We're hosting our very first Farmer Clusters Conference on 12th October where you will have the chance to hear first-hand accounts of running a Farmer Cluster and the opportunities it provides. A range of farmers, facilitators and advisors will be speaking at the conference, including James Phillips.
James works for Natural England as national Senior Adviser for farmland conservation. James’s work includes helping to lead on farmland birds and wild pollinator conservation, Agri-Environment scheme design and the development of the Countryside Stewardship Wild Pollinator and Farm Wildlife Package.
He managed Natural England’s national Species Recovery Programme for four years and currently leads on Farmer Cluster work nationally for Natural England. James is passionate about wildlife conservation and has been a key advocate for farmer clusters helping to develop and promote the approach from its early inception.
As project manager for Defra’s National Pollinator Strategy Landscapes for Wild Pollinators Initiative, James has helped set up a number of innovative farmer clusters and projects across England, working with groups of farmers, larger landowners and stakeholders exploring how farmer and local community led conservation can deliver the positive sustainable landscape scale environmental outcomes we seek for the British countryside.
James’s talk, Looking to the future and Implications for environmental delivery post-Brexit will reflect in terms of lessons learned from the clusters approach on how best to engage land managers in conservation outcomes.
Farmer Clusters Conference - Book your place
The conference is taking place at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 12th October. You can find out more here or book your place now: