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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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To improve water quality, we need high quality environmental data

Published on: 19 August 2020

Jodie Le Marquand, Policy and Information Coordinator at Wildlife and Countryside Link, highlights the missing water data hindering efforts to improve the health of England’s waters.

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Democratising the environment - access to information is at its core

Published on: 18 August 2020

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA, highlights the environmental and democratic potential of Local Environmental Improvement Plans.

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Meeting biodiversity information needs - linking up local delivery with national monitoring

Published on: 17 August 2020

Steve Whitbread and Tom Hunt set out why the Environment Bill needs to be supported by effective information provision, and local-to-national integration.

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The importance of setting standards to support Environment Bill delivery

Published on: 13 August 2020

CIEEM’s Chief Executive, Sally Hayns, suggests that, with the forthcoming adoption of a new Environment Bill, it is even more important that we set clear expectations of environmental standards.

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Using data to conserve species – what we’re learning from ‘newt counting’

Published on: 12 August 2020

Tony Gent, Chief Executive Officer at Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, reflects on lessons learned from data work around great crested newts.

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The importance of species’ status data in developing strategies and plans

Published on: 11 August 2020

Fiona Burns, Senior Conservation Scientist at the RSPB’s Centre for Conservation Science reflects on the vital importance of species monitoring and recording.

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The Environment Bill: Importance of Information

Published on: 10 August 2020

Jo Judge, CEO of the National Biodiversity Network, starts off Link's environmental information week with a blog on the need for high quality environmental data to underpin the recovery of nature.

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A National Nature Service

Published on: 10 August 2020

Richard Benwell, CEO at Wildlife and Countryside Link, explains why a National Nature Service makes economic and environmental sense

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Planning for nature: can zonal planning deliver the 25 Year Environment Plan?

Published on: 7 August 2020

Richard Benwell, CEO at Wildlife and Countryside Link, reflects on the Governments proposals for planning reform

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The first starling - we can all play our part in protecting nature

Published on: 31 July 2020

James Benwell, Trainee Conservation Officer with the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, reflects on how actions of a single individual can create a lasting legacy for nature and people.

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