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Habitat islands in a sea of urbanisation

Bryant, G.L., Kobryn, H.T., Hardy, G.E.St.J. and Fleming, P.A. (2017) Habitat islands in a sea of urbanisation. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 28 . pp. 131-137.

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Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2017.10.016
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Abstract

Cities can provide important habitat for wildlife conservation. Many species do not make much use of anthropogenic resources, but instead are largely reliant on natural habitat remaining within a matrix of urban development, and are engulfed by encroaching housing development. Understanding which factors influence their presence and activities will allow us to manage these habitat remnants for biodiversity conservation. To this aim, we carried out a field survey recording evidence of quenda (Isoodon obesulus fusciventer) foraging digs over 106 reserves managed by the City of Mandurah, the fastest growing regional city in Australia. We identified vegetation extent and condition as primary factors correlated with the presence of quenda digging activity. In addition, the extent of canopy cover and amount of woody debris are important habitat variables to quenda, while there was a negative correlation with access to the reserves by domestic dogs (Canis familiaris). Although we included a range of urbanisation measures in the analyses (including the amount of roads nearby to each reserve, the distance to roads and the distance to buildings), none were correlated with quenda digging activity. This study indicates that quenda can persist in the urban landscape despite human activities, but highlights the importance of protected bushland reserves for their conservation.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Copyright: © 2017 Elsevier GmbH
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/39048
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