Protocols

Synopsis protocols

A synopsis protocol is written before a new, or an update of an existing synopsis is produced. The protocol describes the methodology that will be used to produce the synopsis, which is based on the standard subject-wide Conservation Evidence synthesis methodology. Each protocol is reviewed by the synopsis advisory board, who are listed at the beginning of the protocol. The advisory board is a group of experts in diverse topics within the subject, representing the geographic range covered by the synthesis, and including a mix of academics, practitioners and policy-makers.

Each protocol has been registered (on a specific date) on the Open Science Framework (https://osf.io/mz5rx/).

Additional literature searches and advisory board members may be added during the development of synopsis, and in a small number of cases a decision may be made (in collaboration with the advisory board) to summarise the evidence for a subset of interventions, due to time restrictions for example. The introduction section of published synopses will detail the finalised methodology. For each published synopsis the complete list of literature sources searched can be viewed, as well as the advisory board.

Bat Conservation

Bird Conservation

Cool Farm Biodiversity

Marine Fish Conservation

Marine Mammal Conservation

Reptile Conservation

Terrestrial and Freshwater Invertebrate Conservation

Update of Bird Conservation

Wetland Conservation

Amphibian Conservation

Published 2014

Bat Conservation

Published 2020

Bee Conservation

Published 2010

Bird Conservation

Published 2013

Control of Freshwater Invasive Species

Published 2017

Farmland Conservation

Published 2013

Forest Conservation

Published 2016

Management of Captive Animals

Published 2018

Mediterranean Farmland

Published 2017

Natural Pest Control

Published 2013

Peatland Conservation

Published 2018

Primate Conservation

Published 2017

Priority Knowledge Needs for Sustainable Farming Addressed

Published 2015

Shrubland and Heathland Conservation

Published 2017

Soil Fertility

Published 2013

Subtidal Benthic Invertebrate Conservation

Published 2020

Sustainable Aquaculture

Published 2013

Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

Published 2020

What Works in Conservation

What Works in Conservation provides expert assessments of the effectiveness of actions, based on summarised evidence, in synopses. Subjects covered so far include amphibians, birds, terrestrial mammals, forests, peatland and control of freshwater invasive species. More are in progress.

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