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Individual study: Do nest boxes in restored woodlands promote the conservation of hollow-dependent fauna?

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Lindenmayer D., Crane M., Blanchard W., Okada S. & Montague-Drake R. (2016) Do nest boxes in restored woodlands promote the conservation of hollow-dependent fauna? Restoration Ecology, 24, 244-251


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Provide artificial dens or nest boxes on trees Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A study in 2010–2013 of planted and remnant woodland patches at 30 sites in New South Wales, Australia (Lindenmayer et al. 2016) found that nest boxes were used by five native and one non-native mammal species. Use of boxes was detected for yellow-footed antechinus Antechinus flavipes (two detections), sugar glider Petaurus breviceps (two detections), common brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula (52 detections), common ringtail possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus (eight detections) and lesser long-eared bat Nyctophilus geoffroyi (four detections). The introduced black rat Rattus rattus was also detected on 24 occasions. One each of five nest box designs was placed at 30 sites. Sites comprised seven connected woodland plantations, nine isolated woodland plantations (>70 m from native vegetation), eight connected remnant woodlands, and six isolated remnant woodlands (>70m from native vegetation). Boxes were erected in February 2010 and checked in October 2010, December–January of 2010–2011, October 2011 and December–January of 2012–2013. Mammals were identified from live animals or from signs, such as faeces.

(Summarised by Nick Littlewood)