34 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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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

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

Create uncultivated margins around intensive arable or pasture fields

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Beneficial 49 Create uncultivated margins around intensive arable or pasture fields

Implement food labelling schemes relating to biodiversity-friendly farming (organic, LEAF marque)

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Implement food labelling schemes relating to biodiversity-friendly farming (organic, LEAF marque)

Increase the proportion of semi-natural habitat in the farmed landscape

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 5 Increase the proportion of semi-natural habitat in the farmed landscape

Introduce nest boxes stocked with solitary bees

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Awaiting assessment 0 Introduce nest boxes stocked with solitary bees

Maintain in-field elements such as field islands and rockpiles

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Maintain in-field elements such as field islands and rockpiles

Make direct payments per clutch for farmland birds

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Make direct payments per clutch for farmland birds

Manage ditches to benefit wildlife

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Likely to be beneficial 11 Manage ditches to benefit wildlife

Manage hedgerows to benefit wildlife (includes no spray, gap-filling and laying)

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Likely to be beneficial 20 Manage hedgerows to benefit wildlife (includes no spray, gap-filling and laying)

Manage stone-faced hedge banks to benefit wildlife

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Manage stone-faced hedge banks to benefit wildlife

Manage the agricultural landscape to enhance floral resources

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Manage the agricultural landscape to enhance floral resources

Manage woodland edges to benefit widlife

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Manage woodland edges to benefit widlife

Mark bird nests during harvest or mowing

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Mark bird nests during harvest or mowing

Pay farmers to cover the cost of conservation measures (as in agri-environment schemes)

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Likely to be beneficial 47 Pay farmers to cover the cost of conservation measures (as in agri-environment schemes)

Plant grass buffer strips/margins around arable or pasture fields

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Beneficial 69 Plant grass buffer strips/margins around arable or pasture fields

Plant in-field trees (not farm woodland)

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Plant in-field trees (not farm woodland)

Plant nectar flower mixture/wildflower strips

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Beneficial 104 Plant nectar flower mixture/wildflower strips

Plant new hedges

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 8 Plant new hedges

Plant wild bird seed or cover mixture

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Beneficial 49 Plant wild bird seed or cover mixture

Protect in-field trees (includes management such as pollarding and surgery)

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Protect in-field trees (includes management such as pollarding and surgery)

Provide badger gates

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Provide badger gates

Provide foraging perches (eg. for shrikes)

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Provide foraging perches (eg. for shrikes)

Provide nest boxes for bees (solitary bees or bumblebees)

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 14 Provide nest boxes for bees (solitary bees or bumblebees)

Provide nest boxes for birds

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 10 Provide nest boxes for birds
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