By: William J Sutherland(Editor), Lynn V Dicks(Editor), Nancy Ockendon(Editor), Rebecca K Smith(Editor)
404 pages, colour tables
- Is leaving headlands in fields unsprayed beneficial for wildlife?
- Is paying farmers to cover the costs of bird conservation measures effective?
- Is using prescribed fire beneficial for young trees in forests?
- Does translocating frogs benefit wild populations?
- Is providing artificial roost structures for bats beneficial?
What Works in Conservation has been created to provide practitioners with answers to these and many other questions about practical conservation. This second edition provides an assessment of the effectiveness of 763 conservation interventions based on summarized scientific evidence (versus 648 interventions in the first edition). Chapters cover the practical global conservation of amphibians, bats, birds and forests, conservation of European farmland biodiversity and some aspects of enhancing natural pest control, enhancing soil fertility and control of freshwater invasive species. It contains key results from the summarized evidence for each conservation intervention and an assessment of the effectiveness of each by international expert panels. The accompanying website describes each of the studies individually, and provides full references.
"[...] This book successfully collates the pros and cons of a wide range of conservation techniques based on available scientific evidence. It also highlights the need for more research to be done, not least into some of the more basic procedures."
– Chris Gregory, BTO book reviews
Review of the first edition:
"[...] This is a remarkable piece of work, providing an assessment of the effectiveness of 648 conservation interventions based on a distillation of the underlying scientific evidence. [...]"
– Des Thompson, BES Bulletin 48(1), April 2017
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