Effects of logging, fire and drought on possums and gliders in the coastal forests near Bega, N.S.W.

Seven species of possums and gliders were found during a survey in logged coastal forests near Bega on the south coast of New South Wales. A study of the preferences for the various tree species shows that both commercial and non-commercial species must be retained to support the full range of possum-glider species. Spotlight searches were carried out in six adjacent coupes each autumn from 1981 to 1983. Four species (Petaurus breviceps, P. australis, Petauroides volans , and Pseudocheirus peregrinus ) were seen frequently enough to determine their habitat preferences. There were significantly fewer possums and gliders in logged coupes, with a greater impact on some species, such as Pd. volans , than others, such as P. breviceps . Fire rendered the logged areas even less habitable, and drought compounded the effect of logging and fire by further reducing numbers.

Author D. Lunney
Year 1987
Secondary title Australian Wildlife Research
Volume 14
Number 3
Pages 263-274
Links https://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/144.htm