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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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Game changers in giving nature a voice

Published on: 24 May 2024

Policy analyst Susan Kerrison writes about the potential for rights for nature and environmental rights for people to boost nature recovery.

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Rhododendron ponticum: a garden beauty and an ecological disaster

Published on: 23 May 2024

Behind the purple flowers of Rhododendron ponticum is a major threat to UK woodlands and temperate rainforests. Read about the impact of this plant species and what Government must do to protect habitats in this blog co-written by Lisa Manning, Policy & Engagement Officer at WCL & Erin Shott, Communications and Policy Officer at Plantlife.

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Invasive American Mink and the Plight of Britain’s Water Voles

Published on: 20 May 2024

Emily Sabin, Water Vole Officer at People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) explores how the success of the Waterlife Recovery Trust’s first three years of mink eradication brings hope that a century of destruction caused by mink can be brought to an end, bringing hope for Water Voles

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Ultra-Processed Britain: time for a political response

Published on: 25 April 2024

Rob Percival, Head of Food Policy at the Soil Association, sets out the case for action to address the human health, environmental and animal welfare consequences of growing dependence on ultra-processed food.

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Police and Crime Commissioner elections: Putting wildlife crime in the spotlight

Published on: 24 April 2024

Ahead of elections next week, Link's Matt Browne sets out how Police & Crime Commissioners can do more to effectively tackle wildlife crime.

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If the UK wants to solve our plastic waste problems, we must limit production

Published on: 22 April 2024

Ahead of the penultimate round of the Global Plastic Treaty negotiations, Christina Dixon, Ocean Campaign Leader at the Environmental Investigation Agency, writes that the UK Government must match vital leadership on the international stage with greater ambition on domestic plastics policies.

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Protest, Free speech and environmental defenders

Published on: 27 March 2024

Following the report from UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention, Mr Michel Forst, the need for an Environmental Rights Bill has never been clearer. Consultant solicitor Carol Day runs through recent developments, and how such a bill would protect environmental defenders.

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More trees please. How to make the most of tree planting promises in the General Election.

Published on: 21 March 2024

With a General Election on the horizon, Paul de Zylva, Senior Nature Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, explores what party pledges of ambitious tree planting targets could mean for nature and how these promises must be delivered to break the cycle of failure.

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Blood tests reveal EU politicians’ exposure to “forever chemicals”, a silent threat to public health

Published on: 18 March 2024

With PFAS "forever chemicals" contaminating our environment, wildlife, and even our own bodies, the time for action is now. Noémie Jegou, Associate Policy Officer for Chemicals at EEB and coordinator of the Toxic-free Future campaign, explains the results of recent blood tests on EU politicians and how the public can help call for a future free of chemical pollutions

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Getting Sustainable Solutions for Water and Nature to take flight

Published on: 14 March 2024

The Sustainable Solutions for Water and Nature (SSWAN) partnership has launched its water reform model. The focus now must be getting wider buy-in. Karma Loveday, editor of The Water Report, explains more

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