The importance of exotic plantation forest for the New Zealand long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus)

Borkin, Kerry M. & Parsons, Stuart (2010) The importance of exotic plantation forest for the New Zealand long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus). New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 37(1), pp. 35-51.

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Abstract

Environmental certification schemes have stimulated increasing interest in biodiversity and its management within exotic plantation forests. These schemes expect management to be scientifically-based, even though little is known about how often, or which, native species use exotic plantation forests. Greater knowledge of the ecology of native species within exotic plantation forests is required to advise management and reduce risks to native species, particularly those that are rare, such as the New Zealand long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus). Long-tailed bats use exotic plantation forests throughout New Zealand but need protection from the impacts of forest management, and particularly clear-fell harvest, that is achievable only through a better understanding of their biology. The consequences of the current reduced re-planting, and the conversion of plantation forests into pasture resulting in smaller forested areas, should not be ignored because they may be associated with reductions in long-tailed bat populations. We review the current knowledge of long-tailed bats' use of exotic plantation forests, and report for the first time which exotic plantations long-tailed bats are known to use. We make recommendations for the design of monitoring programmes to detect long-tailed bats within plantation forests, and for research into the effects of forest management, especially logging, and comment on the likely impacts of reductions in forested areas on long-tailed bats.

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ID Code: 79753
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: bats, Chalinolobus tuberculatus , long-tailed bat, management, New Zealand, plantation forest, roost selection, production forest use, threatened species, land conversion
DOI: 10.1080/03014221003602190
ISSN: 1175-8821
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 22 Jan 2015 04:47
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015 03:47

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