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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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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


A threat to environmental justice

Published on: 10 January 2022

Barrister Gethin Thomas reports on committee stage consideration of the Judicial Review & Courts Bill, highlighting the impact that clause 1 could have on access to environmental justice.


Public access is a public good…isn’t it?

Published on: 16 December 2021

Environmental Land Management will be available to all farmers and land managers in the next few years, but so far there are no clear plans to include access the available schemes. Stephen Russell, Policy and Advocacy Officer at Ramblers, Ben Seal Places to Paddle Manager at British Canoeing, Kate Ashbrook General Secretary of Open Spaces Society and Cath Flitcroft, Access and Conservation Officer at the British Mountaineering Council set out the case for including access to nature in the future schemes.


The upcoming protected landscapes consultation is a huge opportunity for nature recovery

Published on: 15 December 2021

David Hampson, Policy Officer at RSPB, writes about what tools and resources designated landscapes need to help deliver the transformative changes required to tackle the nature and climate emergency.


A critical time for National Parks – Government action needed

Published on: 14 December 2021

Ruth Bradshaw, Policy and Research Manager at Campaign for National Parks, writes about what Government action is needed to deliver the bold and ambitious vision for designated landscapes that Glover proposed.


Delivering for nature, climate and people: What the Government's response to the Glover Review must include

Published on: 13 December 2021

Emma Clarke, Policy and Information Coordinator at Link, outlines what Link hopes to see in the Government's response to the Glover Review to ensure that National Parks and AONBs can deliver their potential for nature, climate and people.


Duplicate of Moving to the 'Five Domains' model for assessing animal welfare

Published on: 9 December 2021

Daisy Sopel, FOUR PAWS UK Campaigns Assistant, writes about a pioneering new approach to measuring the welfare of animals.


Native trees need to be at the heart of woodland expansion

Published on: 3 December 2021

Matt Browne, Advocacy Lead at Wildlife & Countryside Link, marks National Trees Week with a piece celebrating the nature and climate benefits provided by native tree species.