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.

Species Champions hits 70!

07 Oct 2014

Scottish Environment LINK are delighted to announce that Ken Macintosh MSP brings the total of MSP Species Champions to 70, well over the halfway mark. Ken is the Species Champion for the Black Grouse and,LINK will continue to search suitable match-ups for the remaining MSPs.

The public deserve an equal right of appeal

23 Sep 2014

The public deserve an equal right of appeal Current planning laws heavily favour the developers, says Clare Symonds CAMPAIGN group Planning Democracy asked MSPs on Holyrood’s petitions committee recently to consider the case for equal rights of appeal for communities in planning decisions. The need for this petition comes from the strong feeling of injustice […]

Species Champions short-listed for Nature of Scotland Awards

25 Aug 2014

LINK’s Species Champion initiative has been short-listed for the RSPB Scotland Nature of Scotland Awards under the category of ‘Innovation Award’. We’re also delighted to hear that four of our Species Champion MSPs have also been short-listed for Politician of the Year Award: Claire Baker MSP, Claudia Beamish MSP, Mary Scanlon MSP and Willie Rennie […]

Our precious sea areas need to rest

30 Jul 2014

Life in our marine protected areas can make a significant recovery if we take genuine action to reverse its decline, says Calum Duncan There is a mournful Gaelic proverb that can send a shiver down any spine – Cha bhi fios air math an tobair gus an tràigh e – the value of the well […]

Battle for control of iconic landscape

04 Jun 2014

Wartime laws must be repealed to protect Scotland’s prestigious assets from agricultural vandalism, says Calum Brown The ownership and use of Scotland’s natural resources are at the centre of the independence debate. A natural resource that is too often overlooked, however, is the land itself. Internationally famous, central to Scotland’s identity, but relatively empty, Scottish […]

Sustainable growth must include more than economic prosperity

24 Apr 2014

Every species must exploit its environment to survive and evolve. It has to have food and places to live, using the natural resources around itself. If the resources cannot be sustained, or replaced by alternatives, extinction is the result. This is a fundamental law of biology. Humans as a species “develop” by following our desire to […]

Braes High School Falkirk Species Champion Project April 2014

23 Jul 2010

As part of their Higher and Intermediate 2 Art and Design course, pupils from Braes High School Falkirk were asked to choose a species from the LINK Species Champion list as inspiration for their design.  Pupils then went on to research their species and produce patterned shift dress. The project aimed to raise awareness of […]

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