2399 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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Introduce seeds of peatland herbs

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Likely to be beneficial 10 Introduce seeds of peatland herbs Synopsis Link

Scare or otherwise deter mammals from human-occupied areas to reduce human-wildlife conflict

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Evidence not assessed 10 Scare or otherwise deter mammals from human-occupied areas to reduce human-wildlife conflict Synopsis Link

Use loud noises to deter crop damage (e.g. banger sticks, drums, tins, iron sheets) by mammals to reduce human-wildlife conflict

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Likely to be beneficial 10 Use loud noises to deter crop damage (e.g. banger sticks, drums, tins, iron sheets) by mammals to reduce human-wildlife conflict Synopsis Link

Use fencing to exclude predators or other problematic species

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Evidence not assessed 10 Use fencing to exclude predators or other problematic species Synopsis Link

Install rope bridges between canopies

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Beneficial 10 Install rope bridges between canopies Synopsis Link

Remove or control predators

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Evidence not assessed 10 Remove or control predators Synopsis Link

Rear and manage populations of solitary bees

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Awaiting assessment 9 Rear and manage populations of solitary bees Synopsis Link

Plant crops in spring rather than autumn

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

Leave uncropped, cultivated margins or plots, including lapwing and stone curlew plots

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Likely to be beneficial 9 Leave uncropped, cultivated margins or plots, including lapwing and stone curlew plots Synopsis Link

Use legislative regulation to protect wild populations

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Beneficial 9 Use legislative regulation to protect wild populations 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

Reduce pesticide or herbicide use generally

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Likely to be beneficial 9 Reduce pesticide or herbicide use generally Synopsis Link

Provide artificial nesting sites for raptors

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Likely to be beneficial 9 Provide artificial nesting sites for raptors Synopsis Link

Allow natural regeneration of ground cover beneath perennial crops

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 9 Allow natural regeneration of ground cover beneath perennial crops Synopsis Link

Grow plants that compete with damaging weeds

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Likely to be beneficial 9 Grow plants that compete with damaging weeds Synopsis Link

Clear vegetation

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Likely to be beneficial 9 Clear vegetation Synopsis Link

Deepen, de-silt or re-profile ponds

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Beneficial 9 Deepen, de-silt or re-profile ponds Synopsis Link

Thin trees within forests

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 9 Thin trees within forests Synopsis Link

Translocate toads

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Likely to be beneficial 9 Translocate toads Synopsis Link

Translocate great crested newts

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Likely to be beneficial 9 Translocate great crested newts Synopsis Link

Control traffic and traffic timing

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Likely to be beneficial 9 Control traffic and traffic timing Synopsis Link

Use group-selection harvesting

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 9 Use group-selection harvesting Synopsis Link

Use soil scarification or ploughing to enhance germination

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 9 Use soil scarification or ploughing to enhance germination Synopsis Link

Crop production: Use crop rotations

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Likely to be beneficial 9 Crop production: Use crop rotations Synopsis Link

Regularly and continuously provide supplementary food to primates

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 9 Regularly and continuously provide supplementary food to primates  Synopsis Link
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