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The Link Blog is a space for members, and others, to express their views about the natural environment.

It currently includes our year series which focuses on what our members consider to be the priorities for the environment over the next 25 years.

If you would like to contribute a blog, please contact Sarah Bernard

Governments must combat illegal wildlife trade

Published on: 21 February 2017

Time is of the essence. Current international efforts remain insufficient. Many species exploited by the transnational illegal wildlife trade cannot afford to wait another 20 years before serious action is implemented on the ground.


Pondering the next 25 years for nature as I turn 25

Published on: 13 February 2017

I turn 25 this year, providing timely impetus to consider how the UK’s environment may change over the next quarter-century and how we can ensure that change is for the better.


Government must take bold and decisive action on UK ivory trade

Published on: 6 February 2017

Over the past decade, Africa’s elephants have been brutally slaughtered, in huge numbers, to supply ivory to seemingly insatiable illegal international markets.


An opportunity to deliver healthy green communities

Published on: 3 February 2017

If the rumours are to be believed, the long awaited and much hyped ‘Housing White Paper’ will be published next week. Having been delayed since before Christmas, and subjected to a number of re-writes, it sounds as if the White Paper has been causing some significant headaches within Government.


New housing should not be at the expense of wildlife

Published on: 31 January 2017

Given the current housing crisis, a parliamentary bill to help identify and free up more land to build homes and provide upfront information to communities should be welcomed - but is it all good news?


Tougher sentencing needed for wildlife trade crimes

Published on: 30 January 2017

Illegal wildlife trade is a hot topic at the moment – and rightly so. It threatens the extinction of many species as diverse as sharks, pangolins and tigers. It sometimes seems that not a week goes by without hearing of poached rhinos in South Africa or elephants in Tanzania.


Environment laws must be reinforced, not reviewed

Published on: 18 January 2017

The Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017, published this week, includes a frightening line: “Following the decision to leave the EU, we are undertaking a fundamental review of our whole environmental policy framework”.


A new vision for farming

Published on: 17 January 2017

Now in its eighth year, the Oxford Real Farming Conference is a unique opportunity for farming and environmental communities to share ideas and innovative solutions for a sustainable future for farming and food production.


Sustainable Farming and Land Use Policy essential for ‘Brand Britain’

Published on: 19 December 2016

As the Secretary of State stands up to speak at the Oxford Farming Conference in early January, she will be the first UK politician for over forty years to set out a vision for farming and the environment outside the constraints of the Common Agricultural Policy.


The 25 Year Plan must protect National Parks

Published on: 12 December 2016

The UK’s first National Parks were created in the 1940s as part of the same post-war drive to improve the nation’s well-being that also saw the establishment of the NHS and the extension of the welfare state. Now, nearly seven decades later, they cover nearly 10% of England and are enjoyed by tens of millions of visitors every year.