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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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Protecting our blue spaces this summer

Published on: 26 July 2021

David Dangerfield, Environment Agency Director for Water, Land and Biodiversity, introduces the Water Warriors campaign and explains how we can all play a part in protecting our blue spaces this summer.

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Why we need to rethink burning trees for electricity

Published on: 21 July 2021

Sasha Stashwick, Senior Advocate at NRDC explains why reliance on large-scale biomass-burning in the UK to meet net zero risks exacerbating the nature and climate crises, and why Government should redirect biomass subsidies to real renewables like wind and solar.

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Shaping local food systems to deliver for people and nature

Published on: 14 July 2021

Marcus Nyman, Senior Policy Officer at RSPB writes about how local food systems benefit communities and nature though shorter, decentralised supply chains, more diverse agroecological production systems, independent producers and retailers, and a greater farmer-focus.

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Securing the full traceability of pets across Europe

Published on: 13 July 2021

Joana Fernandes, FOUR PAWS UK Investigations Consultant, writes about new proposals to exclude illegal puppy dealers from the UK market

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Demanding more for the water environment

Published on: 8 July 2021

Nathan Richardson, Head of Policy at Waterwise, shares his thoughts on the recent water demand announcement and the ambition required to meaningfully reduce the impact of our water consumption on the environment.

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The health, wellbeing and prosperity of nature and people are inextricable

Published on: 8 July 2021

Dom Higgins, Head of Health and Education at The Wildlife Trusts and co-chair of Link's Nature and Wellbeing Strategy Group, explains the critical partnership between nature and people.

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Adopting a humane approach to all species: Bug sentience

Published on: 7 July 2021

Buglife CEO Matt Shardlow writes on the need to take an inclusive approach to animal sentience, and to give the proposed Animal Sentience Committee a wide ranging remit.

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Guiding the restoration of our rare wildflower meadows

Published on: 5 July 2021

Honor Eldridge, Policy Lead (Farming) at Plantlife introduces their new Meadows' Hub after National Meadows Day.

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Wild Fish: the importance of scientific evidence, as well as cultural and community initiatives, in seeking to save wild salmon

Published on: 2 July 2021

Nick Measham, CEO at Salmon & Trout Conservation, introduces the new Wild Fish journal and explores why conserving salmon and other wild fish needs to be a problem 'owned by everyone'.

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Towards an effective environmental information infrastructure

Published on: 2 July 2021

Steve Whitbread of ALERC explains the current state of environmental data, why we're currently planning to fail, and what's needed for an effective environmental information infrastructure to support environmental policies.

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