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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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Crucial Convention on Biological Diversity meetings come to a close, leaving civil society frustrated, questioning, but more determined than ever

Published on: 30 June 2022

Fiona Dobson and Georgina Chandler from RSPB reflect on the recent Convention on Biological Diversity meetings in Nairobi and set out what needs to happen in the final stretch ahead of COP15 later this year.

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We need political fuel on the fire to halt waste incineration

Published on: 15 June 2022

Link's Resources and Waste Policy Officer Matthew Dawson sets out the environmental and social harms of incineration, writing that we need a moratorium on new incinerators alongside measures to reduce their harm. On the day that MPs announce their chosen topics for Private Members' Bills, he writes that Link's Resources and Waste group has drafted the ‘Waste Incineration (Consenting) Bill 2022’ which it it is hoped will spark a debate on the future role of incineration in England and spur further action on an incineration tax.

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Is there a future for farming under ELMS?

Published on: 14 June 2022

Andy Lester, Head of Conservation at A Rocha writes that ELMS must succeed, to future-proof farming against nature decline and climate crisis

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Will the new world-leading ivory ban effectively bring an end to the ivory trade in the UK?

Published on: 14 June 2022

Frankie Osuch, Policy Support Officer at Born Free Foundation, shares her hopes and concerns for the UK’s new ivory ban

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Water neutral development - passing fad or here to stay?

Published on: 27 May 2022

Unless we act there simply isn't going to be enough water available for the environment and for growth - Nathan Richardson and Laura White from Waterwise explain how water neutral development could be a solution.

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Half of Britain’s butterfly species on new Red List

Published on: 25 May 2022

Richard Fox, Head of Science at Butterfly Conservation, details the worrying decline in our butterflies, and the glimmer of hope conservation successes have revealed this year

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Further and faster: the best way forward for sustainable farming and food security

Published on: 20 May 2022

Richard Benwell, CEO at Wildlife and Countryside Link, sets out the three directions we can take for the future of farming policy and how going further and faster is the best way to respond to current crises

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Biosecurity for LIFE: protecting seabirds from invasive predators

Published on: 20 May 2022

Tom Churchyard, Senior Project Manager at Biosecurity for LIFE, explains how invasive non-native species threaten UK island seabird colonies, and how Biosecurity for LIFE has been working to tackle this threat.

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Tackling the INNS in our gardens

Published on: 19 May 2022

David Smith, Social Change and Advocacy Officer at Buglife, explains how invasive non-native flatworms are threatening our native species, and shares what steps we can all take to slow the spread of invasive species in our gardens.

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Working in partnership to tackle floating pennywort

Published on: 18 May 2022

Richard Atkinson, Access and Environment Lead at British Canoeing, shares why they are working in partnership to survey, control and eradicate invasive non-native floating pennywort in our waterways.

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