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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Reduce grazing intensity

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Likely to be beneficial 12 Reduce grazing intensity

Provide short grass for waders

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Provide short grass for waders

Raise mowing height on grasslands to benefit birds

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Raise mowing height on grasslands to benefit birds

Delay haying/mowing

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Likely to be beneficial 5 Delay haying/mowing

Leave uncut rye grass in silage fields for birds

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Likely to be beneficial 4 Leave uncut rye grass in silage fields for birds

Plant cereals for whole crop silage

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Plant cereals for whole crop silage

Maintain lowland heathland

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Maintain lowland heathland

Maintain rush pastures

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Maintain rush pastures

Maintain traditional water meadows

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Likely to be beneficial 4 Maintain traditional water meadows

Maintain upland heath/moor

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Maintain upland heath/moor

Plant Brassica fodder crops

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Plant Brassica fodder crops

Use mixed stocking

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Use mixed stocking

Use traditional breeds of livestock

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Unlikely to be beneficial 1 Use traditional breeds of livestock

Employ areas of semi-natural habitat for rough grazing

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0 Employ areas of semi-natural habitat for rough grazing

Maintain wood pasture and parkland

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Maintain wood pasture and parkland

Exclude grazers from semi-natural habitats

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 11 Exclude grazers from semi-natural habitats

Protect nests from livestock to reduce trampling

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Unlikely to be beneficial 2 Protect nests from livestock to reduce trampling

Mark fences to reduce bird collision mortality

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Likely to be beneficial 1 Mark fences to reduce bird collision mortality

Create open patches or strips in permanent grassland

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Create open patches or strips in permanent grassland

Maintain traditional orchards

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Maintain traditional orchards

Manage perennial bioenergy crops to benefit wildlife

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Manage perennial bioenergy crops to benefit wildlife

Scare birds from fish farms

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 16 Scare birds from fish farms

Disturb birds at roosts

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Likely to be beneficial 5 Disturb birds at roosts

Plant grass buffer strips/margins around arable or pasture fields

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Beneficial 69 Plant grass buffer strips/margins around arable or pasture fields

Use electric fencing to exclude fish-eating birds

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Likely to be beneficial 2 Use electric fencing to exclude fish-eating birds
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