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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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 Synopsis Link

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 Synopsis Link

Soil: Add slurry to the soil

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

Soil: Use crop rotations

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

Reintroduce primates into habitat with predators

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

Sow seeds

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Likely to be beneficial 14 Sow seeds Synopsis Link

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 Synopsis Link

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 Synopsis Link

Release captive-bred mammals into fenced areas

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Beneficial 14 Release captive-bred mammals into fenced areas Synopsis Link

Raise water levels in ditches or grassland

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

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 Synopsis Link

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 Synopsis Link

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 Synopsis Link

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 Synopsis Link

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  Synopsis Link

Reintroduce primates as single/multiple individuals

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

Increase number of livestock

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 13 Increase number of livestock Synopsis Link

Add mosses to peatland surface

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Beneficial 13 Add mosses to peatland surface Synopsis Link

Designate a Marine Protected Area with a zonation system of activity restrictions

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Likely to be beneficial 13 Designate a Marine Protected Area with a zonation system of activity restrictions Synopsis Link

Rehabilitate injured, sick or weak mammals

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Likely to be beneficial 13 Rehabilitate injured, sick or weak mammals Synopsis Link

Reduce intensity of grazing by domestic livestock

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Beneficial 13 Reduce intensity of grazing by domestic livestock Synopsis Link

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 Synopsis Link

Reduce grazing intensity

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Reduce grazing intensity 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
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