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Individual study: Experimental fire management regimes lead to a decline in the survival of northern brown bandicoots Isoodon macrourus at the Kapalga Research Station, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Published source details

Pardon L.G., Brook B.W., Griffiths A.D. & Braithwaite R.W. (2003) Determinants of survival for the northern brown bandicoot under a landscape-scale fire experiment. Journal of Animal Ecology, 72, 106-115


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Burn at specific time of year Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A randomized, replicated, controlled study in 1989–1995 of a forest site in Northern Territory, Australia (Pardon et al. 2003) found that in forest burned early in the dry season, northern brown bandicoot Isoodon macrourus survival rate declined less than in forests burned late in the dry season. In early burn sites, the bimonthly survival rate fell during the study from 0.76 to 0.59 compared to a larger reduction in sites burned later in the year, from 0.78 to 0.19. Four compartments each extended across 15–20 km2. Two were burned early in the dry season (May–June) and two were burned late in the dry season (September–October, mimicking wildfire). Treatments were assigned randomly to compartments and were applied annually in 1990–1994. Bandicoots were surveyed by live-trapping in each compartment, over two nights, bimonthly, from July 1989 to May 1995.

(Summarised by Nick Littlewood)