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Government / Agencies

  • Animal Health - Works to ensure that Britain’s farmed animals are healthy, disease-free and well looked after www.defra.gov.uk/animalhealth
    Corporate headquarters: C3 Government Buildings, Whittington Road, Worcester WR5 2LQ

  • AONB - North Wessex Down Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
    Denford Manor, Lower Denford, Hungerford, Berks RG17 0UN
    Tel: 01488 685440 Fax: 01488 680453
    Email: info@northwessexdowns.org.uk
    website www.northwessexdowns.org.uk

  • ABM - Beef and Lamb Assurance
    Farm assurance scheme with Record Templates and links to required publications and useful sites.
    www.abm.org.uk
    Tel: 01908 844315

  • British Grassland Society - Acts as a communication channel, through events and publications, for the profitable and sustainable use of grass and forage
    www.britishgrassland.com
    Unit 32c, Stoneleigh Deer Park, Near Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LY
    Tel. 02476 696 600

  • British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV)Promotes volunteer-based practical countryside conservation work in England and Wales
    www.btcv.org.uk
    Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB
    Tel. 01302 388 883

  • CLA - Country Land and Business Association - Represents and supports owners of land and businesses in rural areas
    Find your regional office on their website: www.cla.org.uk

  • Countryside Council for Wales (CCW)
    Promotes the conservation of wildlife, natural areas, landscapes and countryside access in Wales
    Head Office: Maes-y-Ffynnon, Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DW,
    Tel. 0845 1306 229

  • DairyCo
    Promotes the dairy industry
    Tel. 0247 669 2051
    www.dairyco.org.uk

  • DEFRA - Helpline Tel: 08459 335577
    Free animal health and welfare leaflets Tel: 08459 556000

  • EBLEX - Better Returns Programme promoting beef and lamb industries.. Email briefings, free factsheets, CD-ROMS and DVDs, updates and action for profit notes.
    Tel: 0870 242 1394
    website www.eblex.org.uk

  • Environment Agency (EA) - Protects and improves the environment including water-courses and catchment areas
    www.environment-agency.gov.uk
    Head Office: Rio House,  Waterside Drive,  Aztec West,  Almondsbury,  Bristol BS32 4UD
    Tel. 08708 506 506
    Ring for regional Offices on 08708 506 506

  • Environment Agency Wales - Protects and improves the environment including water-courses and catchment areas in Wales
    Head Office: Cambria House, 29 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0TP

  • Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC)
    Independent advisory body that reviews the welfare of farm animals on agricultural land and advises government on legislation and regulation
    www.fawc.org.uk
    FAWC Secretariat, Area 5A, 9 Millbank, c/o Nobel House, 17 Smith SW1P 3JR
    Tel. 020 7238 extension 5016 or 5124

  • Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
    Supports, represents and promotes community-managed farms and gardens across the UK
    www.farmgarden.org.uk
    The Greenhouse, Hereford Street, Bristol BS3 4NA
    Tel. 0117 923 1800

  • FWAG - Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group. English Head Office
    National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2RX
    Tel: 02476 696 699 Fax: 02476 696 760
    e-mail: info@fwag.org.uk

  • Game & Wildlife Conservancy Trust
    Researches and develops game and wildlife management techniques, and provides training and advice to farmers, gamekeepers and land managers
    www.gct.org.uk
    Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 1EF
    Tel. 01425 652 381

  • GAP - Grazing Advice Partnership- Eleanor Newson, GAP Office, Room 202, Carlton Business Centre, Maundrell Road, Porte Marsh Ind Estate, Calne, SN11 9PU
    Tel: 01249 470029
    Email: enquiries
    Website : grazingadvicepartnership.org.uk

  • The Grasslands Trust
    Works to protect Britain’s wildflower-rich grasslands
    www.grasslands-trust.org
    Wessex House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO31 7GT
    Tel. 02380 650 093

  • Kent and East Sussex ( High Weald ) Grazing Project. Runs within RAMSAK
    Contact Chris Smith 01622 815356 or Mobile 07767 793124
    Email enquiries@ramsak.co.uk
    Weblink: ramsak

  • Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)
    Helps farmers to improve their environment and their business performance
    www.leafmarque.com
    National agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, near Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LG
    Tel. 0247 6413 911

  • National Association of AONBs
    Independent organisation representing Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
    www.aonb.org.uk
    Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH
    Tel. 01451 862 007 (Communications & Development)

  • National Beef Association
    Represents UK cattle producers and finishers and aims to lead the British beef industry
    Mart Centre, Tyne Green, Northumberland NE46 3SG
    Tel. 01434 601 005

  • National (Dairy) Cattle Association
    Represents the UK’s dairy breed societies
    Brick House, Risbury, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0NQ

  • Natural England - This has replaced English Nature, Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service.
    Website: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/
    Head Office: Natural England, 1 East Parade, Sheffield  S1 2ET
    Tel. 0845 600 3078
    Check the Natural England website for regional offices.

