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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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Add mulch to crops

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 11 Add mulch to crops

Amend the soil using a mix of organic and inorganic amendments

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Beneficial 11 Amend the soil using a mix of organic and inorganic amendments

Amend the soil with bacteria or fungi

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Amend the soil with bacteria or fungi

Amend the soil with composts not otherwise specified

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Amend the soil with composts not otherwise specified

Amend the soil with crops grown as green manures

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Amend the soil with crops grown as green manures

Amend the soil with formulated chemical compounds

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Likely to be beneficial 14 Amend the soil with formulated chemical compounds

Amend the soil with fresh plant material or crop remains

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 14 Amend the soil with fresh plant material or crop remains

Amend the soil with manures and agricultural composts

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 14 Amend the soil with manures and agricultural composts

Amend the soil with municipal wastes or their composts

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 2 Amend the soil with municipal wastes or their composts

Amend the soil with non-chemical minerals and mineral wastes

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Amend the soil with non-chemical minerals and mineral wastes

Amend the soil with organic processing wastes or their composts

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Amend the soil with organic processing wastes or their composts

Change the timing of manure application

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Change the timing of manure application

Change the timing of ploughing

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Change the timing of ploughing

Change tillage practices

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 56 Change tillage practices

Control traffic and traffic timing

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Likely to be beneficial 9 Control traffic and traffic timing

Convert to organic farming

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 7 Convert to organic farming

Encourage foraging waterfowl

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1 Encourage foraging waterfowl

Grow cover crops beneath the main crop (living mulches) or between crop rows

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Likely to be beneficial 6 Grow cover crops beneath the main crop (living mulches) or between crop rows

Grow cover crops when the field is empty

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Beneficial 12 Grow cover crops when the field is empty

Incorporate leys into crop rotation

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 1 Incorporate leys into crop rotation

Plant new hedges

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 5 Plant new hedges

Reduce fertilizer, pesticide or herbicide use generally

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 3 Reduce fertilizer, pesticide or herbicide use generally

Reduce grazing intensity

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Reduce grazing intensity

Restore or create low input grasslands

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 2 Restore or create low input grasslands

Retain crop residues

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 6 Retain crop residues
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