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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 Zoe Davies.


Protecting our unexpected wildlife havens

Published on: 18 September 2017

Ruth Chambers explains why Link has published new guidance to help Local Planning Authorities deal with development applications on brownfield land in England.

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A significant step forwards in protecting our Seabirds

Published on: 14 September 2017

Natural England have announced the formal designation of Northumberland Marine Special Protected Area (SPA), providing greater protection to a key site for UK seabirds.

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Why nature conservationists should ‘Back British Farming’

Published on: 13 September 2017

Farmers need our backing – particularly those on the smaller mixed farms that are disappearing at an alarming rate.

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UK Government needs to rethink environmental governance

Published on: 25 August 2017

If the Government is to deliver a Green Brexit, it needs to rethink its plans for domestic governance arrangements.

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#binit4beaches to keep our bathing waters clean

Published on: 18 August 2017

This summer, organisations across the UK – charities including Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Keep Britain Tidy, water companies, the Environment Agency, Local Authorities and beach managers – have all come come together as part of the #binit4beaches campaign, to highlight the importance of only flushing the 3P’s – pee, poo and paper – and always putting wet wipes in the bin.

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Why your organisation should become an Evidence Champion

Published on: 16 August 2017

Recently, researchers from Conservation Evidence announced a partnership with several nature conservation organisations, aimed at getting the best science to busy on-the-ground conservationists.

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Improving transparency in slaughter: first signs of a Brexit Spring?

Published on: 11 August 2017

In World Athletics Championship week, Defra have fired the starting gun and led out of the starting blocks with an initial announcement on its proposals to bring in mandatory CCTV in all approved slaughterhouses in England.

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Green Brexit: 1 out of 3 for environmental principles

Published on: 10 August 2017

The Government’s European Union (Withdrawal) Bill should assure the letter of the law, the spirit of the law and adherence to the law. However the Bill before Parliament puts the principles of environmental law at great risk in the UK.

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Key Government advisory bodies unite to find ways to improve protection for wildlife

Published on: 2 August 2017

Protections for lions, leopards, African wild dogs, giraffes, chimpanzees, fennec foxes, long-tailed macaques, African grey parrots, marine mammals, sharks, and a host of other animals were on the agenda when two major scientific advisory bodies recently got together.

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Microbeads success marks the first battle in the war against plastics

Published on: 28 July 2017

Last week, Michael Gove gave his first keynote speech detailing his environmental vision for Britain post Brexit. The environment sector sat watching with bated breath to see what this would entail.

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