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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 Nod to a New Environmental Protection Act

Published on: 16 November 2017

Yesterday whilst debating amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, Oliver Letwin MP, with a nod of approval from Michael Gove, announced a new Environmental Protection Act. This is a significant step, and indeed, has long been requested by environmental organisations.


Why we must enhance England’s landscapes

Published on: 9 November 2017

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of brisk walks across Dartmoor, panting after running up the highest hill, only for the expansive views to further take my breath away. A landscape with the power to invoke such emotional and sentimental responses is worth protecting. The 25-Year Environment Plan must contain measures to do this.


Will Michael Gove set a green gold standard?

Published on: 3 November 2017

Mr Gove gave two important answers to the Environmental Audit Committee this week: he will consult on a new institution to hold Government to account for environmental delivery post-Brexit; and he believes that the principles of environmental law can be properly upheld by guidance.


Threatened wildlife gets much-needed lifeline at international Convention

Published on: 31 October 2017

Nations agree to collaborate in tackling decline of lions, leopards, giraffes, chimps and more.


Non-Native Invaders – A Brexit Risk or Opportunity?

Published on: 18 October 2017

What I love about nature is its variety. Species evolve together and when one species evolves in a way that gives it an advantage, sooner or later another species evolves in a way that takes away that advantage. It’s this continual process of adaptation and counter-adaption that stops any one species dominating all others, leaving plenty of species for us to enjoy! But will this continue?


The Withdrawal Bill: Why our voices must be heard

Published on: 18 October 2017

It seems that the only game in town at the moment is Brexit. One could forgive people for getting a little tired of this occupying so much political space. The thing is, this IS really important and although the EU (Withdrawal) Bill sounds as though it could be the driest piece of legislation on this earth, it is in fact of the most fundamental importance.


Extinction and Livestock conference: linking food, farming and nature

Published on: 13 October 2017

We need to improve the way we tell the story of where our food comes from and the impact this has: on our health, on the animals raised for our consumption, and on the rest of the planet and the species which inhabit it. This is a prerequisite for persuading anyone be they individuals, food companies, farmers or policy-makers that things need to change.


Farmers Clustered, NGOs standing united. We’re all ready.

Published on: 12 October 2017

Well, here we all are, at a massive point of opportunity for co-ordinated delivery for the environment. Following on from Richard Benwell’s blog which stated ‘the environment sector must also stand united’, this week marks the first conference on Farmer Clusters hosted by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and Natural England.