Rapid commencement of ecosystem recovery following aerial baiting on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island

Shaw, Justine, Terauds, Aleks and Bergstrom, Dana (2011) Rapid commencement of ecosystem recovery following aerial baiting on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. Ecological Management and Restoration, 12 3: 241-244. doi:10.1111/j.1442-8903.2011.00611.x


Author Shaw, Justine
Terauds, Aleks
Bergstrom, Dana
Title Rapid commencement of ecosystem recovery following aerial baiting on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island
Journal name Ecological Management and Restoration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1839-3330
1442-7001
Publication date 2011-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2011.00611.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 12
Issue 3
Start page 241
End page 244
Total pages 4
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduced rabbits have severely impacted the terrestrial ecosystem of sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. Here we describe first observations of rapid recovery of an important plant species following the commencement of a vertebrate pest eradication plan. The tussock grass Poa foliosa, a major component of the Macquarie Island landscape, has been severely impacted by rabbit grazing with large-scale reductions in cover across the island observed at times over the last 50 years. Preliminary aerial baiting for rabbits and rodents commenced in winter 2010, and within 6 months, we observed substantial regrowth of tussock grass. The rapid re-emergence of this grass over such a short time period following localised removal of rabbits has positive implications for the island’s recovery and provides insight for restoration monitoring.
Keyword Eradication
Introduced rabbits
Island restoration
Poa foliosa
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
 
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