Norfolk FWAG is a not-for-profit organisation which provides conservation advice to landowners. It is led by an experienced board of directors, comprised mainly of Norfolk farmers. 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. 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.
Our members find it’s the access to and sharing of information that really makes their membership worthwhile.
Meet the team
Henry Walker MCIEEM
Farm Environment Adviser
07713 333 205
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 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.
Nathan Walker MCIEEM
Farm Environment Adviser
07385 469 552
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.
Farm Environment Adviser
07990 570 144
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.
Farm Environment Assistant
Evan graduated with a BSc in Biosciences from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2018 and went on to complete an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation at the University of East Anglia in 2020.
During his postgraduate study, he developed a strong understanding of issues surrounding
biodiversity loss, UK environmental legislation and learned about agri-environment schemes.
Before joining FWAG, he worked for an ecological consultancy in Cambridgeshire where he regularly undertook ecological surveys in a range of farmland habitats across East Anglia.
Evan has had a life-long passion for natural history, with a particular interest in ornithology and botany; he has participated in a range of volunteer surveys in the UK and further afield, including the British Trust for Ornithology’s Breeding Bird Survey and counts of migratory birds in the Strait of Gibraltar.
He is a Qualifying Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
Farm Environment Assistant
07557 200 212
Since childhood, Marta has been drawn to farming and nature. She grew up in a small town in south-west Poland and spent summer holidays on her grandparents’ smallholding being chased by geese, feeding pigs and exploring local woodlands. This upbringing gave her a solid appreciation of “where food comes from”.
Having settled in rural Norfolk in her twenties, her passion for farming led her to start a suckler herd of Dexters and produce grass-only beef, which she did for eight years whilst bringing up her three children. During that time she met many local farmers and deepened her understanding of the complexities of agriculture.
In 2015, Marta began studying Global Ecology and Wildlife Conservation at Leicester University. However, she then decided to pursue a BA (Honours) in International Studies with Environment at the Open University. A broader understanding of global environmental issues in relation to politics, economy and history, she felt, would contribute to bringing about changes on a local scale. Alongside her part-time study Marta worked on a dairy farm for five years which expanded her knowledge of milk production and processing.
Marta continues to be involved on a local estate where, as part of its diversification plan, she manages an Arabian stud and runs a holiday let. She also helps the estate’s farming contractor with his operations, particularly during harvest when she drives a combine or carts harvested grain.
Marta strongly believes that farmers can play a crucial role in mitigating many effects of climate change by altering some of their practices. Major focus should be put on soil health and biodiversity increase. She is interested in agroforestry, the integration of trees into arable and livestock systems.
In her spare time Marta enjoys riding her horse Khalid through Norfolk’s beautiful countryside, learning Russian and swimming in the North Sea.
Sally Brock is our Office Manager, working two days 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.