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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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Ambition on Natural Capital recognised by Environmental Groups

Published on: 30 January 2019

Our recently published scorecards awarded 'Blueprint blue stars' to several projects which stood out for innovation or ambition. Anglian Water were awarded a 'Blueprint blue star' for their bespoke commitment to Natural Capital. Their guest blog details how this work began and what challenges we face in light of a changing climate.


Making healthy waters become ‘business as usual’

Published on: 29 January 2019

New scorecards, analysing how successful water company plans for the next five years are likely to be in protecting and improving the environment, have been published today by Blueprint for Water.


Eyes to the skies for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch - 26-28 January 2019

Published on: 24 January 2019

This weekend RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch is celebrating its 40th year. This encourages everyone to take an hour out of their day to admire wildlife and gives the RSPB a real insight into which species are flying high and which needs some extra attention.


Customers Count... when it comes to environmental investment

Published on: 16 January 2019

Customers have a ?key influence on water company business plans. But what does this mean for environmental investment and promises for prioritising biodiversity and nature?


One year on, is the Government delivering on the 25 Year Environment Plan?

Published on: 11 January 2019

As New Year’s resolutions go, the promises unveiled last January in the 25 Year Environment Plan were ambitious. One year on, how successful has the UK Government been in sticking to its resolution to hand on the environment in a better state than it inherited it?


Ditching plastic? Don’t just paper over the cracks…

Published on: 4 January 2019

?As public awareness grows around the impact of plastics, it's important to ensure a switch to consumption of forest-based products is done so in a sustainable way. Credible forest and chain of custody certification, as offered by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) can help.


The Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy – everything you need to know

Published on: 20 December 2018

The government’s long-awaited Resources and Waste Strategy has now been published, and at a whopping 146 pages, it’s certainly an ambitious document.


Government publishes (half) a draft Environment Bill

Published on: 20 December 2018

Verdict: environmental principles side-lined, a watchdog without teeth and no clarity on the future of environmental governance


Animals feel suffering, pain and joy too – animal sentience in law

Published on: 10 December 2018

On International Animal Rights Day, 10 December 2018, Naturewatch Foundation is once again drawing attention to the policy issue of ‘animal sentience’, widely defined as an animals’ ability to 'perceive and feel things'.


Protecting and regenerating soil - the fragile skin of the earth

Published on: 5 December 2018

Earlier this year I saw Sir Tim Smit, of Eden Project fame, close a session on soils for a room full of policy people. He followed 17 other impressive speakers, a challenge for anyone. He began roughly as follows: “I’ll start by saying exactly what...