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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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A case for landscape: the future for farming and the environment

Published on: 21 March 2018

As the Government consults on 'The future of food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit', Lyndis Cole highlights the role of landscape in environmental health, and calls for broad, diverse forms of protection and restoration.


The travels of a Spring lamb

Published on: 20 March 2018

Guest blog by Peter Stevenson at Compassion in World Farming. On the first day of Spring, Peter highlights the long and crowded journeys that many farm animals endure as 'live exports'.


Raising the bar for billions of chickens

Published on: 19 March 2018

Today is International Poultry Day. Yes, there is such a day. Scrolling through Twitter you’ll see an array of happy, healthy looking chickens, frolicking outdoors, green grass underfoot and drenched in sunshine. But this is a far cry from the short life (just 5 weeks) led by most of the 1 billion meat chickens to be intensively reared and slaughtered in the UK alone this year.


Water Saving Week 2018

Published on: 16 March 2018

Waterwise set up Water Saving Week, to get the nation #TalkingWater, and most importantly helping people to take action to save water. This year it will run from Monday 19th March to Friday 23rd March. Below, Hazel Lewis explains more about the importance of saving water, and what you can do each day this #WaterSavingWeek.


Bringing animal welfare back into the fold

Published on: 13 March 2018

Whilst the average person on the street may not understand that they pay around £70 a year to something called the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) they do know that if they are paying farmers they want it to improve animal welfare...


Planning takes centre stage

Published on: 8 March 2018

Following the launch of the Government's new planning policy, released by Theresa May this week, Victoria Bankes Price takes a look at what the draft National Planning Policy Statement will really mean for nature.


Health and harmony: Defra’s pitch on the future for food, farming and the environment

Published on: 28 February 2018

Yesterday Defra published its consultation paper on the future of farming and land management policy in England. Few policy areas will have such a significant impact on the wildlife and countryside of England in the next decade and more.


Inadequate Access to Justice - a chill wind that blows nobody any good

Published on: 28 February 2018

As Britain approaches its departure from the EU, Carol Day asks what will replace the EU's crucial legal institutions, which enforce environmental standards and provide routes for challenging Westminster, especially in a context of reduced support for Judicial Reviews and increasing court costs.


Will Mr Gove go global?

Published on: 14 February 2018

As the run-up to Aichi's 2020 international biodiversity commitments begins, it is strong domestic policy and co-operation between Westminster and devolved governments that will see the United Kingdom lead the world on conservation.