How often, how far, how risky and how biased?

Example of fine-scale vegetation fragmentation (individual trees
fragmented by urban development, NSW). (Image http://www.wagga.
nsw.gov.au/city-of-wagga-wagga/recreation/lake-albert)

How often, how far, how risky and how biased?

Movement behaviour mediates the impacts of habitat fragmentation at multiple scales KEY MESSAGES Different scales of fragmentation have lethal consequences for animals with certain movement traits For at-risk species, the impact of fine-scale fragmentation was accentuated when fragmentation also occurred at the coarse scale The land use to target with conservation actions to reduce fragmentation […]

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Fragmentation and ecosystem services

Connecting a fragmented landscape with human wellbeing Key messages natural landscapes are being fragmented in Australia and around the world not only does this impact biodiversity, it also disrupts the provision of ecosystem services we propose a new framework that examines the supply, demand and flow of ecosystem services as a means of assessing the […]

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Which birds are ‘woodland birds’? It depends on who
you ask. These are black-faced woodswallows, classified as a woodland bird in 37.5% of lists. (Photo by Eric  Vanderuys)

What’s in a name?

The consequences of inconsistently classifying woodland birds (and other terms) Key messages woodland birds are inconsistently classified this inconsistency has a significant impact on research involving woodland birds inconsistencies in other areas of conservation science are likely having similar impact Woodland birds are bird species which depend on native woodlands. They are sometimes called woodland-dependent […]

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Clearing of mulga in central Australia. Conservation activities in heavily cleared landscapes focus on keeping the remaining large patches intact, often disregarding the increasingly important role of smaller patches in conserving biodiversity. (Photo by Michelle Venter)

Small patches need greater protection

Small patches of native vegetation are critically important to biodiversity conservation and need greater protection from clearing according to a new analysis undertaken by Ayesha Tulloch and colleagues. Just because a patch of native vegetation might be small, doesn’t mean we can afford to lose it. The researchers examined historical and current patch-size distributions to […]

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Genes in a fragmented habitat

Animals don’t move across landscapes at random, and the way in which they disperse has important implications for the dynamics of populations in fragmented habitat. There are a number of ways in which we can use genetic data to improve our understanding of dispersal in fragmented ecosystems.

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Pasture land in the Brigalow Belt. (Photo by Leonie Seabrook)

One small crop or two large pastures?

How the impact of land use on forest fragmentation varies with spatial scale  The fragmentation of forest ecosystems is a major cause of species extinction. Fragmentation is the process by which forest cover is broken apart into smaller fragments (as opposed to the loss of the total amount of forest). It’s caused by human activities […]

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