Investigated (i) how native and weed species richness and cover changed following autumn prescribed fire and (ii) effectiveness of management techniques at reducing the impacts of grazing by western grey kangaroos.
Type of Study:
Fencing significantly increased cover of native shrubs and grasses through prevention of kangaroo grazing. However, kangaroos also appeared to play a role in suppressing weedy annual grasses post-fire in these woodlands.
grazing exclusion plots, fire
Western grey kangaroos could be an effective tool for managing weeds in these woodlands. Further research into combining fencing and weed control appears warranted. Temporary fencing postfire, combined with weed control inside fences, could allow shrubs to establish before grazers are introduced to maintain low weed abundance.
P values, PERMANOVA, Euclidian distance
Swan Coastal Plain, WA
Response variable :
counts, species richness, species cover
Brown, K., Paczkowska, G., & Gibson, N. (2016). "Mitigating impacts of weeds and kangaroo grazing following prescribed fire in a Banksia woodland." Ecological Management & Restoration 17(2): 133-139.