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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Mark nests during harvest

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 1 Mark nests during harvest

Relocate nests at harvest time to reduce nestling mortality

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Likely to be beneficial 1 Relocate nests at harvest time to reduce nestling mortality

Offer per clutch payment for farmland birds

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Offer per clutch payment for farmland birds

Control scrub on farmland

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Control scrub on farmland

Take field corners out of management

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Take field corners out of management

Reduce conflict by deterring birds from taking crops using bird scarers

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Likely to be beneficial 2 Reduce conflict by deterring birds from taking crops using bird scarers

Reduce conflict by deterring birds from taking crops using repellents

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Reduce conflict by deterring birds from taking crops using repellents

Increase crop diversity to benefit birds

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Increase crop diversity to benefit birds

Use ‘mosaic management’

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Use ‘mosaic management’

Leave overwinter stubbles

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Likely to be beneficial 14 Leave overwinter stubbles

Plant nettle strips

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Plant nettle strips

Leave unharvested cereal headlands within arable fields

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Leave unharvested cereal headlands within arable fields

Sow crops in spring rather than autumn

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Sow crops in spring rather than autumn

Undersow spring cereals, with clover for example

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Likely to be beneficial 5 Undersow spring cereals, with clover for example

Plant more than one crop per field (intercropping)

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Plant more than one crop per field (intercropping)

Revert arable land to permanent grassland

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 5 Revert arable land to permanent grassland

Reduce tillage

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 10 Reduce tillage

Use 1% barley in wheat crops for corn buntings

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Use 1% barley in wheat crops for corn buntings

Leave uncropped, cultivated margins or plots, including lapwing and stone curlew plots

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Likely to be beneficial 9 Leave uncropped, cultivated margins or plots, including lapwing and stone curlew plots

Create skylark plots for bird conservation

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Create skylark plots for bird conservation

Create corn bunting plots

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Create corn bunting plots

Plant cereals in wide-spaced rows

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 1 Plant cereals in wide-spaced rows

Create beetle banks

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Unlikely to be beneficial 6 Create beetle banks

Maintain species-rich, semi-natural grassland

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Likely to be beneficial 2 Maintain species-rich, semi-natural grassland

Reduce management intensity on permanent grasslands for birds

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Reduce management intensity on permanent grasslands for birds
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