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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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The House of Lords is debating whether leopards and elephants should be ‘harvested’ as hunting trophies

Published on: 8 September 2023

Claire Bass, Senior Director Campaigns and Public Affairs at Humane Society International - UK, writes on the need for the Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill to pass its final stages in the House of Lords.

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Nutrient negativity: the Government is planning to weaken legal protection for rivers

Published on: 30 August 2023

The Government is proposing amendments to the Habitats Regulations that would disapply requirements for “nutrient neutrality” in sensitive river catchments.

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Making Biodiversity Net Gain a success

Published on: 23 August 2023

As the final pieces of regulations and guidance are being developed in advance of BNG becoming mandatory for most development in England there are a number of rules that need to be made clear for BNG to be a success - Rebecca Pullinger of the Woodland Trust and Chair of the Land Use Planning Group writes.

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Toxic tides, troubled whales: the toll of chemical pollution

Published on: 22 August 2023

A new report from Whale and Dolphin Conservation has brought together what is known about the harmful effects of chemical pollution on whales, porpoises and dolphins, highlighting the threats and making recommendations for necessary changes needed to combat chemical pollution in our seas.

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Wildlife and Countryside Link publishes its first Bioenergy Position Statement

Published on: 11 August 2023

Bioenergy means many things: turning energy crops into fuels for cars; using manure on farms to generate gas; and burning imported wood pellets in power plants that used to burn coal. In the UK this use of wood for generating electricity is one of the biggest concerns, and is the focus of Link’s new Position Statement. Burning wood for bioenergy - which looks set to continue into the future - harms the climate and nature.

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Adapting to a changing climate – UK public concerned, but is government paying proper attention?

Published on: 17 July 2023

Ahead of the release of the government's third National Adaptation Programme, Paul de Zylva from Friends of the Earth and Kathryn Brown from The Wildlife Trusts ask if it will match rising public concern about how the changing climate is affecting our lives and the environment and set out what Link members would like to see included in the plan.

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How a mini-wetland revolution could help UK wildlife beat the heat and boost urban biodiversity

Published on: 14 July 2023

With soaring summer temperatures just firing up, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) wants as many people as possible across the UK to build their own mini-wetlands to help local wildlife. Communications and Campaigns Manager Penny Read explains what mini-wetlands are, what they do for us and nature, and how you can help

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Our enigmatic seals are poorly protected by UK legislation, we’re supporting MPs’ recommendations to address this

Published on: 13 July 2023

Parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has published an important new report on ‘Protecting Marine Mammals in the UK and Abroad’. The committee of MPs have made a number of recommendations for enhancing legislative protections for marine mammals. In the second of our blogs in response to the report, Sue Sayer MBE Founder and Director of the Seal Research Trust, explores the committee’s ‘strong endorsement’ of proposals that “seals be added to the list of species in Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act to protect them from reckless disturbance”.

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Parliamentary Inquiry Exposes Government's Inadequate Protection for Marine Mammals, Identifying Bycatch as the Primary Menace

Published on: 13 July 2023

Parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has published an important new report on ‘Protecting Marine Mammals in the UK and Abroad’. The committee of MPs have made a number of recommendations for enhancing legislative protections for marine mammals. In the first of our blogs in response to the report, Bianca Cisternino, Bycatch coordinator at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, explores the committee’s findings on bycatch.

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Lead ammunition ban: Ongoing delay means ongoing harm

Published on: 12 July 2023

Lead ammunition continues to pollute the countryside, to cause animal suffering and to risk human health. A ban is urgently needed.

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