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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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Restore the Downs! A vision for the ecological restoration of the chalk landscape from Eastbourne to Brighton and beyond.

Published on: 8 March 2024

The South Downs are a truly amazing place, stretching from Hampshire to East Sussex they are home to a huge number of species and many vitally important habitats but like so many places, this landscape is under threat. In a new blog, public policy consultant and writer Julie Bygraves shares her views on why an ecologically restored South Downs is vitally important.


Where are we heading on sewage pollution?

Published on: 7 March 2024

Nick Measham, CEO at WildFish, shares views on where we are heading on sewage pollution, and the action needed.


Outdoors For All Manifesto sets out a vision for a natural health service that is free and available for all

Published on: 6 March 2024

The Outdoors For All manifesto will be officially presented to Parliamentarians on Wednesday 6 March, setting out a vision for a natural health service that is free and available for all. Ben Seal, Head of Access & Environment at British Canoeing, explains why this is needed now more than ever.


What can we do about the impact of neonicotinoids?

Published on: 4 March 2024

Neonicotinoids (“neonics”) are a pesticide often used in conventional agriculture to protect crops from pests, however the real-world implications of neonics and other pesticides demonstrate that these chemicals do not just impact their intended pest targets. Ahead of a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday 5 March on the environmental impact of Neonics, Link's Senior Policy Officer Dr Hannah Blitzer explores the risks they pose to wildlife and why moves to outlaw them have lagged behind.


Make access to nature at school a statutory right

Published on: 4 March 2024

Jen Davis, Cathriona Hickey and Suzanne Welch, co-chairs of Link’s Education and Learning Policy Group, explain the critical role formal education has in preparing children to adapt and mitigate to the nature and climate crises.


Ambitions of the GB Non-Native Species Strategy are undermined by lack of clarity on delivery

Published on: 27 February 2024

The 27th February marks the one year anniversary of the GB Non-Native Species Strategy. In this blog on invasive species, David Smith, Social Change and Advocacy Officer, Buglife, and Lisa Manning, Nature 2030 Policy & Engagement Office, Wildlife & Countryside Link, argue that the time is now to act on the threat of invasive species and protect our native wildlife.


Rewilding and mitigation of floods and droughts: how much do we know?

Published on: 26 February 2024

Gemma Harvey, Professor in Physical Geography at Queen Mary University of London, and Stewart Clarke, National Specialist for Freshwater & Catchments at the National Trust, discuss new research reviewing the evidence for the role of rewilding in helping to build flood and drought resilience.


Human Rights Day 2023: Time to Recognise a Right to Clean Air for All

Published on: 11 December 2023

December marks the alignment of two major anniversaries of human rights and air pollution. In this blog on environmental rights, Hannah Blitzer, Senior Policy Officer, Wildlife and Countryside Link argues that the time is now to recognise the right to clean air and a right to a healthy environment.


Transitioning to a PFAS-free economy: NGOs propose Action Plan to tackle forever chemicals

Published on: 8 December 2023

With chemicals becoming an ever growing threat to people and nature, leaders in the fight against forever chemicals have outlined an action plan to transition to an economy that is free of such chemicals


New Tree Equity Score tool shows the connection between trees and health inequalities

Published on: 7 December 2023

Sarah Jordan and Una Devlin of Sustainable Health Care discuss the launch of Tree Equity Score in the UK, and how this new tool can help plant trees in the places most in need of the health boosts that come from nature