The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group is ‘expected to go into administration in the coming days’.
Henry Lucas the FWAG Chair of Trustees has written to a range of organisations giving them the bad news.
FWAG is a little over 40 years old and has been a respected part of the wildlife and farming scene since it was set up. Now with 88 regional advisors, for many years it has been an important part of the delivery of agri-environment schemes.
FWAG has had financial difficulties before and was bankrolled by the RSPB many years back but the impacts of the comprehensive spending review and the need to compete for limited funding have been the straws that broke this camel’s back.
FWAG will be missed, but at a time when agri-environemnt funding is essential to some farmers’ businesses and when Pillar 1 of the CAP is expected to be ‘greened’ it seems likely that something will manage to fill some of the gap left by this county-based, farmer-friendly organisation. It has already been suggested to me that a Wildlife Trust/RSPB partnership should step in. Watch this space!