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Link Blog

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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Future of UK seabirds on a cliff edge

Published on: 14 June 2019

RSPB's Gareth Cunningham highlights the plight of UK seabirds and pushes for urgent action in the UK Marine Strategy


Going the extra mile for monitoring

Published on: 13 June 2019

Collecting more data is typically not the top choice when allocating resources for conserving our water environments. But, what if data could do more than just sit in a spreadsheet? What if data could become the thing that connects and drives both local grass-roots management and top-down regulation? At Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) we are launching SmartRivers, an initiative that does just that.


UK Governments must seize opportunity to make fisheries truly sustainable

Published on: 12 June 2019

Sarah Denman from Client Earth calls on UK Governments to make UK Fisheries truly sustainable through the UK Marine Strategy and a strong Fisheries Bill.


Auditing Defra’s future farming programme: a crucial moment for farming and nature

Published on: 6 June 2019

Alice Groom reflects on yesterday’s National Audit Office report on Defra’s future farming and land management programme.


Safeguarding our seafloors

Published on: 4 June 2019

Calum Duncan reflects on the UK Governments’ failure to safeguard Scotland, and the UKs seabeds, as announced in the UK Marine Strategy and explores whether current conservation measures are sufficient to recover Scotland’s depleted seabed.


Marine Protected Areas – more than just lines on a map?

Published on: 31 May 2019

Government have announcement 41 new Marine Conservation Zones so Penny Nelson from WWF discusses the management tools that can be used to ensure the new sites don't just become 'paper parks'


Mend Our Mountains

Published on: 22 May 2019

With underfunding, rising visitor pressure, and extreme weather creating a ‘perfect storm’ of problems for our National Parks, this National Walking Month Carey Davies from the British Mountaineering Council explores how we fix a problem like mending our mountains.


There can be no 'business as normal'

Published on: 20 May 2019

Faced with a climatic and ecological crisis, there can be no ‘business as normal’ if we want our countryside to survive.


Save our Seabirds from Island Invaders

Published on: 17 May 2019

Many of our most important seabird breeding colonies are on islands that are naturally free of mammalian predators such as rats, stoats and mink. A new partnership project, Biosecurity for LIFE, aims to protect these precious sites and their seabirds from the impacts of invaders.


Forest foes: the invaders threatening our wonderful woodlands

Published on: 16 May 2019

Invasive non-native species threaten the wildlife in our native woodlands and the economics of commercial forestry. Addressing these threats is an important element of a wider approach to responsible forest management.