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Individual study: Forest riparian buffers were effective at maintaining bird and arthropod numbers but not amphibians

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Marczak L.B., Sakamaki T., Turvey S.L., Deguise I., Wood S.L.R. & Richardson J.S. (2010) Are forested buffers an effective conservation strategy for riparian fauna? An assessment using meta-analysis. Ecological Applications, 20, 126-134


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Retain riparian buffer strips during timber harvest Amphibian Conservation

A meta-analysis of global studies of amphibians in harvested forests (Marczak et al. 2010) found that riparian buffers were not effective at maintaining amphibian abundance. Amphibian abundance was significantly lower in buffers compared to unharvested areas. Frogs and toads (15 studies) showed greater differences between buffers and unharvested sites (both positive and negative) compared to salamanders (16 studies). There was no significant effect of buffer width or time since buffer establishment on the size of the difference in abundance between buffers and unharvested sites (amphibians, birds, small mammals and arthropods combined). Wider buffers did not result in greater similarity between buffer and unharvested sites. A meta-analysis was undertaken using published data from 31 studies comparing abundance of species in riparian buffers and unharvested riparian sites.