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Link's History

Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) began life as Wildlife Link in 1980, taking over from two existing umbrella bodies, the Council for Nature and the Council for Environmental Conservation (CoEnCo).  Based upon the ‘Monitor’ principle previously established in the USA, the formation of Link was driven by Lord Peter Melchett, whose position in the House of Lords convinced him that better co-ordination was needed between voluntary organisations with similar core objectives.


In 1982 Countryside Link was formed to look after the interests of the countryside, however in 1990 the two organisations merged, creating the organisation that we have today whose interests span the breadth of wildlife and countryside issues. Since this time Link has continued to grow and increase its membership base, working on a variety of policy issues over the years. 


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