Synopses

What is a synopsis?

A synopsis of evidence reviews the effectiveness of all the possible actions you could take to conserve a given species group or habitat or to tackle a particular conservation issue. 

See list of synopses below.

For each action, a synopsis brings together the available scientific evidence with short summaries that are quick and easy to read. For each piece of evidence it describes the background context, action taken and consequences, with references and links to more information on our website.

Each synopsis is developed in partnership with an international advisory board of conservationists and researchers who specialise in that area.

For more information about the methods used for these synopses please see the methods and protocols, and for evidence sources see here for all sources or the catalogue of journals searched: by synopsis.

As well as those completed below, six global conservation synopses are currently being produced on the conservation of reptiles, marine fish (selected actions), terrestrial invertebrates (selected groups), wetlands (marshes and swamps), grasslands (selected actions) and enhancing biodiversity on marine artificial structures. Additional topics are also being added to the synopsis on the control of invasive species. We are also currently updating the synopsis on the conservation of birds.

View protocols for upcoming synopses

List of synopses 

Amphibian Conservation

Amphibian Conservation

Published 2014
Bat Conservation

Bat Conservation

Published 2021
Bee Conservation

Bee Conservation

Published 2010
Bird Conservation

Bird Conservation

Published 2013
Control of Freshwater Invasive Species

Control of Freshwater Invasive Species

Published 2017
Farmland Conservation

Farmland Conservation

Published 2013
Forest Conservation

Forest Conservation

Published 2016
Management of Captive Animals

Management of Captive Animals

Published 2018
Marine and Freshwater Mammal Conservation

Marine and Freshwater Mammal Conservation

Published 2021
Mediterranean Farmland

Mediterranean Farmland

Published 2017
Natural Pest Control

Natural Pest Control

Published 2013
Peatland Conservation

Peatland Conservation

Published 2018
Primate Conservation

Primate Conservation

Published 2017
Priority Knowledge Needs for Sustainable Farming Addressed

Priority Knowledge Needs for Sustainable Farming Addressed

Published 2015
Shrubland and Heathland Conservation

Shrubland and Heathland Conservation

Published 2017
Soil Fertility

Soil Fertility

Published 2013
Subtidal Benthic Invertebrate Conservation

Subtidal Benthic Invertebrate Conservation

Published 2020
Sustainable Aquaculture

Sustainable Aquaculture

Published 2013
Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

Published 2020
Bat Conservation

Bat Conservation

Published 2014
Bat Conservation

Bat Conservation

Published 2019
Bat Conservation

Bat 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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