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Link Blog

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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Healthy Soils, Healthy Food, Healthy People

Published on: 3 December 2020

Jake Fiennes, Conservation Manager of the Holkham Estate, explains the historical importance of soil and his hope for a complete shift in our attitudes toward the stuff beneath our feet.


Grasping the low-hanging fruit: nitrogen reduction in soil

Published on: 2 December 2020

Julian Gold, farm manager of Hendred Estate in Oxfordshire, discusses nitrogen reduction and the importance of incentivising regenerative practices for soil health.


Rewilding the soil

Published on: 1 December 2020

Patrick Holden, Founding Director of the Sustainable Food Trust, discusses rewilding the soil, and how this should be a priority for restoring both soil biodiversity and the soil carbon bank.


Engaging farmers in the vital challenge of reversing the soil crisis

Published on: 30 November 2020

Helen Browning OBE, Chief Executive of the Soil Association, discusses the challenges facing our soils, and the actions required to engage farmers in tackling this crisis to ensure soil health.


Using pigs in conservation grazing

Published on: 26 November 2020

Andrea Parry-Jones of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust discusses the importance of native pigs in conservation grazing and land management.


The Spending Review leaves a lot to be desired for nature and for the economy

Published on: 25 November 2020

Hannah Conway, Policy Officer at Link examines the Spending Review commitments announced today and what they mean for nature.


We need less talk more action from UK governments on tackling whale and dolphin deaths in fishing gear

Published on: 24 November 2020

Sarah Dolman, Policy Manager at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, examines the progress made in tackling the issue of bycatch, and calls for further action to save the lives of dolphins, porpoises, and whales.


Local Nature Recovery Strategies - an opportunity to turn warm words into meaningful action

Published on: 19 November 2020

Matt Browne, Advocacy Lead at Wildlife and Countryside Link, writes on the potential for Local Nature Recovery Strategies to recover nature - if changes to the policy are made through the Environment Bill scrutiny process.


Leaky Loos - a water wasting scandal!

Published on: 19 November 2020

This World Toilet Day, Nathan Richardson of Waterwise reveals the growing problem with leaky loos, and discusses what can be done to address this huge waste of water.


Ensuring a sustainable future for water

Published on: 17 November 2020

As the water clauses of the Environment Bill are debated today, Rhiannon Niven of RSPB discusses this vital opportunity to strengthen measures in the Bill, and the need for urgent action and ambition to maintain and enhance our water environment.