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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Provide training for land managers, farmers and farm advisers

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Evidence not assessed 1 Provide training for land managers, farmers and farm advisers

Provide specialist advice, assistance preparing conservation plans

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Provide specialist advice, assistance preparing conservation plans

Provide short grass for birds

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Evidence not assessed 1 Provide short grass for birds

Manage hedgerows to benefit wildlife (includes no spray, gap-filling and laying)

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Likely to be beneficial 20 Manage hedgerows to benefit wildlife (includes no spray, gap-filling and laying)

Provide other resources for birds (water, sand for bathing)

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Provide other resources for birds (water, sand for bathing)

Plant nettle strips

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Plant nettle strips

Restore or create traditional water meadows

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Likely to be beneficial 22 Restore or create traditional water meadows

Provide buffer strips alongside water courses (rivers and streams)

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 7 Provide buffer strips alongside water courses (rivers and streams)

Raise water levels in ditches or grassland

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

Remove flood defence banks to allow inundation

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Remove flood defence banks to allow inundation

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

Plant more than one crop per field (intercropping)

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

Reduce tillage

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Likely to be beneficial 46 Reduce tillage

Control scrub

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Control scrub

Take field corners out of management

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Evidence not assessed 1 Take field corners out of management

Add yellow rattle seed Rhinanthus minor to hay meadows

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Add yellow rattle seed <i>Rhinanthus minor</i> to hay meadows

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

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

Delay mowing or first grazing date on pasture or grassland

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Likely to be beneficial 15 Delay mowing or first grazing date on pasture or grassland

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

Restore/create species-rich, semi-natural grassland

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Beneficial 71 Restore/create species-rich, semi-natural grassland

Use organic rather than mineral fertilizers

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Beneficial 19 Use organic rather than mineral fertilizers

Manage ditches to benefit wildlife

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Likely to be beneficial 11 Manage ditches to benefit wildlife

Undersow spring cereals, with clover for example

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

Plant crops in spring rather than autumn

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

Raise mowing height on grasslands to benefit farmland wildlife

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 7 Raise mowing height on grasslands to benefit farmland wildlife
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