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What Works in Conservation 2017

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

4. FARMLAND CONSERVATION

4.5 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)

● Provide owl nest boxes (tawny owl, barn owl)

No evidence found (no assessment)

● Maintain traditional farm buildings
● Provide bat boxes, bat grilles, improvements to roosts

Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence)

Provide owl nest boxes (tawny owl, barn owl)

1Two studies (one before-and-after study) from the Netherlands and the UK found providing nest boxes increased barn owl populations. A replicated study from the UK found a decrease in the proportion of breeding barn owls was not associated with the number of nest boxes. Assessment: unknown effectiveness — limited evidence (effectiveness 100%; certainty 33%).
http://www.conservationevidence.com/​actions/​154

No evidence found (no assessment)

2We have captured no evidence for the following interventions:

  • Maintain traditional farm buildings

  • Provide bat boxes, bat grilles, improvements to roosts

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