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Actions to Conserve wildlife

We have summarised evidence from the scientific literature about the effects of different interventions to conserve wildlife and ecosystem services.

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Leave coarse woody debris in forests

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 7 Leave coarse woody debris in forests

Replant vegetation

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Beneficial 7 Replant vegetation

Create ponds for great crested newts

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Create ponds for great crested newts

Create ponds for toads

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Create ponds for toads

Exclude ants that protect pests

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Exclude ants that protect pests

Convert to organic farming

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 7 Convert to organic farming

Use organic farming instead of conventional farming

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Use organic farming instead of conventional farming

Retain or plant native trees and shrubs amongst crops (agroforestry)

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Retain or plant native trees and shrubs amongst crops (agroforestry)

Use thinning followed by prescribed fire

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Unlikely to be beneficial 7 Use thinning followed by prescribed fire

Use mechanical thinning before or after planting

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Beneficial 7 Use mechanical thinning before or after planting

Prepare the ground before tree planting

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Beneficial 7 Prepare the ground before tree planting

Crassula helmsii: Chemical control using herbicides

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Beneficial 7 <i>Crassula helmsii</i>: Chemical control using herbicides

Water: Add slurry to the soil

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 7 Water: Add slurry to the soil

Run research project and ensure permanent human presence at site

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 7 Run research project and ensure permanent human presence at site

Parrot’s feather: Use of herbicides - 2,4-D

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Beneficial 7 Parrot’s feather: Use of herbicides - 2,4-D

Directly plant peatland mosses

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Directly plant peatland mosses

Carnivores: Provide food on a random temporal schedule

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 7 Carnivores: Provide food on a random temporal schedule

Sow uncropped arable field margins with an agricultural nectar and pollen mix

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6 Sow uncropped arable field margins with an agricultural nectar and pollen mix

Leave arable field margins uncropped with natural regeneration

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6 Leave arable field margins uncropped with natural regeneration

Replace honey-hunting with apiculture

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6 Replace honey-hunting with apiculture

Leave uncut strips of rye grass on silage fields

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Likely to be beneficial 6 Leave uncut strips of rye grass on silage fields

Create scrapes and pools

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 6 Create scrapes and pools

Legally protect habitats

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Likely to be beneficial 6 Legally protect habitats

Protect bird nests using electric fencing

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Likely to be beneficial 6 Protect bird nests using electric fencing

Create beetle banks

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Unlikely to be beneficial 6 Create beetle banks
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