Bird use of revegetated sites along a creek connecting rainforest remnants

  • Published source details Freeman A.N.D., Freeman A.B. & Burchill S. (2009) Bird use of revegetated sites along a creek connecting rainforest remnants. Emu, 109, 331-338.


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Restore or create forests

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  1. Restore or create forests

    A replicated, controlled study from 1999-2005 in eight restored corridor sites (average width 60 m) and five natural sites (3 sites 2-5 ha; 2 sites 260-490 ha) of riparian forest in Queensland, Australia (Freeman et al. 2009) found that restored and natural sites contained comparable numbers of species and community similarity increased over time. Overall, fewer species were found in natural than restored sites (60 vs. 71): 19 species were found only in natural sites; 30 species were found only in restored sites; 41 species were recorded in both sites. Over the study, 55% of the rainforest specialist species were recorded in restored sites. After 4-7 years, communities in restored sites were more similar to natural sites than younger restored sites (0-3 years old). Restoring habitat connectivity between remnant forest patches began in 1998 (50 000 trees planted by 2006) with 1-2 ha re-vegetated each year.


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