The effect of removing shrub cover on annual plants and small mammals in a coastal sand dune ecosystem

  • Published source details Kutiel P., Peled Y. & Geffen E. (2000) The effect of removing shrub cover on annual plants and small mammals in a coastal sand dune ecosystem. Biological Conservation, 94, 235-242.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Remove vegetation by hand/machine

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Remove vegetation by hand/machine

    A replicated, controlled study in 1995–1996 of a coastal sand dune in Israel (Kutiel et al. 2000) found that removing scrub did not increase abundances of habitat specialist sand-living small mammals. The total number of Anderson’s gerbils Gerbillus allenbyi in cleared plots (124) did not significantly differ from that in uncleared plots (107). The same applied for Tristram’s jird Meriones tristrami, (cleared: 3; uncleared: 8). However, scrub clearance reduced numbers of invasive house mice Mus musculus (cleared: 6; uncleared: 109). All aboveground woody vegetation was removed from two 50 × 50-m plots, in September 1995. Plots were >200 m apart. Uncleared plots were located 50–200 m from each cleared plot. Small mammals were surveyed using 36 Sherman live traps in each plot, over four nights, each month, from December 1995 to September 1996.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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