Do young eucalypt plantations benefit bats in an intensive agricultural landscape?
Bradley S Law, Mark Chidel, Trent Penman
Wildlife Research | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2011
Context Environmental benefits of timber plantations have been a major selling point for land use change from previously cleared farmland, but data concerning the response of biodiversity are scarce. Aims We investigated the use of young (411 years old) timber plantations by bats in comparison with other vegetation classes in a highly cleared and productive agricultural landscape in north-west New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Methods Initially, we recorded activity in paddocks before plantation establishment, and then four to six years after establishment. We compared activity within young eucalypt plantations with surrounding paddocks and remnant woodland. We also radio-tracked four differ..View full abstract
Awarded by NAP/NHT2 Eucalypt Plantations project
The project was funded federally through NAP/NHT2 Eucalypt Plantations project SLA 0013 R3 NAP. We thank many landholders for granting permission to access their land during the course of our study. Gerhard Kortner kindly loaned data loggers to assist with radio-tracking bats and Matt Gibson provided access to AnaScheme software. Helpful comments on the manuscript were provided by R. Kavanagh, R. Hacker and two anonymous referees.