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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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What does Brexit mean for wildlife trafficking

Published on: 19 April 2017

Much of our law protecting the environment and the natural world comes from Europe. The extent to which the UK will retain or change this legislation following Brexit hangs in the balance. Whatever the make-up of our Government following the upcoming General Election, it must not be allowed to sacrifice the future of wildlife and the natural world on the altar of trade.


Farming is part of a much greater whole

Published on: 10 April 2017

Appearing before a number of Commons and Lords Committees recently, Minister for Agriculture George Eustice laid out the principles guiding his approach to the farming sector as we leave the Common Agricultural Policy.


Agriculture faces trade deal challenges

Published on: 6 April 2017

British experts negotiating trade deals has not happened for over 44 years, so what challenges do we face as we try to protect our high welfare standards, particularly in farming, from being undermined by cheaper produce produced at lower standards?


Sign the charter and we will plant a tree

Published on: 4 April 2017

The Woodland Trust is leading 70 partner organisations, including many Link members, in the call for a Charter for Trees, Woods and People. This Tree Charter will speak for every person and every tree in the UK and will set out our rights and responsibilities towards trees and woods in the UK. The Tree Charter will be launched on 6th November 2017, the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest.


Eradicating island invaders

Published on: 31 March 2017

Invasive non-native species are known as one of the four horsemen of the ecological apocalypse (alongside habitat destruction, overexploitation and pollution - the worst example being greenhouse gases resulting in climate change) which are responsible for the major drivers of biodiversity loss across the world. This week the RSPB is joining other members of Wildlife and Countryside Link to raise awareness, understanding and vigilance of this key issue.


Repeal Bill: stricter scrutiny needed to make the White Paper green

Published on: 31 March 2017

The Government’s White Paper on the “Great Repeal Bill” is good. The bill will convert the body of existng EU law into UK law, so that the same rules and laws apply on the day after we leave the EU.


Prevention is better than cure

Published on: 30 March 2017

“Prevention is better than cure”: it’s a well-known saying and it’s just as relevant when talking about invasive non-native species as it is when talking about disease.


Potted plants are harbouring unwanted stowaways

Published on: 29 March 2017

Wonderful Wisterias, Heavenly Hellebores, Perfect Primroses, Magnificent Magnolias. Garden centres across the UK are overflowing with new stocks of plants to brighten up your home and garden – but these beautiful blooms may harbour unwanted stowaways that will wreak havoc in your garden.


Going fishing? Don’t bring back an invader!

Published on: 28 March 2017

Fishing abroad is becoming increasingly popular amongst UK anglers. Change of scenery, some nice weather (hopefully) and of course, the chance to catch some different fish or beat your PB. However, research being undertaken by the Angling Trust indicates that we could be unintentionally catching more than we bargained for whilst fishing overseas. Emily Smith, Angling Trust’s Invasive Species Manager, explains.


Tackling the threat of invasive non-native species

Published on: 27 March 2017

Invasive Species week 2017 takes place from March 27 until April 2. This is the third year Invasive Species Week has been running and it aims to bring organisations across Britain together, to raise awareness of invasive non-native species (INNS) and to inspire people to take action to prevent their spread.