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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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Where is the England Peat Strategy?

Published on: 18 January 2021

?Jenny Hawley, Policy Manager at Plantlife, Paul De Zylva, Senior Nature Campaigner at Friends of the Earth , Ali Morse, Water Policy Manager at The Wildlife Trusts and Chris Corrigan, Policy Coordinator at Butterfly Conservation outline what they would like to see from an England Peat Strategy.

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Poisoning the Environment to Make Ourselves Ill?

Published on: 11 January 2021

Professor Dave Goulson responds to the emergency authorisation of neonicotinoid insecticides for sugar beet farmers in England this year.

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Hope for our farming future

Published on: 6 January 2021

Georgie Bray, farm manager at RSPB Hope Farm, details how simple but effective changes there have created a wildlife boom, and the huge benefits for nature we could see if sustainable farming policy works well for our nation's farmers.

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Bats in churches: midnight en masse

Published on: 21 December 2020

Claire Boothby, Training and Survey Officer for Bats in Churches, explains why churches are vital habitats for bats and why the belfry isn't their favourite place!

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Will Biodiversity Net Gain improve English biodiversity? Results from the first evaluation of Net Gain, and what's next

Published on: 21 December 2020

Sophus zu Ermgassen and Dr Joseph Bull, researchers at the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent, discuss what the impacts of mandatory Net Gain are likely to be and what environmental groups need to think about next.

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World Soils Day: when is good soil management a public good?

Published on: 4 December 2020

Martin Lines, Chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network, discusses where the line should be drawn between soil as a private good and soil as a public good.?

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Natural carbon-capturers - the neglected weapon in the climate fight

Published on: 3 December 2020

Imogen Cripps, Policy Officer at Wildlife and Countryside Link, discusses why protecting and restoring natural ecosystems should be key part of the UKs plans to meet emissions reduction targets.

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Healthy Soils, Healthy Food, Healthy People

Published on: 3 December 2020

Jake Fiennes, Conservation Manager of the Holkham Estate, explains the historical importance of soil and his hope for a complete shift in our attitudes toward the stuff beneath our feet.

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Grasping the low-hanging fruit: nitrogen reduction in soil

Published on: 2 December 2020

Julian Gold, farm manager of Hendred Estate in Oxfordshire, discusses nitrogen reduction and the importance of incentivising regenerative practices for soil health.

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Rewilding the soil

Published on: 1 December 2020

Patrick Holden, Founding Director of the Sustainable Food Trust, discusses rewilding the soil, and how this should be a priority for restoring both soil biodiversity and the soil carbon bank.

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