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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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Recycling our land, for the sake of the countryside

Published on: 18 November 2021

Philippa Oppenheimer, Land Use Officer at CPRE, writes on the launch of a new report on brownfield land supply in England.

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Hope for Britain’s degraded biodiversity?

Published on: 11 November 2021

Nida Al-Fulaij, Conservation Research Manager at PTES, shares why we must be wise and take a precautionary approach in the quinquennial review, giving protection to species that are vulnerable to extinction now.

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Walking – a simple solution to a big problem?

Published on: 11 November 2021

On Cities, Regions & Built Environment Day at COP26, Kate Conto, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at the Ramblers, explains why walking can help the UK meet its climate goals.

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COP26: Beginnings of a green energy revolution for offshore wind

Published on: 9 November 2021

Samuel Wrobel, Policy Officer for Offshore Wind at RSPB, writes that offshore wind will play a crucial role in the UK’s efforts to reach net zero, however installing this technology at the scale and pace needed to decarbonise our energy systems while protecting nature is no easy task.

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Grasslands for climate

Published on: 9 November 2021

Honor Eldridge, Policy Lead at Plantlife International, discusses why species-rich grasslands are an overlooked solution to climate change, and why the new Environmental Land Management Scheme should reward farmers and land managers for the restoration and sustainable management of species-rich grasslands.

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Nature and Mental Wellbeing: The importance of a post-pandemic inclusive green wellbeing recovery

Published on: 8 November 2021

Prof Tine Van Bortel, Professor of Global Health & Wellbeing at the University of Cambridge, writes about why we should take action to build a society that promotes equal access and sustained engagement with biodiverse spaces and nature, for the benefit of nature and people.

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Build Back Wetter after COP26

Published on: 5 November 2021

Dr James Robinson, Director of Conservation at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) explains why we need our political leaders to commit to creating, restoring and protecting our wetlands as part of COP26 climate action.

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Whales, trees and butterflies – how WDC is giving a voice to the ocean at COP26

Published on: 5 November 2021

Ed Goodall, Green Whale Project manager at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, writes from COP26 on the pivotal role ocean recovery can play in tackling the climate crisis.

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Tackling storm overflows - lifting the lid on the true costings

Published on: 4 November 2021

Christine Colvin, Director for Partnerships and Communications at The Rivers Trust, shares thoughts on the newly published Storm Overflows Taskforce evidence project report and lifts the lid on the true costings involved in tackling raw sewage discharges from storm overflows.

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Restoring nature locally can help combat climate change

Published on: 4 November 2021

Now that the Local Nature Recovery Strategy consultation has closed, Bruce Winney, Policy Officer at Wildlife and Countryside Link, considers what’s required to make sure it is a success.

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