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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 global path to a better environment starts at home

Published on: 5 June 2018

The Westminster Government is consulting on a new green watchdog and environmental principles. We need a strong watchdog with enforcement powers, and targets for nature's recovery, if the UK is to reverse nature's decline and be a world environmental leader.


National Parks review for the 21st century must take on urgent challenges

Published on: 29 May 2018

At the start of 2018, the Westminster Government published the long awaited 25 Year Environment Plan. Within its 151 pages, nestled snugly in the second chapter, is the promise of a 21st Century ‘Hobhouse’ Review of National Parks and AONBs in England.


Using water wisely: England's water infrastructure challenge

Published on: 25 May 2018

The National Infrastructure Commission’s role is to advise the Government on infrastructure needed up to 2050 in order to sustain economic growth, improve competitiveness and enhance our quality of life...


Turtles in a tangle

Published on: 23 May 2018

On World Turtle Day, World Animal Protection is calling on organisations who care for marine animals, our seas and coastal environments to be part of the solution to a global threat


British public want strong laws to protect the ocean after Brexit

Published on: 14 May 2018

Fishing has strong links to Britain’s identity and it has become a symbolic issue for Brexit withdrawal negotiations. The demands of the fishing industry in the UK often capture headlines, yet the voice of the British public also needs to be heard.


Discovering the forgotten UK habitat hiding in plain sight

Published on: 9 May 2018

Woodland pasture is a crucial habitat, full of life, but little known and little studied. Megan Gimber wants to give it the attention it deserves.


Putting housing over heritage threatens rural democracy and wildlife

Published on: 8 May 2018

The Campaign to Protect Rural England and the National Trust both recognise that a democratic planning system is crucial to delivering high quality housing in harmony with our natural heritage.


Embrace the dawn chorus

Published on: 4 May 2018

It’s half four in the morning and the sun is less than a suggestion beyond the eastern horizon, a deep blue ribbon crowning the distant trees. I’m standing on the dew-drenched grass of Idle Valley Nature Reserve, my local Wildlife Trust site. Before me a lake lies dormant...


Colouring our countryside: meadows and the Agriculture Bill

Published on: 3 May 2018

Ancient meadows have quietly disappeared from under our feet. Without the roar of chainsaws or the sound of mighty oaks crashing to the ground, sites with undisturbed floral histories going back generations can be lost in a single afternoon...


We need to fast forward to a net zero farming future

Published on: 2 May 2018

Climate disruption poses a major threat to farming and food production. Whether that’s unpredictable cold spring weather killing lambs, flooded fields, drought devastating crops, or worsening pest and disease problems, farmers are already bearing the brunt of an increasingly volatile climate, even here in the UK.