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.


Reduce and Reuse – are Scottish Government proposals up to the job?

04 Mar 2024

A more circular economy is really important. Globally, about 90% of biodiversity loss can be attributed to resource extraction and processing and, in Scotland, about 80% of our carbon footprint is from emissions embedded in goods we use and consume. A transition to a more circular economy, where we use products and materials again and […]


Introducing Countryside Jobs Service

26 Feb 2024

We are delighted to welcome Countryside Jobs Service on board as as LINK supporter. To introduce themselves, here’s a blog from CJS Editor Kerryn Humphreys… CJS – what’s that then? Crazy Jumping Snails? Complete Juniper Solutions? In reality nothing quite so exotic; CJS stands for Countryside Jobs Service, which as a happy reader once memorably […]


Scotland’s marine protected areas need real protection

21 Feb 2024

Scotland’s seas are renowned for their rich biodiversity. From fish to birds, marine mammals to invertebrates, they are home to thousands of fantastic species of plants and animals. They are loved by communities, are a key component of Scotland’s cultural heritage and identity, as well as a vital resource for those who rely on marine […]


Communities in action: LINK’s Congress 2023

12 Dec 2023

Every year LINK’s annual Congress for our members tackles a key and current issue for the network. This year, we invited Community Land Scotland (CLS) and Coastal Communities Network (CCN) along to help us discuss how we, as communities of interest, can work with communities of place, to achieve our shared visions of healthy ecosystems […]


Nature recovery – where to start

07 Dec 2023

By Professor James Curran, LINK Honorary Fellow This piece was originally published in The Scotsman. Scotland trades on its environment with images of misty mountains, soaring eagles, heather moors, wooded glens, and clear waters turned into golden whisky.  The Scottish Government even says that it “aspire(s) to be the greenest country in the world”. But […]


Public squirrel sightings soar in 2023

05 Dec 2023

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels has released the results of its fifth annual Great Scottish Squirrel Survey, revealing that 2023 public participation was the second highest since its inception, beating all previous years, bar the record-breaking pandemic lockdown year of 2020.  According to the survey, which was conducted between the 2nd and 8th of October and […]


Devolution of environment policy in jeopardy

10 Nov 2023

By Kat Jones, Director, Action to Protect Rural Scotland (APRS) Environmental organisations in the UK recently wrote to the Prime Minister expressing concerns about how the Internal Market Act (IMA), passed in 2020 after Brexit, is negatively impacting environmental policymaking. The letter was coordinated by APRS in the aftermath of the IMA being used to […]


Scotland’s Natural Environment Bill could be nature’s lifeline

05 Oct 2023

By Deborah Long, Chief Officer at Scottish Environment LINK Scotland is renowned across the world for its landscapes, seas and wildlife. Despite that reputation, we are 28th from the bottom of countries in terms of the health of our biodiversity, as measured by the Biodiversity Intactness Index. Scotland’s wildlife is not doing well.  If we […]


The Value of Nature Champions: 10 Years On

12 Sep 2023

As Scottish Environment LINK’s Nature Champions initiative celebrates its tenth year, Nature Champions Coordinator, Andy Marks, highlights its value in galvanising political support for Scotland’s threatened and iconic species and habitats.   It is incredibly heartening to catch Members of the Scottish Parliament discussing which species and habitats they are championing as part of the […]

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