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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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UK adopts EU legislation to tackle invasive species

Published on: 3 August 2016

On the 13 July 2016 the European Commission adopted the first EU list of 37 invasive alien species (IAS), the associated restrictions and obligations of which will come into force on 3 August 2016 in the UK.


What does Brexit mean for animal welfare?

Published on: 2 August 2016

Whilst there is a whole list of Donald Rumsfeld known unknowns to be sorted out before the UK can trigger Article 50, let alone leave the EU, we do have a certain amount of clarity on the scale of the issue facing us on animal welfare.


Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

Published on: 27 July 2016

The EU Water Framework Directive should be a cornerstone of any new plan for the UK environment post-Brexit.


What does Brexit mean for Defra?

Published on: 25 July 2016

In the last few weeks, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has seen its fair share of recent appointments including a new Secretary of State and a new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. This change at the top follows the recent restructuring of the department, so it is all change at Defra, but how will Brexit impact its work?


Turning Brexit into an environmental opportunity

Published on: 19 July 2016

The outcome of the referendum left many environmentalists feeling doubtful and demoralised. The implications for science, for law, and for investing in nature are serious.


UK science faces huge uncertainty post-Brexit

Published on: 14 July 2016

There are two key steps that the new Government can take to mitigate the risks to UK science posed by Brexit: protecting the free movement of researchers, and maintaining access to European research funding. Let’s be clear: this can be achieved outside of the EU. Non-member states, for example Norway, can participate in EU funding programmes as “associated countries”, paying into the programme and receiving access on the same terms. Yet full “associated” status requires acceptance of free movement of people: will this be acceptable to the new UK government, or will a new, unique relationship need to be negotiated?


Trees mean better business for farming and the environment

Published on: 4 July 2016

There is no doubt that the farming and food sectors face great uncertainty following the EU Referendum result as does the environment. At a time of change, trees are a strong symbol of permanence. And, the good news is that well-placed trees can be an integral and valued part of profitable farming businesses. They can provide: shade, shelter, water & pollution management, soil protection (erosion), pollination, integrated pest management and product diversification. Whilst at the same time helping to improve the biodiversity and connectivity of the natural landscape.