Examined the effect of experimentally adding Course Woody Debris, in four different treatments, on reptile abundance in temperate woodlands in south-eastern Australia – one of the most highly degraded vegetation types on the continent. They investigated the influence that varying grazing pressure and vegetation density had on those effects.
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Reduction of grazing was the most effective way of increasing small skink abundance in high density vegetation.
Herbivore exclusion fence, addition of woody debris
Reducing grazing can have an additive effect in open and mid-density vegetation situations, but our result indicated that in high density vegetation it is the key management tool for increasing skink abundance.
P values, cross-sectional linear mixed models
Goorooyarroo and Mulligans Flat nature reserves, ACT
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Manning, A. D., R. B. Cunningham and D. B. Lindenmayer (2013). "Bringing forward the benefits of coarse woody debris in ecosystem recovery under different levels of grazing and vegetation density." Biological Conservation 157(0): 204-214.