Plant Link UK (PLINK UK)

PLINK UK meets twice a year to share information and to discuss ideas for collaborative working on key issues of plant conservation concern.

Membership of PLINK UK is free and open to any organisation actively involved in plant conservation in the UK. A wide range of organisations and specialist societies representing plants and fungi are represented within the network. Topics that may be discussed at PLINK UK include the effects of pollution on wild plant and fungus communities, land management such as grazing woodlands, and progress against the 16 targets as set out within the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). Plantlife provide the secretariat for PLINK UK.

PLINK currently comprises of the following organisations:

  • Botanical Society of the Britain and Ireland
  • British Bryological Society
  • British Lichen Society
  • British Mycological Society
  • British Phycological Society
  • Buglife
  • CABI
  • Environment Agency
  • Flora Locale
  • Forestry Commission
  • Fungus Conservation Trust
  • Invertebrate Link
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • National Trust
  • Natural England
  • Natural History Museum
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • Plant Heritage
  • Plantlife
  • Pond Conservation
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • The Woodland Trust
  • What PLINK UK does

    With the gathering of individuals from a range of specialist societies, environmental organisations and agencies, PLINK UK meetings provide a unique opportunity to discuss issues that affect plant and fungi conservation across the UK. On key topics, PLINK UK may prepare a statement, write a report using expert knowledge and evidence from the network of organisations, or invite external speakers to inform a discussion. On occasion PLINK UK may develop a response to a consultation, using the combined knowledge of the network to make recommendations.