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

It includes our year plan and Agriculture Bill series, as well as our Blueprint for Water focused blogs.

If you would like to contribute a blog, please contact Emma Adler..

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The Withdrawal Bill must be amended to give a green Brexit a chance

Published on: 20 April 2018

Since the EU Withdrawal Bill was published in July 2017, the Government has patched over the flaws in its Brexit laws with promises to Parliament. With barely a month left to consider the bill, the time has come for Parliament to assert its authority and amend the legislation.


Why we must record wildlife crime

Published on: 18 April 2018

The Government does not currently record wildlife crime effectively, but how can wildlife crime be effectively addressed and prevented until the extent of the problem is known? We’ve come together to produce an NGO led report on annual crime figures and the impact of this crime in five different areas.


Health and Harmony: Link and Defra's future farming event

Published on: 18 April 2018

Wildlife and Countryside Link co-host a land mark consultation event with Defra on the the future of farming policy post Brexit.


Grasping the opportunity for the uplands

Published on: 16 April 2018

John Dower's report to Government in May 1944 saw farming as central to the special qualities of the areas that he identified for designation as the new National Parks. Dower saw little conflict between farming in the 1940s and the distinctive characteristics of these precious upland landscapes.


Agroforestry delivers for nature and farming

Published on: 9 April 2018

Agroforestry is about making the most of land area through three dimensional farming. As Stephen Briggs explains, the deliberate integration of trees within agricultural crops and livestock is a win-win for food production and the natural environment


We need to find the ‘sweet spot’ where environment, social and health goals meet

Published on: 6 April 2018

Vicki Hird argues why agriculture policy should cover public health, why conservation and wildlife groups could agree and answers some possible concerns.


Ivory banned, elephants protected

Published on: 5 April 2018

"Ivory should never be seen as a commodity for financial gain or a status symbol." These were the words of Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, this week, as the UK Government announced a ban on ivory sales will go ahead. Link members welcome the ban.


The time is right to turn away from chemical pesticides

Published on: 4 April 2018

As the Government consults on 'The future of food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit' Sandra Bell makes the case for pesticide reduction.


Invasive Species Week: Volunteers can make a difference

Published on: 29 March 2018

You can pledge your support during Invasive Species Week to help protect native species from threats such as Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan balsam.


Exotic pets running wild

Published on: 28 March 2018

Non-native species are increasingly recognised as a major threat to biodiversity, and the exotic pet trade is one of many ways these species can be introduced.