The defunct Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group was reformed yesterday, after it was scrapped by the Government last year.
FWAG operated for more than four decades and its closure after Defra funding was cut was a step backwards in keeping farms profitable and environmentally sound.
Former Defra minister Sir Jim Paice spoke at the launch at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust in Leicestershire.
Jim Egan, interim chairman of the new FWAG Association, said: “It’s great to see a new FWAG Association re-emerging and going back to its roots on a local level.
“There is a real need for this type of organisation at a ground level. It has an important role to play in helping farmers with trusted environmental advice. A great deal of effort has gone into getting to this launch from both farmer and former FWAG staff.”