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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 invisible threat of chemical pollution

Published on: 17 July 2019

CHEM Trust discuss the Environment Audit Committees new report on ‘Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life’ and how it highlights the urgent action needed to protect our natural environment from chemical pollution.


Michael Gove asks: If not now, when?

Published on: 16 July 2019

This morning, Environment Secretary Michael Gove addressed key stakeholders at Kew Gardens. He gave a detailed account of Defra's work and vision for the environment, and asked if not now, to tackle climate change and reverse nature’s decline, then when?


Reversing the loss of biodiversity - what does it mean for the countryside?

Published on: 1 July 2019

What is driving our living world to the brink and what can be done? Mair Floyd-Bosley, Campaigns and Policy Assistant, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) explores the key changes needed to transform our future so people and nature thrive together.


What's really going on with Japan's return to commercial whaling

Published on: 28 June 2019

With Japan due to resume commercial whaling on the 1st July, Mark Simmonds, Chair of the Link Whales Group and Senior Marine Scientist at HSI International, fills us in on how it came to this.


Farmers and conservationists on the same page about a brighter farming future

Published on: 24 June 2019

Farmers and conservationists are often seen as opposing sides in the discussion over our environmental and farming future. But with a comprehensive survey of farmers’ attitudes to changes in future Government policy showing we’re largely on the same page, is now the time to write a new chapter where nature and farming thrive together.


Take action for wildlife on #CleanAirDay

Published on: 20 June 2019

Jenny Hawley, Senior Policy Officer at Plantlife, calls for faster progress in delivering the Clean Air Strategy’s aim of cutting ammonia emissions to protect wildlife and people.


Marine litter: Do something drastic, cut the plastic!

Published on: 19 June 2019

Seamus Girvan, a placement student at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, highlights the work needed to tackle the scourge of marine litter pollution in Irish and UK seas through the UK Marine Strategy.


The battle of contaminated UK seas has not yet been won

Published on: 18 June 2019

We all wish that chemical pollution of the ocean was ancient history, and that it no longer represented a threat to UK marine wildlife and to the consumption of seafood, but sadly this is not the case.


Future of UK seabirds on a cliff edge

Published on: 14 June 2019

RSPB's Gareth Cunningham highlights the plight of UK seabirds and pushes for urgent action in the UK Marine Strategy


Going the extra mile for monitoring

Published on: 13 June 2019

Collecting more data is typically not the top choice when allocating resources for conserving our water environments. But, what if data could do more than just sit in a spreadsheet? What if data could become the thing that connects and drives both local grass-roots management and top-down regulation? At Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) we are launching SmartRivers, an initiative that does just that.