Evidence synthesis communities and the future of evidence-informed conservation

Neal R Haddaway, Matthew J Grainger, Gavin Stewart From computer science to public health, from sustainable agriculture to marine conservation, evidence synthesis is increasingly seen as a vital piece of the decision-making process. Evidence synthesis methodologies are developing rapidly, aided by new technologies that can make synthesis work more efficient. At the same time, communitiesContinue reading “Evidence synthesis communities and the future of evidence-informed conservation”

What evidence matters most in conservation practice?

Dr Anne Mupepele is a Postdoc and Lecturer at the Department of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology, University of Freiburg Conservation practitioners frequently have to prioritize which actions to take to preserve or restore ecosystems, biodiversity or threatened species.  Calls that such actions should be based on scientific evidence are not new (Stuart 1945; CochraneContinue reading “What evidence matters most in conservation practice?”

Applied Ecology Resources: connecting research and practice

Marc Cadotte is a Professor at the University of Toronto and Chair of Applied Ecology Resources, as well as Editor-in-Chief of its accompanying journal, Ecological Solutions and Evidence. Effective conservation and applied ecological management and policy requires that information from both research and practice are available. While it is a straightforward endeavour to search forContinue reading “Applied Ecology Resources: connecting research and practice”

Hot off the press: new Marsh and Swamp Conservation synopsis

Nigel Taylor is a postdoctoral researcher at Tour du Valat, Research Institute for the Conservation of Mediterranean Wetlands. He is one of the authors of the Marsh and Swamp Conservation synopsis. When you think of marshes and swamps, you might think of smelly wastelands full of mosquitoes and alligators. But they are in fact vitalContinue reading “Hot off the press: new Marsh and Swamp Conservation synopsis”

Nature’s Sure Connected: a practical framework and guidance for evidencing outcomes of landscape-scale conservation.

Dr Paul Tinsley-Marshall is the Conservation Evidence Manager at Kent Wildlife Trust, UK The Lawton Principles continue to guide the delivery of conservation in the UK, eleven years on from the publication of Making Space for Nature[1]. Lawton’s influential review outlined a need for more, bigger, better and joined spaces for nature, to create aContinue reading “Nature’s Sure Connected: a practical framework and guidance for evidencing outcomes of landscape-scale conservation.”

Bat conservation: an evidence-based approach

Dr Winifred Frick is Chief Scientist at Bat Conservation International I first learned about Conservation Evidence during a plenary talk by Dr. Paul Racey, Regius Professor Emeritus of Natural History from the University of Aberdeen, at the International Berlin Bat Meeting in 2017 on the theme ‘Are bats special as conservation targets?’ At the time,Continue reading “Bat conservation: an evidence-based approach”

The lonely tuatara

Will Morgan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Conservation Evidence and is currently working on the Reptile Conservation synopsis. Two bird feeders hang on an apple tree in the front garden. One filled with peanuts, the other with sunflower hearts. I read online that gold finches have a particular fondness for sunflower hearts and so,Continue reading “The lonely tuatara”

From preservation to recovery: The role of nature reserves in a 21st century Wildlife Trust

Guest post by Dr Gareth Parry, Director for Nature’s Recovery, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Fundamental changes are needed if ambitions to halt and reverse wildlife declines are to become more than talk. Wildlife NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organisations) are quick to hold Governments to account for failing to meet targets for tackling biodiversity declines. The most recent failureContinue reading “From preservation to recovery: The role of nature reserves in a 21st century Wildlife Trust”

Publishing in the Conservation Evidence Journal

Our first blog introduced the concept of evidence-based conservation and the work being carried out by the team at Conservation Evidence and the collaborations with Evidence Champions. Here at our linked, online, peer reviewed, open access (and free to publish in) Conservation Evidence Journal, we publish studies that TEST conservation actions in order to addContinue reading “Publishing in the Conservation Evidence Journal”


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