Introduced predators are a serious threat to New Zealand’s indigenous fauna. Reducing the abundance of predators is the main method used for protection, but it is not a guarantee for sustaining prey populations because it can also depend on the abundance of the prey themselves; the abundance of other prey species, particularly pest species; or the nature of the habitat that the prey species occupy.
We explored the temporal and spatial patterns of clutch predation of banded dotterels (Charadrius bicinctus, and recorded nest habitat, nest density, and predator and rabbit (the main prey of predators) abundance to find predictors of clutch predation.
|Author||Norbury, G. and Heyward, R.|
|Secondary title||13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference|
|Place published||Wellington, NZ|