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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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Thin trees by girdling (cutting rings around tree trunks)

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Thin trees by girdling (cutting rings around tree trunks)

Use thinning followed by prescribed fire

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Unlikely to be beneficial 7 Use thinning followed by prescribed fire

Mechanically/manually remove invasive plants

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 4 Mechanically/manually remove invasive plants

Use herbicides to control invasive plant species

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Use herbicides to control invasive plant species

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

Use electric fencing to exclude large native herbivores

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Use electric fencing to exclude large native herbivores

Control rodents

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Control rodents

Legal protection of forests

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Legal protection of forests

Thin trees after wildfire

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 6 Thin trees after wildfire

Plant trees after wildfire

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Plant trees after wildfire

Sow tree seeds after wildfire

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 3 Sow tree seeds after wildfire

Remove burned trees

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Remove burned trees

Use selective thinning after restoration planting

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Use selective thinning after restoration planting

Cover the ground with plastic mats after restoration planting

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Cover the ground with plastic mats after restoration planting

Cover the ground using techniques other than plastic mats after restoration planting

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Cover the ground using techniques other than plastic mats after restoration planting

Apply herbicides after restoration planting

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Apply herbicides after restoration planting

Water plants to preserve dry tropical forest species

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Water plants to preserve dry tropical forest species

Plant a mixture of tree species to enhance diversity

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Plant a mixture of tree species to enhance diversity

Sow tree seeds

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Sow tree seeds

Build bird-perches to enhance natural seed dispersal

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Build bird-perches to enhance natural seed dispersal

Remove or disturb leaf litter to enhance germination

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Remove or disturb leaf litter to enhance germination

Use fertilizer

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 8 Use fertilizer

Add lime to the soil to increase fertility

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Add lime to the soil to increase fertility

Add organic matter

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 4 Add organic matter

Use soil scarification or ploughing to enhance germination

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 9 Use soil scarification or ploughing to enhance germination
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Forest Conservation - Published 2016

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What Works in Conservation

What Works in Conservation

What Works in Conservation assesses the research looking at whether interventions are beneficial or not. It is based on summarised evidence in synopses, on topics such as amphibians, bats, biodiversity in European farmland, and control of freshwater invasive species. More are available and in progress.

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