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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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Physically protect nests with individual exclosures/barriers or provide shelters for chicks of waders

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Physically protect nests with individual exclosures/barriers or provide shelters for chicks of waders Synopsis Link

Remove/control adult brood parasites

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Remove/control adult brood parasites Synopsis Link

Leave headlands in fields unsprayed (conservation headlands)

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Leave headlands in fields unsprayed (conservation headlands) Synopsis Link

Provide supplementary food for raptors to increase reproductive success

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Provide supplementary food for raptors to increase reproductive success Synopsis Link

Translocate songbirds

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Translocate songbirds Synopsis Link

Use decoys to attract birds to safe areas

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Use decoys to attract birds to safe areas Synopsis Link

Retain riparian buffer strips during timber harvest

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Retain riparian buffer strips during timber harvest Synopsis Link

Captive breeding toads

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 12 Captive breeding toads Synopsis Link

Create ponds for frogs

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Beneficial 12 Create ponds for frogs Synopsis Link

Grow cover crops when the field is empty

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Beneficial 12 Grow cover crops when the field is empty Synopsis Link

Use organic farming instead of conventional farming

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Use organic farming instead of conventional farming Synopsis Link

Use prescribed burning

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Use prescribed burning Synopsis Link

Use wire fences within grazing areas to exclude livestock from specific forest sections

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Use wire fences within grazing areas to exclude livestock from specific forest sections Synopsis Link

Remove woody debris after timber harvest

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Unlikely to be beneficial 12 Remove woody debris after timber harvest Synopsis Link

Log/remove trees within forests: effects on understory plants

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Beneficial 12 Log/remove trees within forests: effects on understory plants Synopsis Link

Pest regulation: Use no tillage in arable fields

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 12 Pest regulation: Use no tillage in arable fields Synopsis Link

Other biodiversity: Use fewer grazers

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 12 Other biodiversity: Use fewer grazers Synopsis Link

Use fences to exclude livestock from shrublands

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Use fences to exclude livestock from shrublands Synopsis Link

Reintroduce primates into habitat where the species is absent

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Reintroduce primates into habitat where the species is absent Synopsis Link

Rehabilitate injured/orphaned primates

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 12 Rehabilitate injured/orphaned primates Synopsis Link

Cover peatland with organic mulch (after planting)

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Cover peatland with organic mulch (after planting) Synopsis Link

Create artificial reefs

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Create artificial reefs Synopsis Link

Use guardian animals (e.g. dogs, llamas, donkeys) bonded to livestock to deter predators to reduce human-wildlife conflict

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Beneficial 12 Use guardian animals (e.g. dogs, llamas, donkeys) bonded to livestock to deter predators to reduce human-wildlife conflict Synopsis Link

Restore former mining sites

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Evidence not assessed 12 Restore former mining sites Synopsis Link

Use repellents that taste bad (‘contact repellents’) to deter crop or property damage by mammals to reduce human-wildlife conflict

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Use repellents that taste bad (‘contact repellents’) to deter crop or property damage by mammals to reduce human-wildlife conflict Synopsis Link
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