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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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Enough is enough – it’s time for a total ban on peat use in horticulture

Published on: 24 February 2022

As the government consults on whether to ban the sale of peat for horticulture in England and Wales, Ailis Watt, Peat Officer at The Wildlife Trusts argues that a ban is a no-brainer, but it's not a sure thing yet.


Ensuring new Highly Protected Marine Areas are on the road to success

Published on: 23 February 2022

As Link launches a new briefing paper on Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs), Daniele Clifford, Marine Conservation Officer at The Wildlife Trusts, writes that these proposed sites should be designated by the end of this year and, if well designed, they will offer the highest level of environmental protection for our seas, banning all damaging activities across the sites to give nature the best chance of recovery.


Emerging Regional Water Resources Plans - Ten Observations from Blueprint for Water

Published on: 18 February 2022

Ali Morse, Chair of Blueprint for Water and Water Policy Manager at The Wildlife Trusts, Nathan Richardson, Head of Policy at Waterwise, and James Overington, Water Policy Officer at Salmon & Trout Conservation, share Blueprint for Water's top 10 observations on the draft Regional Water Resources Plans.


#ShowTheLove for nature this February

Published on: 14 February 2022

Hannah McLean-Knight from The Climate Coalition talks about the #ShowTheLove campaign and how we can show decision makers that we want to see real and rapid action to tackle the twin climate and nature crises this February.


The campaign to secure legal protection from disturbance for seals

Published on: 9 February 2022

Sue Sayer is the founder and director of the Seal Research Trust (est. Cornwall 2000). Here she outlines the story of the campaign to protect seals from disturbance which has led to a 10 Minute Rule Bill in Parliament today presented by Tracey Crouch MP


Is the Government's new Joint Fisheries Statement as transformational as we'd hoped for?

Published on: 3 February 2022

Kirsten Carter, Marine Principal Policy Officer at RSPB, sets out the importance of the recently published Joint Fisheries Statement, asking whether it can deliver on the Government's promise of 'world leading fisheries management'.


The Local Green Space designation, a little-known but powerful tool for people and nature’s wellbeing

Published on: 2 February 2022

Madeleine Gohin, Planning Officer at CPRE - The countryside charity, writes about CPRE's new report released today that shows that improving and broadening the use of the Local Green Space designation is an important tool to help improve access to nature.


To put nature in recovery, we must overturn the decision to allow bee-killing pesticides

Published on: 2 February 2022

Lucy Pegg, Public Affairs Officer at the Wildlife Trusts, writes on the damage risked to nature by the decision to give emergency authorisation for the use of Cruiser SB to treat sugar beet seed in 2022.


A year ago the Government committed to ban destructive fishing in four protected areas, yet with no progress on the water what has caused the delay?

Published on: 1 February 2022

Exactly a year ago today, the Government unveiled proposals to better protect 4 of England’s 40 offshore MPAs with new byelaws restricting bottom trawling. Link's Matthew Dawson explains why these measures are so vital and must be delivered, arguing that they are a test of the Government's commitment to ensure that Brexit leads to stronger marine protections.


A new era for our national landscapes

Published on: 19 January 2022

John Arwel Watkins, Chief Executive of The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, discusses the Government's Glover Review plans, and the new era ahead for our AONBs, soon to be renamed as national landscapes