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Agroforestry Systems

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 195–212 | Cite as

Faunal use of bluegum ( Eucalyptus globulus ) plantations in southwestern Australia

  • R. HobbsEmail author
  • P.C. Catling
  • J.C. Wombey
  • M. Clayton
  • L. Atkins
  • A. Reid
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Abstract

We examined the faunal use of Eucalyptus globulus plantations in southern Western Australia, and compared use of remnant vegetation, agricultural land and plantations in different positions relative to large tracts of remnant vegetation. In general, faunal use of plantations is less than in comparison with adjacent remnant vegetation, but more than in open pasture. For all faunal groups there were almost twice as many species recorded in the native vegetation than in any site in the plantations or on agricultural land and they were in greater abundance. Faunal use of plantation edges and interiors did not show consistent patterns. Generally, edges next to remnants were most frequently used, but individual species showed a wide range of patterns of use across the various habitat types studied. More species of bird identified as being “at risk” were found in plantation edges than in interiors. Adjacency to remnant vegetation increased plantation use by some species, but the overall differences between isolated plantations and those adjacent to remnant vegetation were relatively small. We conclude that plantations provide some value in terms of habitat for some species, including some of conservation concern, but that this value is limited by the lack of habitat complexity in the intensively-managed plantations.

Biodiversity; Hardwood plantations; Remnant vegetation; Tasmanian Bluegum 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Hobbs
    • 1
    Email author
  • P.C. Catling
    • 2
  • J.C. Wombey
    • 2
  • M. Clayton
    • 2
  • L. Atkins
    • 3
  • A. Reid
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Environmental ScienceMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia
  2. 2.CSIRO, Sustainable EcosystemsCanberra, ACTAustralia
  3. 3.CSIRO, Sustainable EcosystemsPO WembleyAustralia

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