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Wildlife and Countryside Link reacts to publication of storm overflow spill data for 2023

Published on: 28 March 2024

As figures show a big increase in sewage pollution, campaigners are calling for measures including making polluters pay for the damage they cause, and a for a green duty to drive more investment into natural solutions to clean up river catchments countrywide

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Charity responds to recent announcements on the use of harmful pesticides

Published on: 5 March 2024

Ahead of a Westminister Hall debate (Tuesday 5th March) on the continued use of Neonicotinoids, Wildlife and Countryside Link has again called for the phasing out of toxic pesticides and for the government to deliver on its long-awaited strategy on pesticide use.

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Wildlife and Countryside Link statement on recent media reporting

Published on: 13 February 2024

News reports from multiple media outlets about Wildlife and Countryside Link’s evidence on racism and the countryside have taken comments from an inquiry response to MPs and misrepresented them out of context

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Frontrunner councils show that Biodiversity Net Gain can be more than a glorified offsetting scheme

Published on: 7 February 2024

Ahead of roll out of mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) on 12 February, Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) has released new analysis revealing that in most Local Authorities, Biodiversity Net Gain will fail to go beyond “offsetting”

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Environment coalition welcomes steps on sandeels and Marine Protected Areas

Published on: 31 January 2024

Marking one year since the publication of the Environment Improvement Plan, Government today announced actions for nature that have been welcomed by environmental coalition Wildlife and Countryside Link.

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Double down on delivery or Government nature targets will just be daydreams, says environment coalition

Published on: 18 January 2024

In the first major review of the Environment Improvement Plan, Government advisors warn that the Government is off-track, and risks missing the legally-binding target to halt nature decline by 2030.

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Government grants use of banned pesticide for fourth consecutive year

Published on: 18 January 2024

Emergency use of Cruiser SB granted for sugar beet crop - the fourth year running that its use has been permitted since a ban was put in place

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Government grants use of banned pesticide for fourth consecutive year

Published on: 18 January 2024

Emergency use of Cruiser SB granted for sugar beet crop - the fourth year running that its use has been permitted since a ban was put in place

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Leaders of environmental organisations meet with Sir Keir Starmer

Published on: 12 January 2024

On 9th January, the CEOs of five environmental organisations met with Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party and Steve Reed, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to discuss the policy interventions needed to achieve net zero by 2050 and to halt the decline of nature by 2030.

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Wildlife and Countryside Link reacts to UK Government Farming Scheme announcement

Published on: 4 January 2024

Following today’s (4th January) announcement by the Secretary of State on updates to the UK’s farming schemes, nature coalition group Wildlife and Countryside Link has welcomed the announcement but has called on the government to support a more holistic approach to sustainable farm payments which enable environmental recovery at scale and to make good on its commitment to regulatory reform.

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