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Individual study: Brown treecreeper Climacteris picumnus densities increase in response to replacement of coarse woody debris on Gunbower Island, Victoria, Australia

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Mac Nally R., Horrocks G. & Pettifer L. L. (2002) Experimental evidence for potential beneficial effects of fallen timber in forests. Ecological Applications, 12, 1588-1594


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In Gunbower State Forest, Victoria, Australia, a randomised, replicated, controlled study (MacNally et al. 2002) found that brown treecreeper Climacteris picumnus numbers were consistently higher in plots of red river gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis forest with coarse woody debris (aged fallen wood >10 cm in diameter) added to them, compared to control plots (1.5-2.2 birds/ha in plots with 40-80 Mg/ha or more of debris added vs. 0.6 and 0.4 birds/ha for 20 Mg/ha and no debris added treatments). Birds appeared not to discriminate between logs and tree crowns.