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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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Adopting a humane approach to all species: Bug sentience

Published on: 7 July 2021

Buglife CEO Matt Shardlow writes on the need to take an inclusive approach to animal sentience, and to give the proposed Animal Sentience Committee a wide ranging remit.

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Guiding the restoration of our rare wildflower meadows

Published on: 5 July 2021

Honor Eldridge, Policy Lead (Farming) at Plantlife introduces their new Meadows' Hub after National Meadows Day.

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Wild Fish: the importance of scientific evidence, as well as cultural and community initiatives, in seeking to save wild salmon

Published on: 2 July 2021

Nick Measham, CEO at Salmon & Trout Conservation, introduces the new Wild Fish journal and explores why conserving salmon and other wild fish needs to be a problem 'owned by everyone'.

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Towards an effective environmental information infrastructure

Published on: 2 July 2021

Steve Whitbread of ALERC explains the current state of environmental data, why we're currently planning to fail, and what's needed for an effective environmental information infrastructure to support environmental policies.

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What legal change do we need for Nature to be truly protected?

Published on: 29 June 2021

Legal theorist Alex May invites campaigners to think big about legal change, and how it could enable nature to protect itself.

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When will the government realise that National Parks hold the key to tackling climate change?

Published on: 24 June 2021

Anita Konrad, Chief Executive of Campaign for National Parks

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Planning should be at the heart of reaching net zero

Published on: 22 June 2021

Ensuring that we have a planning system which integrates climate and environment objectives will be crucial to meeting the UK’s ambitions on these issues, says Signe Norberg, Head of Public Affairs and Communications at the Aldersgate Group.

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The route to success for new Highly Protected Marine Areas

Published on: 18 June 2021

Responding to the announcement that the Government will pilot Highly Protected Marine Areas, Gareth Cunningham, Co-Chair of the Link Marine Group, explains why this is an important development for marine policy and how they can be successfully delivered to best protect the marine environment

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We need to talk about ALAN

Published on: 17 June 2021

David Smith, Social Change and Advocacy Officer at Buglife explains how excessive Artificial Lighting At Night (ALAN) is contributing to the nature crisis, and how ALAN needs to change to protect nature's night shift.

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Chemical pollution, the other driver of the nature crisis

Published on: 16 June 2021

Dr Francesca Bevan (Marine Conservation Society) & Dr Julie Schneider (CHEM Trust) discuss what we know-and what we don't- about the damage chemical pollution is doing to UK marine & freshwater wildlife, with a look ahead to the UK Chemicals Strategy

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