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.
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