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Individual study: The efficacy of nestboxes versus spotlighting for detecting feathertail gliders

Published source details

Ward S.J. (2000) The efficacy of nestboxes versus spotlighting for detecting feathertail gliders. Wildlife Research, 75-79


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Provide bat boxes for roosting bats Bat Conservation

A study in 1994–1997 in one forest site in Victoria, Australia (Ward 2000) found that lesser long-eared bats Nyctophilus geoffroyi, large forest bats Vespadelus darlingtoni, southern forest bats Vespadelus regulus and eastern false pipistrelles Falsistrellus tasmaniensis used nest boxes. A total of 73 bats of the four species were captured in nest boxes installed for feathertail gliders Acrobates pygmaeus. In July 1994, forty nest boxes were installed in a 7 ha area of forest dominated by Eucalyptus spp. Boxes were 50 m apart, had a 15 mm-wide entrance hole and were attached to tree trunks at 4.5 m above the ground. Nest boxes were checked approximately every two months between July 1995 and May 1997.

(Summarised by Anna Berthinussen)