How to save a species?

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you care about wildlife and wild places, and want to protect them. So how can we best protect the nature that we care about? Well, one important aspect is making sure that every conservation action we take is the most effective one possible.

Finding out which conservation actions work best can be difficult. If you wanted to know what time of year to mow your meadow, whether to put up bat boxes and which type to use, or how to get amphibians to cross the road, how would you go about it? You could ask lots of people, or try to read scientific papers; but people’s anecdotes can be unreliable, and many academic papers are hidden behind paywalls and tough to read.

Alternatively, you could look at the Conservation Evidence database. This website collects the scientific evidence on how well different conservation actions or solutions work, summarises the scientific papers in plain English, and makes all the information freely available. Absolutely brilliant!

Find out more here