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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 International Whaling Commission: Conservation in the 21st Century

Published on: 31 August 2018

As governments, scientists and NGOs from around the world prepare for the 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission in early September, in Brazil, Mark Simmonds OBE, Senior Marine Scientist at Humane Society International, describes the IWC’s increasingly valuable role in defending biodiversity and the world’s oceans.


Whaling without purpose: The unjustifiable commercial pursuit of peaceful ocean giants

Published on: 29 August 2018

As governments, scientists and NGOs from around the world prepare for the 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Brazil, Juliet Phillips, Oceans Campaigner at the Environmental Investigation Agency, explores why commercial whaling must stay well and truly in the past.


Judicial review – a blunt tool for badger protection

Published on: 28 August 2018

On 15 August, the High Court handed down a dispiriting judgment in a Judicial Review (JR) challenging the lawfulness of the Government’s policy of “supplementary” badger culling and the licences issued under it by Natural England (NE)...


It’s time to act now or never for British wildlife. Caring is not enough.

Published on: 17 August 2018

During this year's Bioblitz, we clocked up a notable 4828 different species, many new to the sites, the county and a couple new to the country! We celebrated the enormous and valuable species richness of the UK’s wildlife. But there was a downside...


Time to stop cheating cheetahs

Published on: 8 August 2018

Today is International Cat Day, a day when we celebrate our feline friends. While much attention will be focused on domestic cats living in our homes, spare a thought for their wild cousins, especially those iconic big cats that still roam our planet...


Will Government take the chance to deliver on its promises for the environment?

Published on: 7 August 2018

This is our opportunity to ensure that environmental protection is maintained and enforced post Brexit. It is also a once in a lifetime opportunity to make the UK a world leader in protecting our environment.


Celebrating our seas in National Marine Week

Published on: 1 August 2018

Each year, The Wildlife Trusts hold National Marine Week to celebrate our wonderful seas and the amazing wildlife and habitats found beneath the waves.


Wildlife crime policing strategy a big step forward

Published on: 30 July 2018

On 25th July the UK Wildlife Crime Policing Strategy for 2018-2021 was launched at the Rural Crime Summit, hosted by North Yorkshire Police in Harrogate, alongside the Rural Affairs Strategy.


A whale too far for Icelandic whaling

Published on: 26 July 2018

There was global outcry this month when news broke that a supposed fin whale killed by Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf may in fact be a blue or blue/fin whale hybrid.


Change is on the horizon for National Parks

Published on: 23 July 2018

Our National Parks are incredible assets to the economy, to our wellbeing and to our wildlife. But this year’s National Parks Week comes at a time of uncertainty about what the future holds for these important areas.