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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The Retained EU Law Bill should be withdrawn

Published on: 24 November 2022

Richard Benwell, CEO at Wildlife and Countryside Link, sets out three risks posed by the Retained EU Law Bill to environmental protection, and why environment charities are calling for the bill to be withdrawn.

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It’s time to get Environmental Land Management right

Published on: 24 November 2022

Before a rumoured announcement on the future of the Government's flagship farming and land policy (Environmental Land Management), farming leads Alice Groom (RSPB), Marcus Gilleard (National Trust) and Barnaby Coupe (The Wildlife Trusts) say we need to see a clear departure from the old agri-environment schemes for nature's recovery.

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COP27 – A COP of two halves

Published on: 22 November 2022

ZSL’s Senior Policy Specialist Bethan Laughlin reflects on the outcomes of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change’s COP27 and what it means for nature.

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Make it bold, make it binding – towards an effective plastics treaty

Published on: 21 November 2022

Ahead of the first meeting negotiating a global plastics treaty next week, Christina Dixon, Ocean Campaign Leader at the Environmental Investigation Agency, writes about this once-in-a-generation opportunity to curb the ever-growing plastics crisis and how the UK Government can ensure the success of this process.

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COP27 mid-point: How’s it all going?

Published on: 15 November 2022

Fiona Dobson, International Policy Officer at the RSPB, reports from the UN Climate Conference, COP27, in Egypt on the successes and challenges so far, and what is yet to come.

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The Save Windermere campaign

Published on: 9 November 2022

Matt Staniek, zoologist and Lake District campaigner, discusses his campaign to Save Windermere.

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Navigating the 68th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission

Published on: 4 November 2022

The 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) "was like none that had gone before" write Lucy Babey, Chair of the Link Marine Mammals Group, and Mark Simmonds, Director of Science at OceanCare, outlining the progress and set backs at this crucial meeting for the protection of marine mammals.

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COP27 - what we’re hoping it delivers for nature

Published on: 4 November 2022

When COP27 officially kicks off in Sharm El Sheikh on Sunday, the UK will hand over its presidency to Egypt to lead the talks.

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Joint complaint - legal breach of Environment Act targets deadline

Published on: 1 November 2022

Letter of complaint from green groups to Defra after the Government failed to meet a legal deadline on setting new environmental targets

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