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British Wildlife 34.8 August 2023

Conservation translocations in Britain

Conservation translocations, the intentional movement and release of an organism for conservation purposes, are increasingly being used to restore biodiversity and well-known reintroduction projects have caught the imagination of the public in particular. Here, the authors review the history, best practice and potential uses of these techniques.

Conservation translocations – the movement of species for conservation benefit – are some of the most high-profile conservation interventions in Britain today. With some notable exceptions, many do not always have the direct, large-scale biodiversity impacts of major habitat-restoration programmes.

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