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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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We need a resilient and dynamic farming industry

Published on: 17 August 2016

When it comes to farming and the environment it feels like Governments have been tinkering at the margins for a long time. Public money paid to farmers through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has done a decent job in recent years helping farmers to make field edges places that can support wildlife: improving hedgerows, field margins and encouraging wildlife...

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Brexit promises more change for the planning system

Published on: 9 August 2016

With the housing crisis and economic growth at the forefront of politicians and policy makers’ minds the planning system has been in a constant state of flux over the last few years. Our impending ‘Brexit’ from the EU promises yet more change ahead.

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UK adopts EU legislation to tackle invasive species

Published on: 3 August 2016

On the 13 July 2016 the European Commission adopted the first EU list of 37 invasive alien species (IAS), the associated restrictions and obligations of which will come into force on 3 August 2016 in the UK.

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What does Brexit mean for animal welfare?

Published on: 2 August 2016

Whilst there is a whole list of Donald Rumsfeld known unknowns to be sorted out before the UK can trigger Article 50, let alone leave the EU, we do have a certain amount of clarity on the scale of the issue facing us on animal welfare.

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Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

Published on: 27 July 2016

The EU Water Framework Directive should be a cornerstone of any new plan for the UK environment post-Brexit.

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What does Brexit mean for Defra?

Published on: 25 July 2016

In the last few weeks, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has seen its fair share of recent appointments including a new Secretary of State and a new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. This change at the top follows the recent restructuring of the department, so it is all change at Defra, but how will Brexit impact its work?

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Turning Brexit into an environmental opportunity

Published on: 19 July 2016

The outcome of the referendum left many environmentalists feeling doubtful and demoralised. The implications for science, for law, and for investing in nature are serious.

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