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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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Health and Harmony: Link and Defra's future farming event

Published on: 18 April 2018

Wildlife and Countryside Link co-host a land mark consultation event with Defra on the the future of farming policy post Brexit.


Grasping the opportunity for the uplands

Published on: 16 April 2018

John Dower's report to Government in May 1944 saw farming as central to the special qualities of the areas that he identified for designation as the new National Parks. Dower saw little conflict between farming in the 1940s and the distinctive characteristics of these precious upland landscapes.


Agroforestry delivers for nature and farming

Published on: 9 April 2018

Agroforestry is about making the most of land area through three dimensional farming. As Stephen Briggs explains, the deliberate integration of trees within agricultural crops and livestock is a win-win for food production and the natural environment


We need to find the ‘sweet spot’ where environment, social and health goals meet

Published on: 6 April 2018

Vicki Hird argues why agriculture policy should cover public health, why conservation and wildlife groups could agree and answers some possible concerns.


Ivory banned, elephants protected

Published on: 5 April 2018

"Ivory should never be seen as a commodity for financial gain or a status symbol." These were the words of Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, this week, as the UK Government announced a ban on ivory sales will go ahead. Link members welcome the ban.


The time is right to turn away from chemical pesticides

Published on: 4 April 2018

As the Government consults on 'The future of food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit' Sandra Bell makes the case for pesticide reduction.


Invasive Species Week: Volunteers can make a difference

Published on: 29 March 2018

You can pledge your support during Invasive Species Week to help protect native species from threats such as Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan balsam.


Exotic pets running wild

Published on: 28 March 2018

Non-native species are increasingly recognised as a major threat to biodiversity, and the exotic pet trade is one of many ways these species can be introduced.


Have You Seen the Loch Ness Monster?

Published on: 27 March 2018

Have you seen the Loch Ness Monster? I have. No, not the long-necked, hump-backed star of so many grainy black and white photographs. I’m talking about a small predatory flatworm that lives deep in the waters of the loch.


How to be Plant Wise

Published on: 25 March 2018

Gardening is never thought of as a threatening lifestyle, but Adrian Thomas highlights the dangers of careless introduction of plants, and gives some tips and resources for how to keep your local flora safe