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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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Plant nectar flower mixture/wildflower strips

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Beneficial 104 Plant nectar flower mixture/wildflower strips

Restore/create species-rich, semi-natural grassland

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Beneficial 71 Restore/create species-rich, semi-natural grassland

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

Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

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Beneficial 65 Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

Translocate to re-establish or boost populations in native range

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Evidence not assessed 64 Translocate to re-establish or boost populations in native range

Leave headlands in fields unsprayed (conservation headlands)

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Beneficial 57 Leave headlands in fields unsprayed (conservation headlands)

Change tillage practices

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 56 Change tillage practices

Install barrier fencing and underpasses along roads

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Evidence not assessed 55 Install barrier fencing and underpasses along roads

Provide or retain set-aside areas in farmland

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Beneficial 54 Provide or retain set-aside areas in farmland

Create uncultivated margins around intensive arable or pasture fields

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Beneficial 49 Create uncultivated margins around intensive arable or pasture fields

Plant wild bird seed or cover mixture

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Beneficial 49 Plant wild bird seed or cover mixture

Reduce fertilizer, pesticide or herbicide use generally

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Beneficial 47 Reduce fertilizer, pesticide or herbicide use generally

Pay farmers to cover the cost of conservation measures (as in agri-environment schemes)

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Likely to be beneficial 47 Pay farmers to cover the cost of conservation measures (as in agri-environment schemes)

Reduce tillage

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Likely to be beneficial 46 Reduce tillage

Provide artificial nest sites for solitary bees

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Awaiting assessment 45 Provide artificial nest sites for solitary bees

Other biodiversity: Exclude grazers

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 45 Other biodiversity: Exclude grazers

Provide bat boxes for roosting bats

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 42 Provide bat boxes for roosting bats

Soil: Use no tillage in arable fields

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Likely to be beneficial 40 Soil: Use no tillage in arable fields

Soil: Use reduced tillage in arable fields

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Beneficial 40 Soil: Use reduced tillage in arable fields

Plant wild bird seed or cover mixture

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Beneficial 40 Plant wild bird seed or cover mixture

Reduce management intensity on permanent grasslands (several interventions at once)

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Likely to be beneficial 38 Reduce management intensity on permanent grasslands (several interventions at once)

Provide supplementary food for songbirds to increase reproductive success

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Likely to be beneficial 37 Provide supplementary food for songbirds to increase reproductive success

Use prescribed burning

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Evidence not assessed 37 Use prescribed burning

Thin trees within forests: effects on understory plants

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Likely to be beneficial 37 Thin trees within forests: effects on understory plants

Use prescribed fire: effect on understory plants

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 37 Use prescribed fire: effect on understory plants
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