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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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Setting the new environmental land management scheme in England up for success

Published on: 1 June 2020

Whilst Defra is in the process of designing the new environmental land management (ELM) scheme, we consider what lessons can be learned from past schemes. This is the first in a series of blogs setting out our shared views on the scheme’s objectives, design, and content to inform Defra’s thinking.


Putting equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of eNGOs

Published on: 29 May 2020

Amy Padfield, Education & Engagement Manager at the British Ecological Society, discusses the questions being tackled by a new Link working group which aims for equality to be considered at every level within environmental organisations.


Ivory ban challenge, dismissed for a second time

Published on: 20 May 2020

Yesterday was a great day for elephants; an appeal against the Ivory Act was dismissed. We are thankful for the Court’s decision to value the lives of elephants above the interests of those who want to profit from ivory.


We need a tree strategy for England that delivers for carbon, nature and people

Published on: 19 May 2020

An England Tree Strategy (ETS) is expected to be published for consultation in the coming weeks. It’s a huge opportunity for Defra to show that trees and woods are not just carbon sponges waiting to be planted, but an integral part of the landscape, helping form networks of habitats and making our towns and cities better and more resilient places to live.


Brits count down the days until they can get back to the coast

Published on: 14 May 2020

Long time no sea: Beach loving Brits count down the days until they're reunited with the coasts according to new survey results from Surfers Against Sewage.


High standards trade – protecting our planet

Published on: 13 May 2020

As the Agriculture Bill returns to the House of Commons today, a furore has erupted over future trade deals and policies, and the place of our environment, animal welfare and food safety standards in those.


What does Covid-19 mean for food, farming and nature?

Published on: 30 April 2020

As we contemplate week six of lockdown, Covid-19 continues to shine an unforgiving light on the inequity of the global food system and its consequences for nature and people.