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Individual study: The use of nest boxes by arboreal marsupials in the forests of the Central Highlands of Victoria

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Lindenmayer D.B., MacGregor C.I., Cunningham R.B., Incoll R.D., Crane M., Rawlins D. & Michael D.R. (2003) The use of nest boxes by arboreal marsupials in the forests of the Central Highlands of Victoria. Wildlife Research, 30, 259-264


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Provide artificial dens or nest boxes on trees Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A replicated study in 1998–2002 of two Eucalyptus regnans-forests in Victoria, Australia (Lindenmayer et al. 2003) found that nest boxes were used by four arboreal marsupial species, with large high boxes used more than smaller or lower boxes. No statistical analyses were performed. Leadbeater’s possum Gymnobelideus leadbeateri, mountain brushtail possum Trichosurus cunninghami, common ringtail possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus and eastern pygmy possum Cercartetus nanus were recorded. There were 38 records of presence of these species in large high boxes, 16 in small high boxes, 10 in large low boxes and 18 in small low boxes. In each of two forests, 12 locations were selected. Each had four trees in a 20 × 20 m square. At each location, a large high, large low, small high and small low box was installed in October–November 1998, one on each tree. Large and small box volumes were 0.038 m3 and 0.019 m3 respectively. High and low boxes were set at 8 m and 3 m height respectively. Boxes were checked 10 times to January 2002. Mammal occupancy was determined by animal presence, or hairs left on sticky devices.

(Summarised by Nick Littlewood)