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Individual study: Use of nest boxes by mardos, Antechinus flavipes leucogaster, in regenerating karri forest in South Western Australia.

Published source details

Wardell-Johnson G. (1986) Use of nest boxes by mardos, Antechinus flavipes leucogaster, in regenerating karri forest in South Western Australia. Australian Wildlife Research, 13, 407-418


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Provide artificial dens or nest boxes on trees Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A replicated study in 1982–1984 in woodland at four sites in Western Australia, Australia (Wardell-Johnson 1986) found that nest boxes were used by mardos Antechinus flavipes. Within a 16-year-old regenerating block, all 36 boxes were used at least once, with 2–34 boxes being used across the 18 inspections. Single visits also revealed use of 7/34 boxes in virgin forest and 5/34 in streamside trees, but 0/34 were used in a 50-year-old regenerating block. Thirty-six nest boxes (internal volumes of 0.003–0.017 m3) were erected in each of four areas in June 1982. The 16-year-old block was 47-ha of regenerating karri forest. This was clear-felled in 1966 and prescribed burned in 1967. Boxes were fixed 3–5.5 m up trees. Further sites were virgin forest, retained streamside trees within a four-year-old regenerating block and a 50-year-old regenerating block. Boxes at these sites were set at 4.5–6.5 m height. Boxes were checked in the 16-year-old block monthly, from September 1982 to August 1983, then six further times to May 1984. Boxes at other sites were checked once, in May 1983.

(Summarised by Nick Littlewood)