Burning to create grazing patches for declining European rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus in Mediterranean scrubland, Doñana National Park, Andalucia, Spain

  • Published source details Moreno S. & Villafuerte R. (1995) Traditional management of scrubland for the conservation of rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus and their predators in Doñana National Park, Spain. Biological Conservation, 73, 81-85


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Use prescribed burning

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Use prescribed burning

    A replicated, controlled, paired sites study in 1991–1992 of scrubland in a national park in southern Spain (Moreno & Villafuerte 1995) found that burned plots hosted higher densities of European rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus than did unburned plots. More rabbit pellets were counted in burned plots both in wet scrubland (burned: 11.6 pellets/plot/year; unburned: 9.8) and in dry scrubland (burned: 6.8; unburned: 1.6). Four plots each in wet and dry scrubland were burned in summer 1989. Each was paired with an unburned plot 1 km away, in the same habitat. Plots measured 300 × 200 m. Rabbit pellets were counted monthly in 1991 and 1992 at random sample locations in each plot.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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