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Search or browse our database of the evidence for the effectiveness of ecological restoration management actions. 

Restoration Evidence is a free resource that aims to make ecological restoration more effective by providing evidence on which restoration actions work, and which don't. The searchable website contains summaries of scientific research on the effects of actions to restore habitats, in order to support decision making.  

We have currently summarized the evidence for ecological restoration of forests, peatland vegetation, shrublands and heathlands, and farmland, and also restoration actions aimed at enhancing populations of birds, amphibians, bees, bats and primates.

Actions are categorized by the target habitat or species. You can either use the search box or browse by habitats or species of interest using the buttons below. The full Restoration Evidence database is available here.

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Why use Restoration Evidence?

Evidence-based conservation is about basing decisions on the best possible evidence as to what works and what doesn’t. Restoration that is based simply on intuition or experience can be costly and lead to poor outcomes. Considering the scientific evidence when making decisions has the potential to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Restoration Evidence aims to give restoration practitioners, managers and policy-makers access to the latest and most relevant ecological knowledge in order to support their decisions.

Where does the evidence come from?

Restoration Evidence is a collaboration between the Endangered Landscapes Programme and Conservation Evidence.

The site is hosted by the Endangered Landscapes Programme, which aims to enable and improve landscape-scale restoration projects across Europe. 

Restoration Evidence contains a subset of the evidence, relating to the restoration of habitats, found on the Conservation Evidence website. Please see for the evidence relating to a wider range of conservation interventions, as well as information about our aims, methods and sources of evidence. Free pdfs of synopses of the evidence for all interventions for the conservation of vegetation in peatland, shrublands and heathlands, and forests are also available to download here


Coming soon: evidence for the effectiveness of restoration actions in wetlands and also grasslands.