Synopsis protocols

A synopsis protocol is written before a new, or an update of an existing synopsis is produced. The protocol describes the methodology that will be used to produce the synopsis, which is based on the standard subject-wide Conservation Evidence synthesis methodology. Each protocol is reviewed by the synopsis advisory board, who are listed at the beginning of the protocol. The advisory board is a group of experts in diverse topics within the subject, representing the geographic range covered by the synthesis, and including a mix of academics, practitioners and policy-makers.

Each protocol has been registered (on a specific date) on the Open Science Framework (

Additional literature searches and advisory board members may be added during the development of synopsis, and in a small number of cases a decision may be made (in collaboration with the advisory board) to summarise the evidence for a subset of interventions, due to time restrictions for example. The introduction section of published synopses will detail the finalised methodology. For each published synopsis the complete list of literature sources searched can also be viewed here, and the advisory board here.

Bird Conservation

Mammal Conservation

Marine Fish Conservation

Reptile Conservation

Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

Wetland Conservation

Amphibian Conservation

Published 2014

Bat Conservation

Published 2019

Bee Conservation

Published 2010

Bird Conservation

Published 2013

Control of Freshwater Invasive Species

Published 2017

Farmland Conservation

Published 2013

Forest Conservation

Published 2016

Management of Captive Animals

Published 2018

Mediterranean Farmland

Published 2017

Natural Pest Control

Published 2013

Peatland Conservation

Published 2018

Primate Conservation

Published 2017

Priority Knowledge Needs for Sustainable Farming Addressed

Published 2015

Shrubland and Heathland Conservation

Published 2017

Soil Fertility

Published 2013

Subtidal Benthic Invertebrate Conservation

Published 2020

Sustainable Aquaculture

Published 2013
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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