42 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 woody debris to forests

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Add woody debris to forests Synopsis Link

Apply herbicide to mid- and understorey vegetation

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 7 Apply herbicide to mid- and understorey vegetation Synopsis Link

Clear or open patches in forests

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 9 Clear or open patches in forests Synopsis Link

Clearcut and re-seed forests

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Clearcut and re-seed forests Synopsis Link

Coppice trees

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Coppice trees Synopsis Link

Create scrapes and pools in wetlands and wet grasslands

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Likely to be beneficial 6 Create scrapes and pools in wetlands and wet grasslands Synopsis Link

Employ grazing in artificial grasslands/pastures

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 10 Employ grazing in artificial grasslands/pastures Synopsis Link

Employ grazing in natural grasslands

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 12 Employ grazing in natural grasslands Synopsis Link

Employ grazing in non-grassland habitats

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 8 Employ grazing in non-grassland habitats Synopsis Link

Fertilize artificial grasslands

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 4 Fertilize artificial grasslands Synopsis Link

Manage water level in wetlands

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 6 Manage water level in wetlands Synopsis Link

Manage woodland edges for birds

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Manage woodland edges for birds Synopsis Link

Manually control or remove midstorey and ground-level vegetation (including mowing, chaining, cutting etc) in forests

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 13 Manually control or remove midstorey and ground-level vegetation (including mowing, chaining, cutting etc) in forests Synopsis Link

Manually control or remove midstorey and ground-level vegetation (including mowing, chaining, cutting etc) in shrubland

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 7 Manually control or remove midstorey and ground-level vegetation (including mowing, chaining, cutting etc) in shrubland Synopsis Link

Mow or cut natural grasslands

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 6 Mow or cut natural grasslands Synopsis Link

Mow or cut reedbeds

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Mow or cut reedbeds Synopsis Link

Mow or cut semi-natural grasslands/pastures

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 4 Mow or cut semi-natural grasslands/pastures Synopsis Link

Plant trees to act as windbreaks

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Plant trees to act as windbreaks Synopsis Link

Plough habitats

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 4 Plough habitats Synopsis Link

Protect nest trees before burning

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Protect nest trees before burning Synopsis Link

Raise water levels in ditches or grassland

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 7 Raise water levels in ditches or grassland Synopsis Link

Re-seed grasslands

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Re-seed grasslands Synopsis Link

Remove coarse woody debris from forests

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Remove coarse woody debris from forests Synopsis Link

Remove midstorey from savannas

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Remove midstorey from savannas Synopsis Link

Replace non-native species of tree/shrub

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Replace non-native species of tree/shrub Synopsis Link
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