119 Actions found

Actions to conserve biodiversity

We have summarised evidence from the scientific literature about the effects of actions to conserve wildlife and ecosystems.

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Add yellow rattle seed Rhinanthus minor to hay meadows

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Add yellow rattle seed <i>Rhinanthus minor</i> to hay meadows

Apply 'cross compliance' environmental standards linked to all subsidy payments

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Apply 'cross compliance' environmental standards linked to all subsidy payments

Avoid use of lead shot

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Avoid use of lead shot

Buffer in-field ponds

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Buffer in-field ponds

Connect areas of natural or semi-natural habitat

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 5 Connect areas of natural or semi-natural habitat

Control bracken

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Evidence not assessed 2 Control bracken

Control grey squirrels

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Control grey squirrels

Control invasive non-native plants on farmland (such as Himalayan Balsam, Japanese knotweed)

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Evidence not assessed 2 Control invasive non-native plants on farmland (such as Himalayan Balsam, Japanese knotweed)

Control mink

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Evidence not assessed 2 Control mink

Control predatory mammals and birds (foxes, crows, stoats and weasels)

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Likely to be beneficial 11 Control predatory mammals and birds (foxes, crows, stoats and weasels)

Control scrub

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Control scrub

Control weeds without damaging other plants in conservation areas

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 12 Control weeds without damaging other plants in conservation areas

Convert or revert arable land to permanent grassland

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 8 Convert or revert arable land to permanent grassland

Create beetle banks

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Likely to be beneficial 24 Create beetle banks

Create corn bunting plots

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Create corn bunting plots

Create open patches or strips in permanent grassland

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Evidence not assessed 2 Create open patches or strips in permanent grassland

Create rotational grass or clover leys

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Create rotational grass or clover leys

Create scrapes and pools

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 6 Create scrapes and pools

Create skylark plots

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Beneficial 11 Create skylark plots

Create uncultivated margins around intensive arable or pasture fields

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Beneficial 49 Create uncultivated margins around intensive arable or pasture fields

Delay mowing or first grazing date on pasture or grassland

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Likely to be beneficial 15 Delay mowing or first grazing date on pasture or grassland

Employ areas of semi-natural habitat for rough grazing (includes salt marsh, lowland heath, bog, fen)

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 8 Employ areas of semi-natural habitat for rough grazing (includes salt marsh, lowland heath, bog, fen)

Enforce legislation to protect birds against persecution

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Enforce legislation to protect birds against persecution

Erect predator-proof fencing around important breeding sites for waders

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Erect predator-proof fencing around important breeding sites for waders

Exclude livestock from semi-natural habitat (including woodland)

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 8 Exclude livestock from semi-natural habitat (including woodland)
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