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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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The Habitats Regulations: risks on four fronts

Published on: 30 January 2023

The Habitats Regulations are the UK’s most important nature conservation laws and multiple reviews have found them to be effective. However, the Habitats Regulations are at risk as the Government collects multiple powers to amend these Regulations freely - Link's CEO Richard Benwell explains.


Will the Government's imminent farming announcements get the sector back on track?

Published on: 25 January 2023

The Government is expected to make another announcement on the future of Environmental Land Management imminently, but will it hit the mark? Alice Groom (RSPB), Barnaby Coupe (The Wildlife Trusts) and Marcus Gilleard (National Trust) discuss.


Time is running out to make Biodiversity Net Gain a win for nature

Published on: 24 January 2023

Tom Ash, Policy & Advocacy Officer at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, calls on the Government to urgently publish robust and effective Biodiversity Net Gain regulations prior to mandatory BNG in November 2023, to ensure BNG delivers on its potential to help restore nature.


Towards a Food, Farming and Nature Consensus

Published on: 19 January 2023

In 2023, Wildlife and Countryside Link is supporting the new Food, Farming and Nature Consensus alongside farmers and other environmental organisations, to show a united front for a better farming future. Hannah Conway, Policy Officer, explains.


Defra are falling into the CAP trap with ELM

Published on: 12 January 2023

Tom Lancaster, Head of Farming and Land Management Policy at RSPB, reflects on the policy announcements at Oxford Farming Conference and looks ahead at what’s to come


A win for people and nature: SuDS will become compulsory after over 10 years of hard work

Published on: 11 January 2023

Tom Ash, Policy & Advocacy Officer at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, discusses the benefits we'll see in regards to flood prevention, habitat creation, water quality and more that will come from the requirement for all new developments to have sustainable drainage systems (SuDS)


Did COP15 deliver for biodiversity?

Published on: 9 January 2023

Born Free’s International Policy Specialist Adeline Lerambert and Head of Policy Dr Mark Jones reflect on the outcomes of the global biodiversity meeting that took place in Canada in December.


It is time to uphold the legacy of the National Parks and Countryside Act

Published on: 16 December 2022

Dr Rose O’Neill, Chief Executive of Campaign for National Parks, marks the Anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Countryside Act - calling for the legislation to be updated in the face of the climate and biodiversity crisis


The final stretch of COP15 - how’s it all going?

Published on: 15 December 2022

As we head into the final stretch of COP15, Imogen Cripps, Policy Officer at Wildlife and Countryside Link, reflects on progress so far, with updates from Link members who are attending the talks in Montreal.


The 12 days of water policy

Published on: 14 December 2022

Nik Perepelov, Senior Water Policy Officer at RSPB and Vice Chair of Blueprint for Water, reflects on the year in water policy.