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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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We need an ambitious 25 year plan for food and farming

Published on: 20 April 2016

The government’s forthcoming 25 year plan for food and farming represents a great opportunity to look ahead and ask what we want from the future food system. The 25 year time-frame means looking beyond this government, or the next round of CAP reform, and considering how agriculture will adapt to dramatic changes – from new technology to climatic change.

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Engaging people living with dementia, and their carers, with nature

Published on: 18 April 2016

As human beings we all need contact and connection with the outdoors, with fresh air and nature in all its various forms. A raft of evidence tells us what we intuitively know to be true: that activity and simply getting outdoors is good for us; and people with dementia are no different.

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The 25 Year Plan for the environment has to succeed

Published on: 14 April 2016

Nature, with all of its infinite wonder, diversity and richness, underpins our society, economy, and human wellbeing. It’s at the heart of what makes life worth living. But our wildlife and ecosystems have been greatly diminished through human actions in the pursuit of other seemingly more important goals and ambitions.

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Saving Water through WaterSocial

Published on: 13 April 2016

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It’s time to tackle wildlife cybercrime

Published on: 18 March 2016

In recent years we have seen a shift in the use of social media platforms and online marketplaces which are being used to trade in endangered species, sometimes cutting out the middle man. This form of trading is often seen as low risk and difficult to detect and any new enforcement regulation from Defra needs to consider how we tackle cybercrime.

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Let's listen to communities and protect wildlife & countryside when developing land

Published on: 11 March 2016

We are asking the Government to ensure that, in the drive to find more small sites for development and other land for housing, the views of the local community as expressed in local plans are given more weight, and that local heritage, wildlife and our special countryside has the right level of protection.

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Investing in the environment will promote economic prosperity

Published on: 10 March 2016

There are many things the Chancellor of the Exchequer could do to promote environmental sustainability that would be really good for the economy, and could even save the Treasury money! Environmentally sound economics makes simple common sense – now we just need the Chancellor to realise that.

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INNS week: why it makes sense to "Check, Clean and Dry"

Published on: 4 March 2016

There has been a lot of discussion lately on Invasive Non-native Species (INNS). Whereas their impacts on wildlife globally are a huge issue for biodiversity, some commentators see the introduction of non-native species as not entirely negative, or, indeed, a positive environmental benefit. The most recent broad scientific analysis of wildlife trends overall, however, identifies the impact of INNS as the second most important driver of global extinctions of plants, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals since 1500 - and the most common current threat associated with vertebrate extinctions.

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Prevent, eradicate and control: A three-tiered approach to tackling INNS

Published on: 4 March 2016

The three-tiered approach of prevention, early detection and rapid removal, and long-term management and control is the guiding principle of the European Union Convention on Biological Diversity and it is widely used across the world to tackle invasive species.

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Tackling invasive plants crowding out native species in the New Forest

Published on: 3 March 2016

Parrot’s feather originates from Central and South America and was first found in the wild in 1960. The plant is now threatening wetlands in the New Forest and is crowding out native species. Work is underway to remove this invasive non-native plant from the New Forest to benefit wetlands and the native species that rely on them. Now with ‘Invasive Species Week’ in the UK running until 6 March, homeowners are being asked to help by not disposing of parrot’s feather and other aquatic garden plants in the wild.

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