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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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The largest destruction of a protected species in living memory

Published on: 6 October 2019

On Wednesday 11 September, as the controversy over the suspension of Parliament raged across the nation, Defra announced that 11 new badger cull licences will be issued in England in 2019, from Cornwall to Cumbria. This will take the total number of cull zones in operation across England to 42 and will result in the largest destruction of a protected species in living memory.

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Bovine TB - it’s not all black and white

Published on: 6 October 2019

I think that there are many who would like to think that bovine TB is a simple problem and that there is one simple answer to resolve it. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

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Queen’s speech: twelve words to watch for

Published on: 4 October 2019

The environment sector is expected four major bills to be announced in the Queen’s Speech on 14 October: the Environment Bill; the Agriculture Bill; the Fisheries Bill; and the Animal Sentience Bill.

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Brexit and the Precautionary Principle

Published on: 3 October 2019

With the threat of a no deal Brexit looming, Professor Rupert Read and Andy Ross use this blog to emphasise the importance and the urgency of fast track-ing legislation to enshrine the protections afforded by the Precautionary Principle into our domestic statute book.

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Why we should #MakeFoodKinder to help animals and the planet

Published on: 2 October 2019

On World Farm Animals Day Jenny Canham, Communications & Campaigns Officer for Four Paws UK, explains why eating less meat is key to being kinder to our planet

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Review the environmental cost of HS2

Published on: 30 September 2019

The HS2 rail link is currently the single biggest threat to our ancient woods and the preparation work for its first phase is underway. Jack Taylor, Campaigner at Woodland Trusts urges us fight for our woodlands and tell Government to review the environmental cost of HS2.

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Our designated landscapes can be leaders – we need to ensure it happens

Published on: 26 September 2019

Corinne Pluchino, CEO of Campaign for National Parks, welcomes the 'reinvigorated vision' for places and people, set out in Julian Glover's review of designated landscapes.

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FSC Friday: What’s in a label?

Published on: 26 September 2019

?It's FSC Friday and FSC's 25th anniversary. Daniel Vince-Archer, Communications Assistant, has penned a blog to celebrate 25 years of making a difference and emphasise the collective action needed to help safeguard forests for all, forever.

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How thriving oceans can help to defend us against climate change

Published on: 25 September 2019

It’s rare for a day to pass without yet another apocalyptic warning about the future of Planet Earth. Today was no exception, with headlines stating that our oceans are in crisis. They are alarming, but thankfully we have a unique opportunity to help them recover and thrive.

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Taking our future into our own hands

Published on: 24 September 2019

Youth activist Mya-Rose Craig, AKA Birdgirl, explains why she joined the Global Climate Strike on 20 September and why it is so important that we don't take no for an answer.

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