700,000 articles reviewed for new Reptile Conservation synopsis of evidence

17th January 2022

The Conservation Evidence group, led by CCI Council member Prof Bill Sutherland, have published the Reptile Conservation synopsis of evidence – the latest publication in their series of conservation synopses.

The aim of a synopsis of evidence is to gather together available evidence for all of the possible actions you could carry out to conserve a given species group or habitat: in this case, reptiles. Actions include anything from captive breeding and head-starting, to changing livestock grazing regimes and adding woody debris to the landscape; and from relocating eggs to hatcheries and translocating problem reptiles, to the use of education and awareness raising programs. For every action, all of the scientific evidence that can be found is gathered; each piece of evidence is described in an easy to digest summary paragraph; and the evidence further condensed into a set of key messages.

In creating the synopsis, nearly 300 journals and eight report series were searched, amounting to around 700,000 articles – ensuring all of the available evidence for all of the possible actions you could carry out to conserve reptiles were included in the compilation.

The Reptile Conservation synopsis is now freely available on the Conservation Evidence group website as part of a searchable database and to download as a PDF, and it contains evidence from over 700 publications that test the effect of nearly 200 different actions.