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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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INNS week: why it makes sense to "Check, Clean and Dry"

Published on: 4 March 2016

There has been a lot of discussion lately on Invasive Non-native Species (INNS). Whereas their impacts on wildlife globally are a huge issue for biodiversity, some commentators see the introduction of non-native species as not entirely negative, or, indeed, a positive environmental benefit. The most recent broad scientific analysis of wildlife trends overall, however, identifies the impact of INNS as the second most important driver of global extinctions of plants, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals since 1500 - and the most common current threat associated with vertebrate extinctions.

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Prevent, eradicate and control: A three-tiered approach to tackling INNS

Published on: 4 March 2016

The three-tiered approach of prevention, early detection and rapid removal, and long-term management and control is the guiding principle of the European Union Convention on Biological Diversity and it is widely used across the world to tackle invasive species.

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Tackling invasive plants crowding out native species in the New Forest

Published on: 3 March 2016

Parrot’s feather originates from Central and South America and was first found in the wild in 1960. The plant is now threatening wetlands in the New Forest and is crowding out native species. Work is underway to remove this invasive non-native plant from the New Forest to benefit wetlands and the native species that rely on them. Now with ‘Invasive Species Week’ in the UK running until 6 March, homeowners are being asked to help by not disposing of parrot’s feather and other aquatic garden plants in the wild.

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Invasive species - a growing problem for the National Trust

Published on: 2 March 2016

Dealing with invasive species at our places costs the National Trust thousands of pounds every year. As a conservation charity looking after 250,000 hectares of countryside and hundreds of ponds, lakes and rivers, we’re very aware of the impact of invasive species on native wildlife. We’ve joined the call, led by Wildlife and Countryside Link, for the UK government to do more to work with other EU countries to tighten up existing regulations to prevent invasive species reaching our shores.

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Invasive non-native species arriving in shipping

Published on: 2 March 2016

Britain’s wildlife really is under constant threat from invasive non-native species reaching our shores. It costs our economy more than £2bn per year to hold them at bay. Wetlands are particularly vulnerable because invasive non-native species can outcompete our native wildlife and starve them of space, oxygen and food.

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Invasive species can lower house prices and increase water bills

Published on: 29 February 2016

Sometimes it can be hard to see how 'environmental issues' affect our day to day lives. They can be tricky to relate to and understand, making it difficult for you to care about them. So, you may be amazed to find out that having the invasive non-native species Japanese Knotweed, a fairly well known culprit, in your garden can actually affect the value of your house and could impede the sale of your property.

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EU rules reveal English rivers run dirty and dry

Published on: 19 February 2016

On 18 February, new River Basin Management Plans were published to protect and improve water quality. These plans are part of a European framework for the environment, setting ambitious targets for cleaning up our water so it’s better for wildlife and clean and safe for people. Yet UK Government plans will result in only a 3% improvement in the next five years, leaving us languishing behind other EU countries in achieving goals for cleaning up our water.

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Better off wetter - Happy World Wetlands Day!

Published on: 2 February 2016

Please enjoy World Wetlands Day - go find a frog, dig a pond, or romp in a bog. Together, let’s use the day to remind ourselves, our international partners and our own politicians that - manage the water right - and we really are better off wetter. It’s a day to celebrate a successful international environmental agreement: the Convention on Wetlands, signed 45 years ago in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. This year, we mark the importance of wetlands for livelihoods.

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Why we need the Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Published on: 29 January 2016

While not everyone in the environment sector has heard of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee – known as the JNCC – they will definitely have benefited from it. The JNCC is the public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation. At the same time, it provides a wide range of services that benefit NGOs across the UK in their collective efforts to secure the recovery and protection of the natural environment.

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