graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Countryside and Sustainable Land Management from the University of Wolverhampton in 2007. He joined FWAG in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire in a joint office administrator and assistant farm conservation adviser role.  In this time he undertook work doing farm surveys and advising farmers in joining the Environmental Stewardship schemes.

In 2011, Nathan joined Natural England in Hampshire, where he spent time doing surveys and assessing applications for the Environmental Stewardship schemes.  This work continued into Norfolk, when in 2012 he joined the Norfolk Land Management team and in 2014 he joined the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire team as Lead Adviser working with HLS applications and SSSI sites.

In 2015 he took a role within the Countryside Stewardship development team producing the guidance and products required for applications. When the scheme was taken over by the Rural Payments Agency he continued working on further improvements to the scheme before joining Norfolk FWAG in May 2021.

Nathan is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).  He has two young children, who keep him very busy.  He also has a particular interest in canal boating, and the history of canals and inland waterways in England.  

Sally Brock

Sally Brock

Finance Business Administrator

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Sally Brock is the Finance & Administrator, working one day per week, and joined Norfolk FWAG in April 2018. She also works as a farm administrator so brings both a wealth of experience and a good understanding of farming.

Sasha Ellis

Sasha Ellis

Assistant Farm Advisor

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Sasha graduated from Swansea University with a BSc in Geography in 2018. During her studies she completed a dissertation on the sediment erosion from gullies dug for upland conifer afforestation in the Cambrian Mountains, Mid-Wales. She also completed a work placement with an agri-environment consultant evaluating the environmental impacts of Countryside Stewardship. Since leaving University Sasha continued to work with an independent agri-environment consultant assisting with Countryside Stewardship schemes before joining Norfolk FWAG in February 2020.

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