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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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Does the government’s long-awaited England Peat Action Plan deliver?

Published on: 18 May 2021

Paul de Zylva, Senior Nature Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, Graeme Willis, Agriculture Lead at CPRE and Jenny Hawley, Policy manager at Plantlife assess the merits of the England Peat Action Plan released today,

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Government moves to reduce burning on upland peat – a step in the right direction, more steps needed

Published on: 14 May 2021

Dr Pat Thompson, Senior Policy Officer for uplands at RSPB, reviews recent progress in restoring our upland peatlands to health and looks ahead to the expected publication of a Peat Action Plan for England.

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Everyone deserves to live in a flourishing natural world

Published on: 14 May 2021

Dom Higgins, Head of Health and Education at The Wildlife Trusts and Co-Chair of Link's Nature and Wellbeing Strategy Group, discusses the importance of equal access to our green and blue spaces for our mental health and wellbeing, and the change we need to bring nature back into our lives.

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The Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill: Progress at last, with further still to go

Published on: 13 May 2021

Claire Bass, Executive Director of Humane Society International UK and Chair of Link’s Animal Welfare Group, writes on the introduction of The Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill to the House of Lords today

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A renewed social contract with UK farming to help secure a healthy environment for all

Published on: 13 May 2021

Marcus Nyman, Senior Policy Officer (Future Nature) at the RSPB outlines the needs of farmers, nature & climate for a successful agricultural transition period after launching the new IPPR report he co-authored titled ‘A Fair Transition for Farmers’.

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Nature-Positive Planning and the Mental Health Connection

Published on: 12 May 2021

Carl Bunnage, Senior Policy Officer (Planning) at RSPB England and Chair of the Link Planning for Nature Advocacy Group, reflects on the potential of the Government’s proposed National Model Design Code to create nature-rich communities and their importance for positive mental health – and why it might not deliver.

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Beat the blues with blue spaces

Published on: 11 May 2021

Jazz Austin, Policy Officer (Water) at RSPB, discusses the importance of our freshwater and coastal habitats for our physical and mental health & well-being, and shares some top tips for making the most of our blue spaces.

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The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill: Why we need a new approach to environmental legislation

Published on: 10 May 2021

Jane King of the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill Alliance writes on the need for new legislation to tackle the climate and nature emergencies as one.

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Is the Environment Agency doing its job?

Published on: 6 May 2021

Guy Linley-Adams, Solicitor to Salmon & Trout Conservation, shares the findings from their new report on the role of the Environment Agency & why greater investment is needed to make our rivers, lakes, and streams healthy by 2027.

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