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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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A call for a truly ambitious Seabird Conservation Strategy

Published on: 7 June 2021

Ahead of World Ocean Day, Jacques Villemot, Marine Policy Officer at RSPB, explains the international importance of the UK's seabird populations and calls for an ambitious Seabird Conservation Strategy to be delivered by Government

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The three essential features of a State of Nature target

Published on: 3 June 2021

Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife & Countryside Link, sets out three critical features the Government must include in the new Environment Bill wildlife target if it is to match the State of Nature ambition supported by over 180,000 people and 60 nature charities.

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Bovine TB plans are still bad news for badgers

Published on: 2 June 2021

Dawn Varley, Acting CEO at Badger Trust, discusses the next phase of the bovine TB strategy, what this means for badgers, and what action is needed to truly benefit both cattle and badgers in tackling bovine TB.

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INNS impacts on the UK's offshore islands

Published on: 28 May 2021

Laura Bambini, Seabird Recovery Officer at RSPB Scotland, discusses the impacts of invasive non-native species on UK offshore islands, and shares how conservationists are working to tackle the threats posed to our seabirds.

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Will the Environment Bill weaken legal protection for sites and species?

Published on: 27 May 2021

Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife & Countryside Link, analyses the Government's amendments to the Habitats Regulations

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The Environmental Assessment we need

Published on: 27 May 2021

Simon Marsh of the RSPB identifies key principles for an effective environmental assessment system and highlights three good practice examples in light of MHCLG's review of environmental assessment.

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Invasion of the Bug and Fly Snatchers

Published on: 27 May 2021

Tom Hunt, National Coordinator at ALERC, explores the importance of recording and reporting for tackling invasive non-native species.

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England Trees Action Plan: Welcome measures, but long term vision needed

Published on: 26 May 2021

Andrew Allen of the Woodland Trust assesses the England Trees Action Plan launched last week and sets out the next steps needed to make sure trees and woods deliver for nature and climate.

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Invasive Non-Native Species & Horticulture

Published on: 26 May 2021

Dr Matt Elliot of Woodland Trust and David Smith of Buglife explore the connection between horticulture and INNS, and share how we can get involved to help stop the spread from our very own gardens.

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Biosecurity in action: How effective is hot water pressurised spray to prevent the spread of INNS?

Published on: 25 May 2021

Steph Bradbeer, PhD Student at the University of Leeds, shares the results of her study investigating how hot water sprays can prevent the spread of INNS, and what this means for biosecurity in action.

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