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What Works in Conservation 2015

 | 
William J. Sutherland
, 
Lynn V. Dicks
, 
Nancy Ockendon
, 
et al.

1. Amphibian conservation

1.1. Threat: Residential and commercial development

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Based on the collated evidence, what is the current assessment of the effectiveness of interventions for residential and commercial development?

Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence)

● Legal protection of species

No evidence found (no assessment)

● Protect brownfield or ex-industrial sites
● Restrict herbicide, fungicide and pesticide use on and around ponds on golf courses

Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence)

1Legal protection of species

2Three reviews, including one systematic review, in the Netherlands and UK found that legal protection of amphibians was not effective at protecting populations during development. Two reviews found that the number of great crested newt mitigation licences issued in England and Wales increased over 10 years. Assessment: unknown effectiveness – limited evidence (effectiveness 10%; certainty 35%; harms 7%).

3http://www.conservationevidence.com/​actions/​779

No evidence found (no assessment)

4We have captured no evidence for the following interventions:

  • Protect brownfield or ex-industrial sites
  • Restrict herbicide, fungicide and pesticide use on and around ponds on golf courses

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