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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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Suffering salmon: A temperature-gauge for our worryingly low water-flow

Published on: 27 November 2018

What would a third dry winter mean for wildlife and habitats? Worryingly low water flows are of major concern to much wildlife, particularly salmon which rely on flowing rivers to travel to estuaries to spawn.


A Zero Carbon Countryside

Published on: 22 November 2018

Action on the very real threats posed by climate change is not only necessary but unavoidable in order to safeguard the countryside, communities and planet we depend on.


Better implementation and enforcement of nature laws needed

Published on: 19 November 2018

Attempts to weaken our nature laws are nothing new. The recent Red Tape Initiative review shows that the problem lies not with our nature laws but with the enforcement and implementation of them. We must use this information to ensure our governments listen and take the action recommended.


Protecting our waters could bring our threatened animals back from the brink

Published on: 9 November 2018

Sturgeons are one of the most threatened animals in the world. But protecting, and enhancing the use of, our water protection laws could bring these creatures back from the brink and perhaps even back to the UK.


Prioritising UK Wildlife Crime

Published on: 8 November 2018

Wildlife is in crisis. According to the Living Planet report, published recently by Link member organisations WWF and ZSL, the world has lost 60% of its wild animals since 1970.


Wanted: the Orange-spotted emerald - stolen from future generations

Published on: 7 November 2018

Tough standards, protections, and investment resulting from our strong water laws might have saved the striking Orange-spotted emerald dragonfly from extinction in the UK, but these protections for our rivers and streams are now under threat.


Keeping a flash of blue a treasured sight on our riverbanks

Published on: 6 November 2018

Our rivers, lakes and wetlands are vital habitats for many of the UK’s iconic wildlife species such as kingfishers and otters. Yet our efforts over the last 20 years to improve the quality of our aquatic habitats could be compromised.


Philip Hammond must get drastic on plastic in the autumn budget

Published on: 25 October 2018

Philip Hammond received a record response to the Treasury consultation on tackling plastic pollution earlier this year, but will he deliver on his promises for action in the Budget next week?


The customer's voice as a tool to protect the environment

Published on: 11 October 2018

Ofwat is bringing the customer voice to the heart of the water industry. We know people care about their rivers and environment, and we must make sure that the environment is not a victim of the customer engagement process.


Clean Water - the vital ingredient

Published on: 9 October 2018

How do you like a cold beer in summer, a wee dram in winter, or even a vodka or a gin? Clean and plentiful water has a very important role to play in our taste and enjoyment of such beverages.