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

Published source details

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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Retain remnant forest or woodland on agricultural land Bat Conservation

A replicated, site comparison study in 1999 of four agricultural sites with remnant forest and plantations in Western Australia (Hobbs et al 2003) found that remnants of native forest had higher overall bat activity and more bat species than plantations or agricultural grazing land. More bat passes were recorded in remnant forest (75 bat passes) than in plantations next to remnant vegetation (52 bat passes), isolated plantations (4 bat passes) or over agricultural grazing land (14 bat passes), although no statistical tests were carried out. More bat species were recorded in remnant forest (8 species) than in plantations and grazing land (2–4). Eight bat species were recorded in total (see original reference for data for individual species). All four sites had remnants of original native forest, farm forestry plantations (4–6 year old native bluegum Eucalyptus globulus), and open grazing land. At each of four sites, one location within each of four habitats (remnant forest, plantations next to remnants, isolated plantations and grazing land) was sampled with a bat detector for one full night in October 1999.

(Summarised by Anna Berthinussen)

Create tree plantations on agricultural land to provide roosting and foraging habitat for bats Bat Conservation

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 reference 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)