Reptiles in restored agricultural landscapes: the value of linear strips, patches and habitat condition
S Jellinek, KM Parris, MA McCarthy, BA Wintle, DA Driscoll
Animal Conservation | WILEY | Published : 2014
Habitat restoration, including revegetation of linear strips and enlargement of remnant patches, may benefit native fauna in highly fragmented landscapes. Such restoration has occurred around the world, even though the relative importance of strips and patches of vegetation remains controversial. Using reptile communities from south-eastern Australia, we assessed the conservation value of revegetation in strips and alongside remnant patches compared with remnant vegetation and cleared roadsides. We also examined the distance that reptiles occurred from remnant patches into linear vegetation. We found that reptile species richness and counts did not substantially differ between revegetated, r..View full abstract
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S.J. undertook this project thanks to the assistance of the Norman Wettenhall Foundation, the University of Melbourne Albert Shimmins Postgraduate Scholarship, Greening Australia Victoria, the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority and VicRoads. This paper was supported by the University of Melbourne Albert Shimmins postgraduate writing-up award (SJ). DD was supported by the Australian Government's National Environmental Research Program and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. We thank the landholders who allowed us onto their properties and volunteers who helped with this research and Professor Geoff Cumming for assistance with the interpretation of CIs.