LINK Thinks

LINK Thinks is a space for members and others to express their views about Scotland’s environment. If you would like to contribute a blog please contact The opinions expressed in this blog are the author's and not necessarily those of the wider LINK membership.


Vote for Scottish Nature!

12 Apr 2021

The Holyrood elections in May come at a crucial time. Although they are likely to be dominated by the independence debate, we must not forget that this is also a pivotal year for nature and the climate. There will be make-or-break UN Conferences on Biodiversity (COP15) and Climate Change (COP26), the latter hosted here in Scotland. All of this is occurring at the same time as we desperately need a Green Recovery to drive a more sustainable and resilient economy for the future.


Protecting marine mammals around Scottish aquaculture farms

09 Apr 2021

Scotland’s salmon farming industry has been the focus of much attention over the last few years, and most recent developments have focused around its impact on marine mammals. In 2020, LINK welcomed the introduction of the Animals and Wildlife (Scotland) Act, which included a ban on licensed shooting of seals to protect farmed salmon within […]


Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s Goodbye Bycatch campaign – what have we achieved and what’s next?

06 Apr 2021

        A blog by Julia Pix, WDC communications manager and Goodbye Bycatch campaign manager Thank you to everyone who’s got involved with our campaign to stop dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in fishing gear in UK seas to put fish and shellfish on our plates. We’ve loved seeing all your support on social media and […]


Ian Findlay: our memories

01 Apr 2021

Ian Findlay has been a  part of the LINK family for a long time. He served on LINK Board from 2002, but was involved in the network as the LINK member rep for Scottish Wildlife Trust before then. As a LINK Board member between 2002 – 2017, Ian was also part of the Board’s Employment […]


Environmental charities in a pandemic, a nature crisis and a climate emergency

23 Mar 2021

Along with everyone else, Scottish Environment LINK member organisations have been adjusting to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Member surveys in April and November 2020 identified key challenges and the solutions our members were implementing as lockdowns came and went, and returned. Assessing the ongoing and near future financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus […]


Life after LIFE: the value of landscape scale, multi annual funding programmes

11 Mar 2021

Scotland is known worldwide for its rich and diverse landscapes and nature. This richness is often lauded – it is used to promote our tourism industry, our food and drink products, our national identity. However, despite these positives, not all is well – our wildlife has suffered and declined considerably over the years through climate […]

Calum Langdale

Countdown to the COPs – why the nature and climate talks go hand in hand

05 Mar 2021

Later this year, the UK will host 195 world leaders at an international climate summit in Glasgow. Also known as COP26, the talks will be a crucial opportunity for the global community to come together to find solutions to the climate crisis. But fewer people are aware of another key summit this year: the international […]


Sunak’s Plastic Packaging Tax is good news, but government must do much more to reduce waste

04 Mar 2021

We all know that recycling is important – that waste does not end up in landfill, but instead gets recycled into new things. Ideally, we would like all new things to be made from either renewable or recycled materials. That would mean we would no longer need to quarry, mine or drill for non-renewable raw materials.


Scotland’s Rainforest and the People It Supports

03 Mar 2021

Today is United Nations World Wildlife Day and this year’s theme is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet.” In recent years forests have attracted attention for their role in capturing carbon in the fight against climate change. They have sustained the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally for much longer than that. […]

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