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Birds in a degraded landscape - safety nets for capturing regional biodiversity

Ford, H., Barrett, C. and Recher, H. (1996) Birds in a degraded landscape - safety nets for capturing regional biodiversity. In: Saunders, D.A., Craig, J.L. and Mattiske, E.M., (eds.) The role of networks. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, N.S.W, Australia, pp. 43-50.


Eucalypt woodlands on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales have been cleared, fragmented and degraded since European settlement in the middle of the 19th century. In attempting to conserve the full diversity of species in the region, it is too crude to look simply at the factors that are correlated with the local number of species. Conversely, it is unrealistic to attempt to manage each species individually. Instead, the authors have classified birds into a number of groups, on the basis of their frequency of occurence, sensitivity to habitat fragmentation and degradation, and major habitat requirements. The authors propose a regional management plan for the avifauna, which identifies the people with whom lies the main responsibility of the conservation of these different groups of birds.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Surrey Beatty & Sons
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