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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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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.


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.


Bringing Rights Home – The Environmental Rights Bill

Published on: 11 July 2023

Professor Carolyn Abbot (University of Manchester) and Professor Maria Lee (University College London) set out how the Environmental Rights Bill could shape an environmentally democratic culture.


The case for an Environmental Rights Bill

Published on: 4 July 2023

Carol Day, Consultant Solicitor for the RSPB and co-chair of Wildlife and Countryside Link Legal group, Dave Timms, Head of Political Affairs, Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), David Wolfe KC and Kate Cook of Matrix Chambers, consider why the UK needs an Environmental Rights Bill, what the key elements of the proposed Bill are and the next steps.


Keep Beavering away!

Published on: 29 June 2023

Professor Alastair Driver, Director of Rewilding Britain, calls out delays holding back the benefits of beaver reintroduction.


“A goal without a plan is just a wish”: How updated Management Plans for protected landscapes can drive nature recovery

Published on: 22 June 2023

Campaign for National Parks, National Trust, the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, and Wildlife and Countryside Link write together to send a clear message to the UK Government, Natural England and the protected landscape bodies about what Management Plans for National Parks and AONBs need to contain if they are to drive nature’s recovery.


Where is our water coming from?

Published on: 15 June 2023

Where is our water coming from? WildFish Deputy CEO Janina Gray and Water Policy Officer James Overington discuss the launch of their new campaign.


How can the Government 'level up' access to nature for everyone?

Published on: 13 June 2023

As the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill nears its final stages, Rebecca Pullinger from the Woodland Trust and Chair of the Link Land Use Planning Group explores what it means to ‘level up’ nature.


Green Space Index finds more access to local parks required

Published on: 9 June 2023

Fields in Trust updated the Green Space Index yesterday. Maxwell Patterson, Policy and Communications Officer, writes about the GSI's findings and what the Government can do to ensure all people have access to parks and greenspaces within a 10 minute walk of home.


Natural capital: The view from a small family farm

Published on: 9 June 2023

Robert Fraser, Herefordshire farmer and Executive Director of the Real Farming Trust, on how markets for nature will favour big landowners and allow companies to continue to offset harmful practices while the most biodiverse farms are being forced to intensify or give up