  • NFU - National Farmers Union
    representing farmers and growers in England and Wales
    Call our friendly call centre on 0870 845 8458
    Headquarters: Agriculture House, Stoneleigh Park, Near Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2TZ
    website www.nfuonline.com

  • NSA - National Sheep Association. The Sheep Centre, Malvern, Worcs. WR13 6PH
    Tel: 01684 892661
    www.nationalsheep.org.uk
    Email: enquiries@nationalsheep.org.uk

  • The National Trust - Protects special places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, for ever, for everyone.
    www.nationaltrust.org.uk
    Central office: Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon SN2 2NA
    01793 817 400

  • The National Trust for Scotland - Protects and promotes Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations to enjoy
    www.nts.org.uk
    Wemyss House, 28 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4ET
    Tel. 0131 243 9300

  • The Open Spaces Society - Works to protect common land and public rights of way in England and Wales, and the public’s right to enjoy them
    www.oss.org.uk
    25A Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 2BA
    Tel. 01491 573 535

  • Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards - Liz Challinor
    County Hall, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1ND
    Tel: 01865 816305
    Email: liz.challinor@oxfordshire.gov.uk

  • Pori Natur a Threftadaeth  (PONT)
    PONT, the Welsh arm of the Grazing Advice Partnership, encourages and facilitates appropriate and sustainable grazing for the benefit of wildlife, landscape and the cultural heritage of Wales
    www.grazingadvicepartnership.org.uk/pont
    PO Box 52, Llangadog, Camarthenshire SA19 9WZ
    Tel. 01550 740 333

  • Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST)
    Works to conserve Britain’s native livestock heritage
    www.rbst.org.uk
    Stoneleigh Park, Near Kenilworth, Staffordshire CV8 2LG
    Tel. 02476 696 551

  • Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE)
    Supports farming and the rural industries by disseminating information on research, development and good practice in agriculture
    www.rase.org.uk
    Stoneleigh Park, Near Kenilworth, Staffordshire CV8 2LZ
    Tel. 02476 696 969

  • Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland
    Promotes the development of Scotland’s agriculture and a wider understanding of the management of the land and rural resources
    www.rhass.org.uk
    Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH28 8NF
    Tel. 0131 335 6200

  • Royal Ulster Agricultural Society
    Promotes agriculture in Northern Ireland by holding agricultural shows and by giving agricultural instruction
    www.balmoralshow.co.uk
    Lisburn Road, Kings Hall, Belfast BT9 6GW
    Tel. 028 9066 5225

  • Royal Welsh Agricultural Society
    Promotes the development of agriculture and a vibrant rural economy in Wales
    www.rwas.co.uk
    Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3SY
    Tel. 01982 553 683

  • Rural Payments Agency (RPA)
    Payment agency for all agri-environment schemes in England and other schemes in UK
    www.rpa.gov.uk
    Customer Service Centre, RPA, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court,  Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE4 7YH
    Tel: 0845 603 7777

  • Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
    Promotes the conservation of wildlife, natural areas, landscapes and countryside access in Scotland.
    www.snh.org.uk
    Head Office
    Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness IV3 8NW
    Tel. 01463 725 067

  • The Sheep Trust
    Applies science and provides authoritative information to protect and conserve the genetic resources of heritage sheep breeds
    www.thesheeptrust.org
    The Sheep Trust, Biology – Area 8, University of York, PO Box 373, York YO10 5YW

  • Tenant Farmers’ Association
    Represents the interests and welfare of tenant farmers in England and Wales, lobbies government and provides advice to members
    www.tfa.org.uk
    5 Brewery Court, Theale, Reading, Berkshire RG7 5AJ
    Tel. 01189 306 130

  • Tenant Farmers’ Association of Scotland
    Represents the interests and welfare of tenant farmers in Scotland, lobbies government and provides advice to members
    www.tfascotland.org.uk
    Culmaily Farm, Golspie, Sutherland KW10 6TA
    Tel. 01408 633 275

  • The Wildlife Trusts’ Partnership
    Network of 47 independent local and regional wildlife trusts that work for an environment rich in wildlife and seek to rebuild biodiversity and engage people with their environment
    UK office: The Kiln, Waterside, Mather Road, Nottinghamshire NG24 1WT
    www.wildlifetrusts.org
    Tel. 01636 677 711
    Wales office: Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff CF10 5FH
    www.wildlifetrustswales.org
    Tel. 029 2048 0070
    Scottish Wildlife Trust: Cramond House, 3 Kirk Cramond, Edinburgh EH4 6HZ
    www.swt.org.uk
    Tel. 0131 312 7765Ulster Wildlife Trust: 3 New Line, Crossgar, County Down, Northern Ireland BT30 9EP
    www.ulsterwildlifetrust.org
    Tel. 028 4483 0282

  • Wiltshire Country Council Countryside Officer - Jenny Ford
    Tel 01225 713269
    email jennyford@wiltshire.gov.uk website: www.wiltshire.gov.uk

Consultants

  • Dr Jemma Batten, Agri-environment consultant,
    Black Sheep Countryside Management
    Jindabyne, Back Street, Great Hinton, Wiltshire BA14 6BT
    Tel/fax: 01380 871012
    Mobile: 0785 550 6112
    email jemma.bat@btinternet.com
    Advice on land management for multi-purpose objectives including ELS and HLS applications, FEPs and project management.


  • Jim Swanson, Blackkdog Environmental Consultancy
    Blackkdog Environmental Consultancy
    Mob: 07804 214889
    Email: blackkdog@btinternet.com

    Advice on all aspects of grazing and land management; animal health, business and management plans, training and grant schemes.
    Special projects include International study tours, and project mentoring.


  • DJ and ED Sullivan, Sheep Specialist.
    2 Horseshoe Lane, Ibthorpe, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Andover, Hants SP11 0BY
    Tel: 01264 736514 Mob: 07767 831184
    Email: david.sullivan@fwi.co.uk

Books

  • A Manual of Lambing Techniques - Agnes Winter and Cicely Hill
    Illustrated guide suitable for beginners .

  • Practical Lambing and Lamb Care - Andrew Eales.
    Comprehensive view of the whole lambing process, including care of the ewe.

  • The Sheep Farmer - The journal of the National Sheep Association
    Tel 01684 565533

The small Shepherds Club

Website: www.smallshepherdsclub.org.uk
Email: membership@smallshepherdsclub.org.uk
Tel: 01483 284157