Retain riparian buffers in logged areas
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
This intervention involves retaining unlogged buffers along streams and rivers in logged areas. This may provide foraging and roosting opportunities for bats and maintain connectivity in disturbed landscapes. A study in Australia found that riparian buffers in logged areas had similar overall bat activity and species richness to unlogged mature forest (Lloyd et al. 2006). See also ‘Retain forested corridors in logged areas’.
To be included as evidence for this intervention, studies must have monitored a comparison, i.e. compared logged areas where riparian buffers have been kept intact with similar/nearby logged areas where riparian buffers have not been kept. There must have been an active decision (i.e. intervention) to retain the riparian buffer and the study must state when the intervention was carried out.
For a similar intervention relevant to agriculture, see ‘Threat: Agriculture – All farming systems – Retain riparian buffers in agricultural areas’. For an intervention that involves planting riparian buffers to reduce pollution, see ‘Threat: Pollution – Agricultural and forestry effluents – Plant riparian buffer strips’.
Lloyd A., Law B. & Goldingay R. (2006) Bat activity on riparian zones and upper slopes in Australian timber production forests and the effectiveness of riparian buffers. Biological Conservation, 129, 207–220.