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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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Improving evidence use in ecological mitigation for protected species

Published on: 17 August 2021

Ecological mitigation measures are widely applied tools to reconcile development with the protection of threatened species - but less than half of the measures recommended for development are actually supported by evidence. Bronwen Hunter, PhD student at the University of Sussex, outlines the findings and recommendations from her research to improve species-based mitigation.


Regional Water Resources Planning - why it’s important & what we want to see

Published on: 9 August 2021

Ali Morse, Nathan Richardson and Ellie Ward set out Blueprint for Water's top asks for the Regional Water Resources Plans, and explain why regional water resources management is so important for people and nature.


Protecting our blue spaces this summer

Published on: 26 July 2021

David Dangerfield, Environment Agency Director for Water, Land and Biodiversity, introduces the Water Warriors campaign and explains how we can all play a part in protecting our blue spaces this summer.


Why we need to rethink burning trees for electricity

Published on: 21 July 2021

Sasha Stashwick, Senior Advocate at NRDC explains why reliance on large-scale biomass-burning in the UK to meet net zero risks exacerbating the nature and climate crises, and why Government should redirect biomass subsidies to real renewables like wind and solar.


Shaping local food systems to deliver for people and nature

Published on: 14 July 2021

Marcus Nyman, Senior Policy Officer at RSPB writes about how local food systems benefit communities and nature though shorter, decentralised supply chains, more diverse agroecological production systems, independent producers and retailers, and a greater farmer-focus.


Securing the full traceability of pets across Europe

Published on: 13 July 2021

Joana Fernandes, FOUR PAWS UK Investigations Consultant, writes about new proposals to exclude illegal puppy dealers from the UK market


Demanding more for the water environment

Published on: 8 July 2021

Nathan Richardson, Head of Policy at Waterwise, shares his thoughts on the recent water demand announcement and the ambition required to meaningfully reduce the impact of our water consumption on the environment.