A survey of the mammals of the coastal State Forests, adjacent farmlands and coastal national park near Bega, on the south coast of New South Wales, was undertaken between 1979 and 1984. A total of 39 native and 10 exotic species was found in the area surveyed. That 17 (44%) of the native species were bats demonstrates the importance of considering this order of mammals in both future surveys and forest management. The presence of species varied according to the land-use category of the area surveyed. State Forest was richest and contained 37 of the 39 native species found. Coastal national park supported 17 native species, while only 7 were found on farmland. Of the 39 species, 14 were considered rare in the survey area, 11 were uncommon and 14 common. Of the twelve methods of detection used, the most productive was predator scat analysis, which yielded 24 native species and 9 exotic species. The survey was conducted using a wide variety of detection methods in logged and unlogged, burnt and unburnt forest and through drought years. Observations were made about the impact of logging, fire and drought on native mammals and proposals made for their conservation and management.
Mammals of the Coastal Forests near Bega, New South Wales I. Survey
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Daniel Lunney, John Barker; Mammals of the Coastal Forests near Bega, New South Wales I. Survey. Australian Zoologist 1 December 1986; 23 (2): 19–28. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.1986.008
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