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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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Animals feel suffering, pain and joy too – animal sentience in law

Published on: 10 December 2018

On International Animal Rights Day, 10 December 2018, Naturewatch Foundation is once again drawing attention to the policy issue of ‘animal sentience’, widely defined as an animals’ ability to 'perceive and feel things'.

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Protecting and regenerating soil - the fragile skin of the earth

Published on: 5 December 2018

Earlier this year I saw Sir Tim Smit, of Eden Project fame, close a session on soils for a room full of policy people. He followed 17 other impressive speakers, a challenge for anyone. He began roughly as follows: “I’ll start by saying exactly what...

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Judicial review – a blunt tool for badger protection

Published on: 3 December 2018

On 15 August, the High Court handed down a dispiriting judgment in a Judicial Review (JR) challenging the lawfulness of the Government’s policy of “supplementary” badger culling and the licences issued under it by Natural England (NE)...

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Clear Access, Clear Waters

Published on: 3 December 2018

British Canoeing has published its Access and Environment Charter - Clear Access, Clear Waters – campaigning for cleaner healthier rivers and greater recognition of the right to access these amazing ‘blue’ spaces.

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Let’s beat wildlife crime

Published on: 30 November 2018

Today see’s the publication of Wildlife and Countryside Link and Wales Environment Link’s second annual wildlife crime report, detailing incidents of wildlife crime in 2017 known to contributing members. Coming hot on the heels of our 2016 report...

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Celebrating National Tree Week: The UK’s largest festival of trees

Published on: 27 November 2018

This week it’s National Tree Week, marking the start of the winter tree-planting season. As someone who planted acorns and conkers and hundreds of apple pips with my great-grandfather, and who has continued this tradition with my own children, it is the highlight of my year!

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Suffering salmon: A temperature-gauge for our worryingly low water-flow

Published on: 27 November 2018

What would a third dry winter mean for wildlife and habitats? Worryingly low water flows are of major concern to much wildlife, particularly salmon which rely on flowing rivers to travel to estuaries to spawn.

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A Zero Carbon Countryside

Published on: 22 November 2018

Action on the very real threats posed by climate change is not only necessary but unavoidable in order to safeguard the countryside, communities and planet we depend on.

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Better implementation and enforcement of nature laws needed

Published on: 19 November 2018

Attempts to weaken our nature laws are nothing new. The recent Red Tape Initiative review shows that the problem lies not with our nature laws but with the enforcement and implementation of them. We must use this information to ensure our governments listen and take the action recommended.

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Protecting our waters could bring our threatened animals back from the brink

Published on: 9 November 2018

Sturgeons are one of the most threatened animals in the world. But protecting, and enhancing the use of, our water protection laws could bring these creatures back from the brink and perhaps even back to the UK.

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