Journal article

Exploring relationships between native vertebrate biodiversity and grazing land condition

Scott A Parsons, Alex Kutt, Eric P Vanderduys, Justin J Perry, Lin Schwarzkopf

RANGELAND JOURNAL | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2017

Abstract

Although commercial grazing can degrade natural habitats, sustainably grazed land may be effective for wildlife conservation. Thus, land condition frameworks that assess the landscape quality of grazed land may also be useful for assessment of habitat quality for wildlife. However, the relationship between the condition of grazed land and native biodiversity is mostly unknown, and this knowledge gap must be addressed to adequately balance commercial production and conservation. In the present case study we determined the relevance of a widely used grazing land condition scale to understanding native vertebrate species richness and abundance (birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and all these..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), CSIRO, and local Natural Resource Management Boards. The authors thank numerous staff and volunteers who collected field data over the years and numerous landholders, including Traditional Owners, for allowing access to the sites for sampling. The authors thank the three anonymous reviewers for their comments, which helped improve the manuscript.