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 information@scotlink.org. The opinions expressed in this blog are the author's and not necessarily those of the wider Link membership.

Two crucial years to help save our seas

13 Dec 2018

From the air we breathe to the food we eat, Scotland needs seas full of life. Yet they are struggling. With the tide of ocean plastics awareness, resistance to mechanically stripping pristine kelp forests, community monitoring of scallop dredge damage in Loch Carron, Firth of Lorn and Loch Gairloch and a growing consensus for overhauling […]

New expenses rules for environmental litigation in Scotland: protective or defective?

27 Nov 2018

The Scottish Government sets itself apart from its UK counterpart in its approach to protecting human rights. The SNP vocally opposed proposals to withdraw the UK from the ECHR and repeal the Human Rights Act. An expert group appointed by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will report this year with recommendations on how Scotland “can […]

Michael Russell visits Tiree

24 Oct 2018

From Michael’s twitter: Great to visit #TheReef on #Tiree with John Bowler ,  @RSPBScotland rep on the island , looking for corncrakes in my role as their @SpeciesChampion. Heard but didn’t see any but saw lots of other things including ringed plovers & some wonderful pyramid orchids.

A Circular Economy a way to tackle the climate and egological emergencies together

06 Sep 2018

Circular Economy

We are the Champions – MSPs get out and about to help protect threatened species

05 Sep 2018

Species Champion activities in the Scottish Parliament are always met with a smile among those involved, a chance to put the spotlight on some amazing wildlife and encourage MSPs to work together with environmental organisations and other MSPs, for the benefit of Scotland’s natural environment. The award-winning Species Champion initiative, coordinated by Scottish Environment LINK, […]

Crimes against wildlife are going unpunished – this needs to change

28 Jun 2018

Some years ago, I was ­fortunate enough to be on a safari in Botswana and on a four-day trip by canoe in the Okavango delta. As we lazily lay back to view a sky of many birds soaring over us, our guide, an intelligent local young man speaking fluent English, said that we must be […]

Let’s plan for fairness in fighting developers

21 May 2018

At the moment, for only the second time since devolution, there is a Planning Bill before the Scottish Parliament. Of course, you could be forgiven for not being too excited about this. Even if you were aware, you might struggle to follow the debate. Planning is a world of often painful jargon which can seem […]

An opportune moment for marine spatial planning

20 Feb 2018

A guest blog by Glen Smith, a social science researcher and PhD candidate at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Diarmid Hearns is right to point to the importance of the Scottish planning system in determining how space is developed and, subsequently, how people live their lives (The Scotsman Opinion 18/01/2018). The National Trust for Scotland research […]

Planning bill is an opportunity to put right a system Scots see as flawed and failing

22 Jan 2018

The places we live, work and play in are fundamental to our health and happiness – and it is the Scottish planning system that has the single biggest influence on how these places are developed. The National Trust for Scotland recently carried out research on how well the planning system is working for Scotland, and […]

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