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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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Turning Brexit into an environmental opportunity

Published on: 19 July 2016

The outcome of the referendum left many environmentalists feeling doubtful and demoralised. The implications for science, for law, and for investing in nature are serious.


UK science faces huge uncertainty post-Brexit

Published on: 14 July 2016

There are two key steps that the new Government can take to mitigate the risks to UK science posed by Brexit: protecting the free movement of researchers, and maintaining access to European research funding. Let’s be clear: this can be achieved outside of the EU. Non-member states, for example Norway, can participate in EU funding programmes as “associated countries”, paying into the programme and receiving access on the same terms. Yet full “associated” status requires acceptance of free movement of people: will this be acceptable to the new UK government, or will a new, unique relationship need to be negotiated?


Trees mean better business for farming and the environment

Published on: 4 July 2016

There is no doubt that the farming and food sectors face great uncertainty following the EU Referendum result as does the environment. At a time of change, trees are a strong symbol of permanence. And, the good news is that well-placed trees can be an integral and valued part of profitable farming businesses. They can provide: shade, shelter, water & pollution management, soil protection (erosion), pollination, integrated pest management and product diversification. Whilst at the same time helping to improve the biodiversity and connectivity of the natural landscape.


Unifying people and communities through nature

Published on: 30 June 2016

If we can inspire communities to take action for nature, we can give people a reason to feel inspired and give wildlife a desperately needed helping hand in some of the most deprived places.


Fight For Nature

Published on: 24 June 2016

The decision to leave the European Union could be a disaster for the natural environment in the UK with repercussions for the rest of the world. We must fight to make sure that it’s not.


Every child should experience nature

Published on: 22 June 2016

Every child matters and every child should have the opportunity to experience nature for themselves.


Imagine a future where....

Published on: 20 June 2016

Recently, Martin Harper, Director of Conservation at the RSPB, spoke at a Westminster Forum seminar on the future of policy on biodiversity and natural capital in the UK. Here is the vision he set out for the Government’s 25 Year Plan on the Environment.


Unnecessary change will emasculate environmental law

Published on: 14 June 2016

The Government has recently consulted on proposals to change cost rules for environmental Judicial Review (JR). If introduced, these changes would create profound difficulties for the nature of charity funding, and their cumulative effect will be to deter all but the very rich from pursuing environmental cases.