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Individual study: Can postmining revegetation create habitat for a threatened mammal?

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Craig M.D., White D.A., Stokes V.L. & Prince J. (2017) Can postmining revegetation create habitat for a threatened mammal? Ecological Management & Restoration, 18, 149-155


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Restore former mining sites Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A replicated, site comparison in 2012 in four revegetated mine sites and eight forest sites in Western Australia, Australia (Craig et al. 2017) found that after revegetating mined sites, quokka Setonix brachyurus activity did not differ in restored compared to in unmined forest sites. Quokka activity did not differ significantly between areas where forest had been revegetated after mining (detected on 4.7 nights/site) and forest that had never been mined (0–8.2 nights/site). Between 16 and 21 years before the study, part of the study landscape was sown with a seed mixture containing 76–111 plant species. In August–September 2012, a motion-sensitive-camera was strapped to a tree at a height of 0.3 m and was left active for 21 nights, in each of four restored sites, and eight unmined forests. Cameras were baited with apples, oats, honey, and peanut butter. The number of nights on which quokkas were detected was recorded.

(Summarised by Phil Martin)