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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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Changing minds and money

Published on: 1 February 2021

Hannah Conway, Policy Officer at Wildlife and Countryside Link, writes on the shift in economic thinking around the true value of nature ahead of the publication of the Dasgupta Review on the 'Economics of Biodiversity'.


2021: The year of the hare

Published on: 29 January 2021

Matt Browne, Advocacy Lead at Wildlife and Countryside Link, writes on the opportunity to recover brown hare populations - and to rediscover an ancient symbol of hope.


Environment Bill: the missing "state of nature" clause

Published on: 25 January 2021

Richard Benwell, CEO at Wildlife and Countryside Link, writes in support of a "state of nature" amendment to the Environment Bill.


Where is the England Peat Strategy?

Published on: 18 January 2021

?Jenny Hawley, Policy Manager at Plantlife, Paul De Zylva, Senior Nature Campaigner at Friends of the Earth , Ali Morse, Water Policy Manager at The Wildlife Trusts and Chris Corrigan, Policy Coordinator at Butterfly Conservation outline what they would like to see from an England Peat Strategy.


Poisoning the Environment to Make Ourselves Ill?

Published on: 11 January 2021

Professor Dave Goulson responds to the emergency authorisation of neonicotinoid insecticides for sugar beet farmers in England this year.


Hope for our farming future

Published on: 6 January 2021

Georgie Bray, farm manager at RSPB Hope Farm, details how simple but effective changes there have created a wildlife boom, and the huge benefits for nature we could see if sustainable farming policy works well for our nation's farmers.


Bats in churches: midnight en masse

Published on: 21 December 2020

Claire Boothby, Training and Survey Officer for Bats in Churches, explains why churches are vital habitats for bats and why the belfry isn't their favourite place!


Will Biodiversity Net Gain improve English biodiversity? Results from the first evaluation of Net Gain, and what's next

Published on: 21 December 2020

Sophus zu Ermgassen and Dr Joseph Bull, researchers at the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent, discuss what the impacts of mandatory Net Gain are likely to be and what environmental groups need to think about next.


World Soils Day: when is good soil management a public good?

Published on: 4 December 2020

Martin Lines, Chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network, discusses where the line should be drawn between soil as a private good and soil as a public good.?


Natural carbon-capturers - the neglected weapon in the climate fight

Published on: 3 December 2020

Imogen Cripps, Policy Officer at Wildlife and Countryside Link, discusses why protecting and restoring natural ecosystems should be key part of the UKs plans to meet emissions reduction targets.