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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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Take action for wildlife on #CleanAirDay

Published on: 20 June 2019

Jenny Hawley, Senior Policy Officer at Plantlife, calls for faster progress in delivering the Clean Air Strategy’s aim of cutting ammonia emissions to protect wildlife and people.


Marine litter: Do something drastic, cut the plastic!

Published on: 19 June 2019

Seamus Girvan, a placement student at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, highlights the work needed to tackle the scourge of marine litter pollution in Irish and UK seas through the UK Marine Strategy.


The battle of contaminated UK seas has not yet been won

Published on: 18 June 2019

We all wish that chemical pollution of the ocean was ancient history, and that it no longer represented a threat to UK marine wildlife and to the consumption of seafood, but sadly this is not the case.


Future of UK seabirds on a cliff edge

Published on: 14 June 2019

RSPB's Gareth Cunningham highlights the plight of UK seabirds and pushes for urgent action in the UK Marine Strategy


Going the extra mile for monitoring

Published on: 13 June 2019

Collecting more data is typically not the top choice when allocating resources for conserving our water environments. But, what if data could do more than just sit in a spreadsheet? What if data could become the thing that connects and drives both local grass-roots management and top-down regulation? At Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) we are launching SmartRivers, an initiative that does just that.


UK Governments must seize opportunity to make fisheries truly sustainable

Published on: 12 June 2019

Sarah Denman from Client Earth calls on UK Governments to make UK Fisheries truly sustainable through the UK Marine Strategy and a strong Fisheries Bill.


Auditing Defra’s future farming programme: a crucial moment for farming and nature

Published on: 6 June 2019

Alice Groom reflects on yesterday’s National Audit Office report on Defra’s future farming and land management programme.


Safeguarding our seafloors

Published on: 4 June 2019

Calum Duncan reflects on the UK Governments’ failure to safeguard Scotland, and the UKs seabeds, as announced in the UK Marine Strategy and explores whether current conservation measures are sufficient to recover Scotland’s depleted seabed.


Marine Protected Areas – more than just lines on a map?

Published on: 31 May 2019

Government have announcement 41 new Marine Conservation Zones so Penny Nelson from WWF discusses the management tools that can be used to ensure the new sites don't just become 'paper parks'


Mend Our Mountains

Published on: 22 May 2019

With underfunding, rising visitor pressure, and extreme weather creating a ‘perfect storm’ of problems for our National Parks, this National Walking Month Carey Davies from the British Mountaineering Council explores how we fix a problem like mending our mountains.