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Individual study: Impact of prescribed burning of karri Eucalyptus diversicolor forest understorey on bird abundance and species richness at Treen Brook State Forest, near Pemberton, Western Australia

Published source details

Wooller R.D. & Brooker K.S. (1980) The effects of controlled burning on some birds of the understorey in karri forest. Emu, 80, 165-166


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Use prescribed burning on Australian sclerophyll forest Bird Conservation

A before-and-after study at Treen Brook State Forest, Western Australia, Australia (Wooller & Brooker 1980), in 1978-1979 found no significant effect on overall bird abundance of understorey burning of karri Eucalyptus diversicolor forest, but two species (of low conservation concern) present prior to the burn were absent afterwards and five species not caught pre-burn were captured post-burn. Capture data from pre-burn (May 1978; 31 net-days) and post-burn (May 1979; 37 net-days) mist-netting was used to monitor birds. In May 1979, 83 individuals of 15 species were captured, comparable to the 66 individuals of 12 species caught in May 1978 (allowing for difference in catch effort).