Wildlife and Countryside Link is the biggest environmental coalition in England, made up of 48 charities. Link maximises the efficiency and effectiveness of these environment and wildlife groups through collaboration, providing a powerful joint voice for the environment sector.
The Link team works with members to manage and support expert working groups covering a wide range of environmental issues - two of which directly align with our interest in the marine ecology.
The well-established and effective ‘Marine’ and ‘Whales’ working groups have made a significant contribution to improving legislation in the past decade, such as the Marine and Coastal Access Act
(2009). In recent years, Link has also played an important role in campaigning for a well-managed, ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas. Link also works closely with its sister Links in the devolved countries.
Our grant funds Link’s Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager role at a critical time, when it is still possible to influence changes resulting from the decision to leave the EU, and contribute to the new policy framework. This is also a great opportunity to capitalise on the increased appetite among Link members to expand their marine initiatives, particularly around priority topics such as bycatch, marine pollution (especially plastics and chemicals) and to ensure that the UK has a strategy for securing a healthy and sustainable marine environment after Brexit.