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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.

The Environment Plan: a green signpost at Brexit crossroads.

Published on: 11 January 2018

The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan includes a Parliament’s worth of promises. Together, they amount to a brilliant green signpost toward a greener future.


Can the UK meet its ambitions to heal and restore our natural environment?

Published on: 14 December 2017

A new report from the National Trust, RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts reveals that five times the level of current investment in the farmed environment is needed if the UK is to meet existing commitments to protect nature post-Brexit.


How many bodies will we leave behind?

Published on: 8 December 2017

On Day 6 of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, Tuesday 12 December, MPs will pose critical questions on environmental governance.


It’s time to take wildlife crime seriously

Published on: 27 November 2017

Crimes against wildlife take many forms. Illegal hunting, poaching, badger baiting, hare coursing, the destruction of bat roosts, the trafficking in products derived from endangered species, and the myriad of other illicit activities that constitute wildlife crime, impact the welfare of animals, threaten the conservation of populations, and potentially disrupt the stability of whole ecosystems.


Leaving the EU must not put our National Parks at risk

Published on: 23 November 2017

Nearly 18 months on from the EU referendum there is still huge uncertainty about what Brexit will mean for so many areas of our lives. One thing we do know is that the loss of European protections could put so much of what we value in our beautiful National Parks at risk.


A Nod to a New Environmental Protection Act

Published on: 16 November 2017

Yesterday whilst debating amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, Oliver Letwin MP, with a nod of approval from Michael Gove, announced a new Environmental Protection Act. This is a significant step, and indeed, has long been requested by environmental organisations.


Why we must enhance England’s landscapes

Published on: 9 November 2017

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of brisk walks across Dartmoor, panting after running up the highest hill, only for the expansive views to further take my breath away. A landscape with the power to invoke such emotional and sentimental responses is worth protecting. The 25-Year Environment Plan must contain measures to do this.


Will Michael Gove set a green gold standard?

Published on: 3 November 2017

Mr Gove gave two important answers to the Environmental Audit Committee this week: he will consult on a new institution to hold Government to account for environmental delivery post-Brexit; and he believes that the principles of environmental law can be properly upheld by guidance.


Threatened wildlife gets much-needed lifeline at international Convention

Published on: 31 October 2017

Nations agree to collaborate in tackling decline of lions, leopards, giraffes, chimps and more.


Non-Native Invaders – A Brexit Risk or Opportunity?

Published on: 18 October 2017

What I love about nature is its variety. Species evolve together and when one species evolves in a way that gives it an advantage, sooner or later another species evolves in a way that takes away that advantage. It’s this continual process of adaptation and counter-adaption that stops any one species dominating all others, leaving plenty of species for us to enjoy! But will this continue?


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