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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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Energy planning improved but still doesn’t power nature’s recovery

Published on: 26 May 2023

Simon Marsh, formerly the RSPB’s Head of Nature Protection and now a freelance planning consultant, reflects on the key points raised in Link's response to the Government's recent consultation on energy National Policy Statements.

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Meeting the objectives of the Storm Overflow Discharge Reduction Plan is not enough

Published on: 25 May 2023

Emily Cooper, Policy and Advocacy Manager at Marine Conservation Society, responds to the Water UK sewage spills apology & shares thoughts on the ambition needed to tackle sewage pollution.

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Shaking up the system on toxic chemical cocktails

Published on: 24 May 2023

Richard Benwell, CEO at Wildlife and Countryside Link, writes about the threat posed by chemical pollution.

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Removing American mink – time to be ambitious

Published on: 18 May 2023

Simon Baker, Vice Chair at Waterlife Recovery Trust, shares their work to control invasive American mink across East Anglia and beyond.

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Check, clean, dry - we all have a role to play in tackling floating pennywort

Published on: 16 May 2023

Pippa Rowlandson, Environment Project Officer at British Canoeing, explains why we have to be diligent to tackle invasive species in our waterways, and shares practical steps for how we can all be more biosecure.

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A promise without a plan: How can the Government deliver Nature for Everyone?

Published on: 15 May 2023

Ahead of a debate on public access to nature in Parliament on 18 May, Emma Clarke, Policy Officer at Wildlife and Countryside Link, writes about what measures are needed to deliver the Government's promise for all people to have access to nature within a 15 minute walk of home.

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Celebrating Small Freshwater Bodies as part of Amphibian Week

Published on: 12 May 2023

As Amphibian Week 2023 draws to a close, Froglife’s Conservation, Evaluation and Research Manager, Jenny Tse-Leon reflects on the importance of small freshwater bodies for wildlife and people.

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A Bit Wet? Defra’s Plan for Water

Published on: 17 April 2023

Nik Perepelov, Senior Water Policy Officer at RSPB and Vice Chair of Blueprint for Water, reflects on the Plan for Water.

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The Government’s flagship Highly Protected Marine Area programme is stalling, here’s how to get things back on track

Published on: 12 April 2023

New Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) would provide the highest levels of protection for the marine environment, helping restore our degraded seas. However, nearly four years since work started to develop the HPMA concept, not a single site has been designated. With Ministers now committed to “explore additional sites this year” and with any future sites also subject to consultation, Wildlife and Countryside Link's Marine Group Chair Kirsten Carter, reflects on how the programme can avoid past mistakes and deliver these vital new sites.

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The Government must go for gold in defending our Marine Protected Areas

Published on: 29 March 2023

As the Government takes steps to restore our degraded Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Link's Marine Policy Officer Matthew Dawson writes that Ministers and officials must take this opportunity to deliver the strongest possible protections.

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