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Individual study: Faunal use of bluegum (Eucalyptus globulus) plantations in southwestern Australia

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Hobbs R., Catling P.C., Wombey J.C., Clayton M., Atkins L. & Reid A. (2003) Faunal use of bluegum (Eucalyptus globulus) plantations in southwestern Australia. Agroforestry Systems, 58, 195-212

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A replicated, site comparison study in 1999 of four agricultural sites planted with native bluegum Eucalyptus globulus in Western Australia (Hobbs et al 2003) found that tree plantations next to remnant vegetation had higher overall bat activity than isolated plantations or agricultural grazing land, but the number of bat species was similar. More bat passes were recorded in plantations next to remnant vegetation (52 bat passes) than in plantations isolated from remnant vegetation (4 bat passes) or over agricultural grazing land (14 bat passes), although no statistical tests were carried out. Bat activity was highest in remnants of original vegetation (75 bat passes). Similar numbers of bat species (2–4) were recorded in plantations and grazing land. Eight bat species were recorded in total (see original paper for data for individual species). All four sites had farm forestry plantations (4–6 years old), remnants of original native vegetation, and open grazing land. At each of four sites, one location within each of four habitats (plantations next to remnants, isolated plantations, grazing land, and remnant vegetation) was sampled with a bat detector for one full night in October 1999.

(Summarised by Anna Berthinussen)