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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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A World Oceans Day to remember

Published on: 9 June 2020

This year it was a World Oceans Day to remember with the publication of the Link ocean recovery manifesto and a webinar exploring how we deliver a blue recovery. Link's Marine Policy & Campaigns Manager summarises the day


A small change, but a big impact for people, animals and the planet

Published on: 5 June 2020

Emily Wilson, Head of Programmes at Four Paws UK introduces their new campaign #LiveKinder; a campaign to end wildlife trade, ending the dog and cat meat trade, ending factory farming and promoting meat reduction, and finally encouraging responsible pet ownership during and after ‘lockdown’


Counting your lucky stars?

Published on: 4 June 2020

Do you remember when you last saw a starry night sky? It’s one of the most magical experiences the countryside can offer but for many people, it is a rare sight. This is because of light pollution.


Why we need to change course if we are to restore our waters

Published on: 3 June 2020

Today Blueprint for Water publishes its latest policy document: Changing Courses. Mark Lloyd, Rivers Trust, explains why we need to change course to make sure the 25YEP creates a resilient future for water.


Urgent action needed to stop porpoises dying in nets in UK seas

Published on: 2 June 2020

Sarah Dolman, Whale and Dolphin Conservation policy manager, explains why so many porpoises are dying in nets in UK waters, why this is preventable, and how we can stop more than a thousand porpoises dying painful deaths each year.


Setting the new environmental land management scheme in England up for success

Published on: 1 June 2020

Whilst Defra is in the process of designing the new environmental land management (ELM) scheme, we consider what lessons can be learned from past schemes. This is the first in a series of blogs setting out our shared views on the scheme’s objectives, design, and content to inform Defra’s thinking.


Putting equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of eNGOs

Published on: 29 May 2020

Amy Padfield, Education & Engagement Manager at the British Ecological Society, discusses the questions being tackled by a new Link working group which aims for equality to be considered at every level within environmental organisations.


Ivory ban challenge, dismissed for a second time

Published on: 20 May 2020

Yesterday was a great day for elephants; an appeal against the Ivory Act was dismissed. We are thankful for the Court’s decision to value the lives of elephants above the interests of those who want to profit from ivory.


We need a tree strategy for England that delivers for carbon, nature and people

Published on: 19 May 2020

An England Tree Strategy (ETS) is expected to be published for consultation in the coming weeks. It’s a huge opportunity for Defra to show that trees and woods are not just carbon sponges waiting to be planted, but an integral part of the landscape, helping form networks of habitats and making our towns and cities better and more resilient places to live.


Brits count down the days until they can get back to the coast

Published on: 14 May 2020

Long time no sea: Beach loving Brits count down the days until they're reunited with the coasts according to new survey results from Surfers Against Sewage.