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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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EU rules reveal English rivers run dirty and dry

Published on: 19 February 2016

On 18 February, new River Basin Management Plans were published to protect and improve water quality. These plans are part of a European framework for the environment, setting ambitious targets for cleaning up our water so it’s better for wildlife and clean and safe for people. Yet UK Government plans will result in only a 3% improvement in the next five years, leaving us languishing behind other EU countries in achieving goals for cleaning up our water.


Better off wetter - Happy World Wetlands Day!

Published on: 2 February 2016

Please enjoy World Wetlands Day - go find a frog, dig a pond, or romp in a bog. Together, let’s use the day to remind ourselves, our international partners and our own politicians that - manage the water right - and we really are better off wetter. It’s a day to celebrate a successful international environmental agreement: the Convention on Wetlands, signed 45 years ago in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. This year, we mark the importance of wetlands for livelihoods.


Why we need the Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Published on: 29 January 2016

While not everyone in the environment sector has heard of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee – known as the JNCC – they will definitely have benefited from it. The JNCC is the public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation. At the same time, it provides a wide range of services that benefit NGOs across the UK in their collective efforts to secure the recovery and protection of the natural environment.


Twenty three new Marine Conservation Zones announced. Is this enough?

Published on: 17 January 2016

Wildlife and Countryside Link’s Marine Working Group has been campaigning for a network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) for 15 years. First we ran an intense campaign to secure the legislation needed in the form of the UK Marine Act 2009. And since then we have been campaigning and lobbying to get the MCZs designated and ultimately well managed.


Marine planning needs to be more ambitious in 2016

Published on: 12 January 2016

In November 2015, the Government laid before Parliament a report that you may have missed. No fanfare, no announcements, not a sniff of media coverage. The report sets out progress in delivering marine planning in English waters, six years since the Marine and Coastal Access Act came into force. Given that the marine environment has had no system of strategic planning at all, this is kind of a big deal (for some of us!)


Link Members Sign Up for Environmental Justice

Published on: 22 December 2015

The UK has always enjoyed a respected track-record when it comes to consulting the public. Up until five years ago, the case for legislative proposals (and amendments) would be supported by statistical data, an informed narrative, or both. You may have noticed that consultation periods are now considerably shorter (and sometimes dispensed with altogether), but perhaps more worryingly, there appears to be an emerging trend for far-reaching and detrimental change to be advanced in the absence of seemingly any evidential basis.


National Wildlife Crime Unit Threatened with Extinction

Published on: 17 December 2015

Based in Scotland, the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) is a world leading police unit dedicated to supporting wildlife crime investigations, which has been absolutely critical in the fight against international wildlife trafficking and domestic wildlife crime. However, Government funding for the small but incredibly effective unit runs out in March 2016.


Welcome to Link’s exciting new website

Published on: 7 December 2015

Created in response to members’ need for a new, more effective web site, and in line with Link’s ambitious new strategy, the new site provides a wide range of visitors with a clear understanding of Wildlife and Countryside Link’s work.