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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Provide live natural prey to captive mammals to foster hunting behaviour before release

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Evidence not assessed 3 Provide live natural prey to captive mammals to foster hunting behaviour before release

Install ledges in culverts under roads/railways

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Evidence not assessed 3 Install ledges in culverts under roads/railways

Remove eggs from wild nests to increase reproductive output

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Remove eggs from wild nests to increase reproductive output

Reduce pesticide, herbicide or fertiliser use

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Reduce pesticide, herbicide or fertiliser use

Plant cereals for whole crop silage

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Plant cereals for whole crop silage

Avoid illumination of bat commuting routes

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Avoid illumination of bat commuting routes

Provide artificial nesting sites for wildfowl using artificial/floating islands

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Provide artificial nesting sites for wildfowl using artificial/floating islands

Retain residual tree patches in logged areas

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Retain residual tree patches in logged areas

Use prescribed fire to maintain or restore disturbance

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Use prescribed fire to maintain or restore disturbance

Retain forested corridors in logged areas

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Retain forested corridors in logged areas

Enhance soil compaction

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 3 Enhance soil compaction

Provide monetary benefits to local communities for sustainably managing their forest and its wildlife (e.g. REDD, employment)

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Provide monetary benefits to local communities for sustainably managing their forest and its wildlife (e.g. REDD, employment)

Use red lighting rather than other lighting colours

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Use red lighting rather than other lighting colours

Cease or prohibit the harvesting of scallops

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Cease or prohibit the harvesting of scallops

Physically remove problematic plants

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Physically remove problematic plants

Impose restrictions on cave visits

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Impose restrictions on cave visits

Reduce pesticide or fertilizer use

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Evidence not assessed 3 Reduce pesticide or fertilizer use

Habituate primates to human presence to reduce stress from tourists/researchers etc.

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Habituate primates to human presence to reduce stress from tourists/researchers etc.

Divert/replace polluted water source(s)

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Divert/replace polluted water source(s)

Log/remove trees within forests: effects on non-vascular plants

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 3 Log/remove trees within forests: effects on non-vascular plants

Provide nesting habitat for birds that is safe from extreme weather

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Provide nesting habitat for birds that is safe from extreme weather

Leave bat roosts and roost entrances unlit

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Leave bat roosts and roost entrances unlit

Use low intensity lighting

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Use low intensity lighting

Use vegetation removal together with mechanical disturbance to the soil

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Use vegetation removal together with mechanical disturbance to the soil

Provide additional sleeping platforms/nesting sites for primates

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Provide additional sleeping platforms/nesting sites for primates
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