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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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Whither the revolution? Reviewing the agricultural transition over a year in

Published on: 28 March 2022

Matt Browne, Advocacy Lead at Wildlife and Countryside Link and Hannah Conway, Policy Officer at Wildlife and Countryside Link set out the need for the farming transition to go further and faster for farmers, and for nature.

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Drawing a line in the sand on nature loss

Published on: 25 March 2022

Monica Kaur Bhatia of UK Youth for Nature shares the story of their latest Nature Stunt, 'Nature Loss: Lines In The Sand'.

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People want England’s National Parks and AONBs to be richer in nature

Published on: 24 March 2022

David Hampson, Policy Officer at the RSPB, writes about new RSPB research which found that people highly value wildlife and nature of England's protected landscapes.

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Government should go beyond nutrient neutrality

Published on: 22 March 2022

Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife and Countryside Link, discusses why Government should go beyond nutrient neutrality, and strengthen the legal requirements for developers to contribute to solving the water pollution problem.

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Let's make our National Parks wilder

Published on: 22 March 2022

We now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to demand that these precious places, covering almost a quarter of Britain, become areas where nature can thrive, Rewilding Britain’s CEO Rebecca Wrigley writes.

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The Government has been given a comprehensive plan to tackle wildlife crime – will it implement it?

Published on: 21 March 2022

Martin Sims, Chair of Link's Wildlife Crime Working Group, highlights a major new report on UK wildlife crime and calls for swift implementation of its recommendations.

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Nature Green Paper: What’s the Big Idea, DEFRA?

Published on: 17 March 2022

Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife and Countryside Link, discusses Government's Nature Recovery Green Paper, and shares thoughts on the missing 'big ideas' for how our sites and species designations can play their part to halt nature's decline.

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Government must aim higher on nature targets

Published on: 16 March 2022

Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife and Countryside Link, discusses Government's proposals for Environment Act targets, and how these do not aim high enough to halt nature's decline by 2030.

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Ask your MP to end badger cull cruelty on 21 March

Published on: 15 March 2022

Lucy Lapwing of Wild Justice writes ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on badger culling scheduled for 21 March, making the case for an immediate end to the cull.

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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.

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