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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 rotational grass or clover leys

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

Create skylark plots

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Beneficial 11 Create skylark plots

Implement 'mosaic management', a Dutch agri-environment option

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Evidence not assessed 2 Implement 'mosaic management', a Dutch agri-environment option

Increase crop diversity

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 4 Increase crop diversity

Leave cultivated, uncropped margins or plots (includes 'lapwing plots')

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Beneficial 20 Leave cultivated, uncropped margins or plots (includes 'lapwing plots')

Leave overwinter stubbles

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Likely to be beneficial 20 Leave overwinter stubbles

Leave unharvested cereal headlands in arable fields

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Leave unharvested cereal headlands in arable fields

Plant cereals in wide-spaced rows

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 5 Plant cereals in wide-spaced rows

Plant crops in spring rather than autumn

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 9 Plant crops in spring rather than autumn

Plant more than one crop per field (intercropping)

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Evidence not assessed 5 Plant more than one crop per field (intercropping)

Plant nettle strips

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Plant nettle strips

Reduce tillage

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Likely to be beneficial 46 Reduce tillage

Sow rare or declining arable weeds

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Sow rare or declining arable weeds

Take field corners out of management

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Evidence not assessed 1 Take field corners out of management

Undersow spring cereals, with clover for example

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Likely to be beneficial 18 Undersow spring cereals, with clover for example

Use 1% barley in wheat crops for corn buntings

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Use 1% barley in wheat crops for corn buntings

Use new crop types to benefit wildlife (such as perennial cereal crops)

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Use new crop types to benefit wildlife (such as perennial cereal crops)
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