A pilot study, using remotely deployed ultrasonic bat detectors, was undertaken in the Conondale Ranges as part of a research programme to assess the impacts of wet sclerophyll logging on native wildlife. The remote system was of the voice activated type and tested because of its costs relative to other systems. The remote detection technique was inefficient as a means for identifying ail potential species that occur in the area, because of slow response by the equipment to switch on in response to bat calls, problems with high noise to signal ratio and the behaviour of some species relative to the remote equipment. Only eight species were recorded out of a potential eighteen species that occur in the Conondale Ranges. The highest diversity and activity measures were recorded in the intermediate site, last logged in 1961, and the lowest in the regrowth site. These preliminary results are not conclusive because of small sample size and difficulties with the methodology.
Current limitations in the use of bat detectors to assess the impact of logging — a pilot study in south-east Queensland
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Maritza de Oliveira, Geoffrey Smith, Luke Hogan; Current limitations in the use of bat detectors to assess the impact of logging — a pilot study in south-east Queensland. Australian Zoologist 1 June 1999; 31 (1): 110–117. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.1999.011
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