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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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Will there be good news for nature across the UK and EU this week?

Published on: 5 December 2016

On Wednesday the members of the European Commission will gather for their weekly “college” meeting. The Commissioners, one from each of the twenty eight EU Member States (including the UK’s Sir Julian King, Commissioner for Security Union), meet every week, but for nature this week’s meeting is particularly significant.


Green growth: an economy that works for everyone

Published on: 29 November 2016

Last week’s Autumn Statement was the Chancellor’s first and last. The Government has announced that in future the Budget Statement will take place in Autumn and there will be a “Spring Statement” to respond to economic forecasts. This marks the end of an old way of working. At WWT, we hope this will be a chance for a new kind of reporting by the Treasury.


Money spent on upland farming is money well spent

Published on: 28 November 2016

“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone” I must admit to not being a big Joni Mitchell fan (although I do like Nazareth’s cover of her This Flight Tonight), but when I think of our Uplands, their landscapes, cultures, people and communities, it is this lyric from Big Yellow Taxi that often comes to mind.


Let's work together for better animal welfare

Published on: 24 November 2016

There was a great deal of focus on the role of the RSPCA in enforcing animal welfare legislation following the publication of the EFRA Select Committee report on domestic pets. Yet little note of the majority of other conclusions and recommendations which could make a real improvement to animal welfare in England. This blog focuses on those other 29 recommendations.


Will Vietnam tackle illegal wildlife trade?

Published on: 16 November 2016

On the 17-18 November, the Vietnamese government will host an international conference on illegal wildlife trade. It’s been reported that 54 countries will be represented at this meeting to discuss what they can do to tackle this devastating trade.


Waste not, want not

Published on: 3 November 2016

Much of our countryside and green spaces are at increasing risk from development, but we know all too well that there is plenty of previously developed, or brownfield, land across England that is suitable for development but isn’t being used.


Environmental law endangered

Published on: 26 October 2016

Doubt has been cast on the Prime Minister’s recent assurance that a Great Repeal Bill will transfer the body of EU law into UK law, leaving environmental protection in doubt. A strong, target-driven 25 year environment plan is needed more than ever.


Control toxic chemicals and make Brexit safe

Published on: 24 October 2016

The Government will need to consider the full range of EU Laws that protect the environment – a much more complex and difficult task than may be realised