1876 Actions found

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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Use pesticides only when pests or crop damage reach threshold levels

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 14 Use pesticides only when pests or crop damage reach threshold levels

Use crop rotation

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Beneficial 14 Use crop rotation

Amend the soil with formulated chemical compounds

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Likely to be beneficial 14 Amend the soil with formulated chemical compounds

Amend the soil with fresh plant material or crop remains

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 14 Amend the soil with fresh plant material or crop remains

Amend the soil with manures and agricultural composts

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 14 Amend the soil with manures and agricultural composts

Crop production: Plant or maintain ground cover in orchards or vineyards

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 14 Crop production: Plant or maintain ground cover in orchards or vineyards

Soil: Add slurry to the soil

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 14 Soil: Add slurry to the soil

Soil: Use crop rotations

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 14 Soil: Use crop rotations

Reintroduce primates into habitat with predators

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 14 Reintroduce primates into habitat with predators

Sow seeds

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Likely to be beneficial 14 Sow seeds

Parrot’s feather: Use of herbicides - other herbicides

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Likely to be beneficial 14 Parrot’s feather: Use of herbicides - other herbicides

Cut/mow herbaceous plants to maintain or restore disturbance

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Likely to be beneficial 14 Cut/mow herbaceous plants to maintain or restore disturbance

Raise water levels in ditches or grassland

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Likely to be beneficial 13 Raise water levels in ditches or grassland

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

Provide calcium supplements to increase survival or reproductive success

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Likely to be beneficial 13 Provide calcium supplements to increase survival or reproductive success

Thin trees within forests: effects on young trees

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Likely to be beneficial 13 Thin trees within forests: effects on young trees

Use wire fencing to exclude large native herbivores

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Likely to be beneficial 13 Use wire fencing to exclude large native herbivores

Pest regulation: Plant or maintain ground cover in orchards or vineyards

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 13 Pest regulation: Plant or maintain ground cover in orchards or vineyards

Provide supplementary food for a certain period of time only

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 13 Provide supplementary food for a certain period of time only

Reintroduce primates as single/multiple individuals

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 13 Reintroduce primates as single/multiple individuals

Increase number of livestock

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 13 Increase number of livestock

Add mosses to peatland surface

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Beneficial 13 Add mosses to peatland surface

Control weeds without damaging other plants in conservation areas

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 12 Control weeds without damaging other plants in conservation areas

Reduce grazing intensity

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Reduce grazing intensity

Employ grazing in natural grasslands

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