Wooden poles can provide habitat connectivity for a gliding mammal

  • Published source details Goldingay R.L., Taylor B.D. & Ball T. (2011) Wooden poles can provide habitat connectivity for a gliding mammal. Australian Mammalogy, 33, 36-43.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Install pole crossings for gliders/flying squirrels

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Install pole crossings for gliders/flying squirrels

    A replicated study in 2006–2010 of a pasture and two highways through a woodland in Queensland, Australia (Goldingay et al. 2011) found that lines of poles were used by squirrel gliders Petaurus norfolcensis to cross the gaps between trees. At the pasture site, squirrel gliders were detected on all five surveys of poles. At the highway crossing sites, gliders were detected on 25 out of 30 and 11 out of 16 surveys of poles. Summing records for each pole in each monitoring session, gliders were recorded on 13/20 poles at the pasture site and 130/240 and 32/114 poles at highway sites. Canopy gaps of 50–70 m were spanned by 5–8 poles, 5–12 m high and 5–22 m apart. One pole line was across a pasture and two were over existing wildlife bridges across highways. Poles had crossbars attached close to the top. Squirrel glider usage of poles was assessed using hair tube surveys between October 2006 and April 2010.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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