Action: Leave unharvested cereal headlands within arable fields
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- We found no evidence for the effects of leaving unharvested cereal headlands within arable fields on bird populations.
'No evidence' for an action means we have not yet found any studies that directly and quantitatively tested this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
Unharvested cereal headlands are strips of cereal crop around the edge of arable fields that are left throughout the winter. In addition, they are often treated less intensively with few fertilisers and no broadleaved herbicides.